Conversations: Bernard Geoghegan

Date(s) - 02/10/2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

182 JSB


Bernard Geoghegan, visiting Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies at Yale University as well as a Senior Lecturer in Media & Communications at Coventry University, will join the Humanities Center via Skype for a Conversations meeting on Friday, February 10th at 12:00 PM in 4101 JFSB.

Recently, Geoghegan edited a special dossier of essays for Critical Inquiry titled “The Spirit of Media.” We will be talking with Geoghegan via Skype about his own contribution to that dossier, “Mind the Gap: Spiritualism and the Infrastructural Uncanny.” Overturning traditional readings of spiritualism as an index of seismic changes in nineteenth-century life (like the introduction of the railroad, which revolutionized economic and communicative possibilities), Geoghegan sees the supernatural as an uncanny indicator of “gaps and disruptions” in nineteenth-century networks of people, objects, and explanation. And this presents us with a new way to conceptualize the function of media in everyday life, then and now.

Lunch will be served.

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