Social-distancing and global lockdown orders have only magnified our already deep dependence on technologies of distraction, reminding us that electronic stimulation and profound boredom not only often co-exist, but are mutually reinforcing. This talk is a meditation on the liminal temporality of quarantine, and the ways in which rapidly coalescing digital environments reshape our sense of time, mortality, and the rather abstract gestalt that Marx called “species-being.” As such, this speculative talk models some of the interdisciplinary and creative approaches taught within the Liberal Studies program.
Presented by Dominic Pettman, University Professor of Media and New Humanities.
Prep reading: Agamben, Profound Boredom.
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