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FALL 2016 :: CULTURES OF SURVEILLANCE


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For the Fall 2016 semester, Modernities Working Group is honored to present a lecture and discussion by narrative theorist, literary critic, film scholar, and media studies icon Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa): “Surveillancinema: Critique or Capitulation?”  (An Illustrated Presentation) Garrett Stewart James O. Freedman … Continue reading

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SPRING 2016 : MODERN TIME


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For Spring 2016 we’re delighted to continue our yearlong reanimation of the problem of modern time. This term we welcome distinguished scholars who will discuss three aspects of time in modernity: doing time (incarceration), keeping time (measurement), and changing time (in popular … Continue reading

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2015-2016: Modern Time


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We are pleased to announce that for the 2015-2016 academic year, the Modernities Working Group will explore the problem of temporality in modernity, broadly construed. Under the heading “Modern Time,” we will together examine questions of periodization, measurement, duration, scale, … Continue reading

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Spring 2015: Ruin


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We’re pleased to announce that the MWG will continue its investigation into the topic of “Ruin” with three meetings in the Spring 2015 term. Please note that our March meeting happens in conjunction with the 2015 Lannan Symposium, “In Nature’s … Continue reading

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2014-2015: Ruin


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The theme for the Modernities Working Group in 2014-2015 is Ruin.  “Ruin” describes a historical process as well as its material results. In what forms do the catastrophes of the modern –slavery, war, environmental degradation– survive in the present?  How … Continue reading

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Paper Knowledge :: Lisa Gitelman :: April 11, 2014


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Friday, April 11 // Guest: Lisa Gitelman, NYU “Paper Knowledge”   1 PM / Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice / New North 408 Lisa Gitelman is Professor of English and Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.  … Continue reading

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SPRING 2014 :: ARCHIVES


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In the spring term we continue our engagement with the theme, “Archives.”  There will be three meetings; please contact bh296@georgetown.edu for more information. _________ Thursday, February 27 //  Guest: Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland “Track Changes: The Literary History of Word … Continue reading

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2013-2014: Archives


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The theme of the Modernities Working Group in 2013-2014 is Archives. Archives can be contemporary or historical, secret or public, official or insurgent, analog or digital.  What defines an archive?  By what material and conceptual means is an archive bounded, and what … Continue reading

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Machine Seeing and the Ruins of the Future :: Trevor Paglen :: April 2


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//Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12 – 1:30 PM//  Trevor Paglen, photographer and conceptual artist. “Machine Seeing and the Ruins of the Future: A Conversation.” English Department Conference Room, 311 New North The final meeting of the Modernities Working Group for … Continue reading

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Recent Meeting // Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 5 pm // John McGowan (UNC)


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  //Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 5 pm// John McGowan (Georgetown ’74), Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “Liberal Democracy as Secular Comedy” The Lannan Center, … Continue reading

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