Walter Benjamin


On April 17 we had a roundtable discussion on Walter Benjamin’s  “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” here at FAU.  I learned a lot from this event and am leaning evermore towards this presentation format, especially as opposed to the single-authored paper recitation/reading that dominates the MLA.


Digital Humanities and Social Justice

The Digital Humanities and Social Justice Workshop & Lecture Series

is a year-long research initiative that speaks to a shared commitment to using digital technology responsibly and fostering a critical dialog within the College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. Topics of discussion include the ethics of incarceration, immigration reform, gender politics and legislation, human rights, environmental action, and the historic complexities of discrimination. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the AMP Lab.

Chercher le texte

It was a pleasure to attend the Electronic Literature Organization‘s annual conference in Paris: Chercher le texte. In addition to planning and brainstorming about the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL) , I presented a section of my manuscript and received fantastic feedback that helped me revise it for publication, both for the book and as a stand-alone article for the electronic book review.

MLA 2013

MLA 2013, Boston:
Digital Technology, Environmental Aesthetics, Eco-critical Discourse

The objective of this special session is to initiate a conversation about the specific ways that digital technology participates in environmental aesthetics and practice. In particular, we aim to discuss the importance of codework, digital archivization, and digitally-based pedagogical techniques to environmental poetics. Continue reading “MLA 2013”

Modeling Knowledge Conference

For the past few days I’ve been at the “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities” workshop in Rhode Island. It’s been a treat to participate in a conversation about some of the most ancient and enduring questions we have as human beings: How do we model the world? How do we model models of the world? And how—and now we’re approaching the Borges parable “Exactitude in Science”—do we model our modeling of our models? This is all in the context of the digital humanities, of course, and therefore packaged up and explicated through xml and questions about ontological structures (both in terms of Aristotle and data schemata), but the conversation should be of interest to anyone interested in how it is we know what we know.

Pattern Recognition

Re-reading Pattern Recognition for my presentation at the ACLA in a couple of weeks. Although my presentation focuses upon the novel’s relation to film—in particular, Chris Marker’s La jetéePattern Recognition speaks to a vast and inter-related media ecology comprised of words, images, icons, fashion, adverts, watermarks, human labor, sigils, and typewriters (including, hilariously, “Stephen King’s Wang”). Published shortly after 9/11, and informed by the subsequent trauma of that event, the book remains a phenomenal read. Even though the rendering farm that makes the footage and therefore the F:F:F possible seems slightly antique ten years later, the theme of technological obsolescence and overlap is so expertly woven throughout the text that it doesn’t seem remotely out of date.

“a Wang…but not Mr. King’s”

“Power Zoom”

In January 2012, the Graduate Student Digital Assembly at the University of Florida invited me to participate in their symposium, “Digital Platforms and the Future of Books,”  which turned out to be a rich and rewarding discussion about metadata, digital publication formats, augmented reality, and the future of the reading interface.  My talk, “Power Zoom: Reading the Future through the Lens of the Past,” is archived on the symposium website.


SF Film Series

Jenna Ng, Jim Barrett, Scott Svatos, and other members of HUMlab and I started the HUMlab Science Fiction Film Series in 2010: “dedicated to bringing interesting science fiction movies to Umeå University for both entertainment and scholarly purposes. Films are centered around the general notion of human identity in relation to technology. In HUMlab, students, scholars, and artists explore the world using technology, seek to define and push the boundaries of current technological devices and tools, and investigate the nature of technology itself. The films in the Science Fiction film series do the same thing. We will explore technological issues by screening films that offer interesting perspectives both in terms of both content and production technique. This is not a series of “science fiction greats,” but a selection of movies that have something unique to say about the increasingly technological world in which we live.”

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Media Places Conference

“Green Mansions, Pixel Forests” was my swansong to Sweden.  I’d been a post-doc in HUMlab for a year, and after I presented this paper as a part of the Media Places Conference (2010), I was on a plane for LA the next day. This was a phenomenal conference; I was proud to have been invited to participate.  My talk, along with several outstanding others, is archived on the conference website.