"The Death of Literature" and the Emergence of Latin American Cultural Studies
Part of the 2008-2009 Cultural Studies Program Colloquium Series
Thursday, April 23
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
624 S. Michigan Ave. 6th floor
Rethinking the Digital Remix: Mash-Ups and the Metaphysics of Sound Recording
David J. Gunkel, Professor of Communitcation Technology and Director of Graduate Studies at Northern Illinois University
Thursday, March 12, 2009
4:00 - 5:30PM
624 S Michigan, 6th floor, Collins Hall Room 602
Open to the Public
Evaluations of audio mash-ups and remixes tend to congregate around two poles. On the one hand, these often clever re-combinations of recorded music are celebrated as innovative and creative interventions in the material of bland commodity culture. On the other hand, they are often reviled as derivative, inauthentic, and illegal because they do nothing more than appropriate and reconfigure the intellectual property of others. Dr. Gunkel's presentation will examine the common understanding and fundamental assumptions that make these two, opposed positions possible in the first place. Dr. Gunkel's presentation will recount the rather surprising metaphysical back-story of sound recording, giving special attention to our culture's often unquestioned investment in the concepts of originality and authenticity. He will then demonstrate how the audio mash-up and digital remix deliberately intervene in this tradition, advancing a fundamental challenge to the original understanding and privilege of originality. In making this argument, he will demonstrate how mash-ups, true to their thoroughly derivative and illegitimate nature, plunder, reuse, and remix structural anomalies that are already available in and constitutive of recorded music (and that's a good thing).
David J. Gunkel is an award winning teacher and widely published scholar specializing in digital media and information and communication technology (ICT). He is currently Professor of Communication Technology and Director of Graduate Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has lectured and presented seminars throughout North America and Europe, has published over 35 essays addressing everything from artificial intelligence and computer games to virtual reality and the philosophy of Slavoj Žižek. He is the author of two books, Hacking Cyberspace (Westview, 2001) and Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology (Purdue University Press, 2007), and the managing editor of the International Journal of Žižek Studies. More information available at http://gunkelweb.com/gunkel.
Putting Cultural Studies to Work
Paul Smith, Professor of Cultural Studies at George Mason University
Thursday, February 26, 2009
624 S Michigan, 13th floor, Room 1306
Open to the Public
Paul Smith is Professor of Cultural Studies at George Mason University. Since the mid-1980's he has been one of the most influential, productive, and visible figures in American Cultural Studies. His many publications from the last 20 years have crossed all disciplinary boundaries and have addressed a wide array of topics from capitalism to Madonna and Eastwood, and from globalization to modernist poetry and gender and sexuality.
Paul Smith is author and editor of many books, including: Renewing Cultural Studies: An Anthology(NYU Press, 2010); Primitive America: The Ideology of Capitalist Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2007); Millennial Dreams: Contemporary Culture and Capital in the North (Verso Books 1997); Boys: Masculinities in Contemporary Culture (Westview Press, 1996); Clint Eastwood: A Cultural Production (University of Minnesota Press, 1993); Madonnarama: Essays on Sex and Popular Culture (Pittsburgh, 1993); Discerning the Subject (University of Minnesota Press 1988); Men in Feminism (Methuen/Routledge, 1987); and Pound Revised (Croom Helm, 1983).