Speakers


Critical Media and Digital Studies

A series of presentations and conversations with the theme Critical Media and Digital Studies, featuring speakers invited to visit Penn State. Its goal is to present critical, rather than merely celebratory perspectives on the study of digital culture and media; to explore emerging perspectives on the politics of the technology industry, software engineering ethics, and the legislative regulation of data collection and analysis; and to integrate with the study of digital culture and media the study of social class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, disability, and postcoloniality, as well as non-Western cultural perspectives.

2017–18

  • April 19, 2018: Justin Joque, University of Michigan, author of Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)

  • April 5, 2018: Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth University, author of The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2018): “Drone Warfare, Drone Art, and the Limits of Identification”

  • October 12, 2017: Stephanie Boluk, University of California at Davis, author with Patrick LeMieux of Playing, Competing, Spectating, Cheating, Trading, Making, and Breaking Videogames (University of Minnesota Press, 2017): “From Metagames to Moneygames.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

2016–17

  • April 14, 2017: Margaret Schwartz, Fordham University, author of Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses (University of Minnesota Press, 2015): “On Revolutionary Tenderness: Towards a Feminist Ethics of Care for the Digital Age.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

  • March 31, 2017: Pooja Rangan, Amherst College, author of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (Duke University Press, 2017): “Autism, Voice, and the Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

  • March 17, 2017: Andrew Kopec, Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne: “Data Trouble: Toward a General Theory.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

  • November 29, 2016: Co-sponsored talk by David Gunkel, Northern Illinois University: “How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse: Machine Learning and the Ethics of Robot Rights”

  • October 6, 2016: Anna Everett, University of California at Santa Barbara: “Gaming Matters: Playing with Black Womyn MPCs.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

2015–16

  • April 21, 2016: Tom Eyers, Duquesne University: “Formalism in a Positivist Age.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

  • March 31, 2016: Matt Tierney, Penn State: “Critical Cyberculture in the Large World House.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

  • December 3, 2015: Anna Everett, University of California at Santa Barbara: “Gaming Matters: Playing with Black Womyn MPCs.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information). Event canceled (2015–12–01)

  • September 22, 2015: Siona Wilson, City University of New York: “Anarchy in the ICA: COUM Transmissions’ Queer Aesthetic.” • Resource page (includes event flyer and other information)

2014–2015