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Ergebnisanzeige "The Cosmos as Medium: from the Infinite Universe to the World Wide Web (ACLA Seminar)"
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TitelThe Cosmos as Medium: from the Infinite Universe to the World Wide Web (ACLA Seminar)
BeschreibungAmerican Comparative Literature Association's Annual Meeting

New York University in New York City
March 20-23, 2014


Call for Paper Proposals (Deadline: November 15, 2013)

Seminar: The Cosmos as Medium: from the Infinite Universe to the World Wide Web

Seminar Organizer: Leif Weatherby, Jan Hein Hoogstad, Isabel Sobral Campos, Ira Allen

Media studies old and new has focused, as its name suggests, on the
“middle.” From Kapp and Benjamin to Kittler and Luhmann, its objects and
methods center on the interface, the gears, the operators. The cultural
capital of media studies has always depended on tension with supposedly
outdated concerns not based in “function.” Media theory has appropriated,
not to say secularized, the capital of metaphysics. And yet, the study of
the medium has not done away–perhaps it never intended to do away–with
questions of the infinite, the immortal, and the omniscient or omnipotent.
Instead, it re-raised and analyzed questions of the old metaphysics–cosmic
questions–in a new light, the light of operations. We invite contributions
devoted to the tension between the infinite and various media in any area
of culture. What happens when the universe is seen from the perspective of
“function” (Luhmann), when systems of writing-down replace meaning-making
in the analysis of culture (Kittler)? Does ”non-philosophy” (Laruelle)
worry this border? Does the mi-lieu (Latour) project mediated pictures of
the cosmos? If technology is an extension of human capacities (Kapp)–or
vice versa (Gehlen)–what notion of the order of things results?
Contributions should address the productive contradictions that media and
technology have produced in cultural analysis, and especially those that
worry the lines between metaphysics and the medium.

Please submit 250-word abstracts by November 15, 2013 directly to the
ACLA conference website via the following link:

For more information, please contact Leif Weatherby (

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