History seminars at the IHR
Marxism in Culture
Convenors: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.
Contacts: For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chrysi Papaioannou at email@example.com. The link to the web-site is http://www.marxisminculture.org.
Venue: Wolfson Room I, unless otherwise stated in the programme below.
Time: Friday, 5.30pm
Nanotechnology: Imagining the Invisible
Norah Campbell (Trinity College)
Abstract: Advertisements for high-technology products and services visualize processes and phenomena which are unvisualizable, such as globalization, networks and information. We turn our attention specifically to the case of nanotechnology advertisements, using an approach that combines visual and sonic culture. Just as phenomena such as complexity and networks have become established in everyday discourse, nanotechnology seizes the social imaginary by establishing its own aesthetic conventions. Elaborating Raymond Williams’ concept of structures of feeling, we show that in visualizing nanotechnology, its stakeholders employ spaces, verbs, and objects of feeling. These favorable nanotechnology structures of feeling are woven into the social imaginary, recursively producing the reality they describe.
A special session organised by the journal Cesura Acceso on music and radical politics
Title and abstract to be confirmed
Nick Beech (Oxford Brookes)
Please note: this session takes place in the Torrington Room, 104, in the South Block, on the first floor