Peter Morris Memorial Lecture: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on 'Habitual New Media'
Jan 8, 2014, 3pm-5pm
New media technologies provoke both anxiety over surveillance and hope for empowerment.
In her talk titled "Habitual New Media" for the third annual Peter Morris Memorial Lecture, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, professor and chair of modern culture and media at Brown University, reveals that these two reactions complement rather than oppose each other.
We need to fight for the right to be vulnerable – and not get attacked.
Chun has studied both systems design engineering and English literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. Her scholarly work investigates the relationship between cultural formations and technological artifacts, between theoretical concepts in the humanistic and technological disciplines, and between popular perceptions of technology and technological protocols.
Situated mainly in the field of new media studies, her larger projects have been driven by questions such as: What is the impact of control technologies on mass media? What made the Internet, a communications network that had existed for years, a "new" or "exceptional" medium in the mid-1990s? How does the concept of "memory" cut across computational, biological and humanistic fields?
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the author of Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011) and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), and co-editor (with Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2005).
The annual Peter Morris Memorial Lecture features internationally recognized scholars working in the area of cinema and media studies, with a particular emphasis on histories of screen cultures. Previous presenters in the series have been Ian Christie (October 2011) and David Bordwell (October 2012).
|Location:||206 Accolade West Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street|
|Sponsor:||Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts|