The Death of the “Analogue” and Re-birth of the “Surrogate”
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Associate Professor Jeffrey Drouin and Professor Jonathan Sterne
Tulsa University and McGill University
Will Covid-19 lockdown finally abandon the analogue age? Will digital surrogate become mainstream in the near future? With the comprehensive digitisation of communications across various spheres of human life from entertainment to education, from work to healthcare, the webinar will discuss what these words mean in pandemic time.
About the presenters
Jeffrey Drouin is an Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Modernist Journals Project at the University of Tulsa, and serves on the board of the Society for Textual Scholarship. His first book was James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction,” (2015) and other publications have appeared on modernism studies, the First World War, and digital humanities. He is currently completing a digital humanities project on ecclesiastical architecture and cultural memory in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, while designing and building vacuum tube stereo amplifiers brings balance to the digital in his spare time.
Jonathan Sterne is James McGill Professor of Culture and Technology at McGill University, and author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003). Editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (Minnesota, 2016), his next book is Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment and he is beginning a project on artificial intelligence and culture.