Keynote speakers

We are sorry to inform you that Mieke Bal, Michael Dillon, and Stephen Hinchliffe have all had to cancel their talks. But we are also very pleased to let you know that we have managed to secure two fantastic speakers whose work is of highest relevance to the conference theme: Paul Patton and  Paul Vanouse. See more information about them below.

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at The University of Chicago. She is a prominent thinker of political dimensions of sex, intimacy, emotion, and affect from the nineteenth century to the present. She is interested how institutions and people orchestrate “the overcloseness of the world,” the fundamental non-sovereignty of people in relation to each other and of states in their interdependence. She has published numerous books, including recently Cruel Optimism (2011) and The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2009), edited collections including Compassion: the Culture and Politics of an Emotion (2004) and Sex, or The Unbearable (with Lee Edelman, 2013), as well as many many articles.  

Alexander R. Galloway is Professor of Media Culture, and Communication at NYU. He is also an author and a programmer, a founding member of the software collective RSG, and creator of the data surveillance engine Carnivore. A key thinker of contemporary control systems, he has published several books exploring the topic of control in relation to digitality including Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (2004), The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (2006, with Eugene Thacker), and most recently, The Interface Effect (2012). His writings have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Swedish, and Polish.

Paul Patton is Scientia Professor of Philosophy at the School of Humanities & Languages at The University of New South Wales, Australia. His work addresses political philosophy in both the Analytic and Continental traditions and he has published widely on modern European philosophy since Kant and especially on Nietzsche, Deleuze, Derrida, and Foucault. Books include Deleuzian Concepts: Philosophy, Colonization, Politics published with Stanford University Press from 2010 and selecting a very few of his numerous book chapters and articles we find in the last few years pieces such as “Foucault and Rawls: Government and Public Reason,” ”Foucault’s Subject of Power,” ”Taylor and Foucault on Power and Freedom,” and “Government, rights and legitimacy: Foucault and liberal political normativity.”

Paul Vanouse is Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo. He is also an artist working with emergent media forms. Since the early 1990s his artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium.  His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These “Operational Fictions” are hybrid entities–simultaneously real things and fanciful representations–intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape.