Very much looking forward to being a part of this year’s Campbell Conference. Science Fiction has been a staple of FAU’s curriculum for decades, and the Center for the Study of SF at Kansas University dates back to the 60s. I’ll definitely want to pore over KU’s Science Fiction Collection, especially the Sturgeon Papers.
I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of this exciting event in Sweden this spring!
Science Fiction Across Media: Alternative Histories, Alien Futures
My talk, “Welcome to the Greenhouse: Science Fiction,Conservation, and the Future of Domestic Space,” is archived on the HUMlab site.
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.
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.
“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.
When I was first thinking about ways that digital and natural ecologies worked together aesthetically, I was tied to the concept of subjectivity and gave a talk about it in HUMlab. I ended up steering away from this line of thinking, but I would like to return to this concept of “digital suture” at some point.