Steve Connor on Psychotechnographies

Please join us at this year’s first Media History seminar for Steve Connor’s talk titled ‘Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Writing Machines’. We’ll be meeting at 6pm on Tuesday October 18 in Senate House Room 104.

Steve Connor is Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. His most recent books are Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (Reaktion 2014); Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (Reaktion/Chicago University Press, 2016). He is at work on a book called Dream Machines about the history of imaginary machines and mechanisms. Further info is available at his website: http://stevenconnor.com/

All are welcome. Further information is available through the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of English Studies.

Media History Seminar Programme 2016-17

Here’s the provisional schedule for this year’s Media History Seminar jointly run by the Institute of English Studies and Institute of Historical Research. The seminars will take place at Senate House on designated Tuesdays starting at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

“Media History” Programme 2016-17:

Session 1 (18 October 2016):

Prof. Steve Connor (Cambridge)

“Psychotechnographies: Why All Machines Are Writing Machines”

Senate House Room 104

Session 2 (8 November 2016):

Dr Amanda Wrigley (Westminster)

“BBC Radio as ‘a new and exciting means of education’ in the interwar years”

Dr John Wyver (Westminster)

“The arts on early television and the BBC’s cultural mission in the interwar years”

Senate House Room 243

Session 3 (24 January 2017):

Prof. Jane Chapman (Lincoln)

“Double the Work, but Double the Scope? Researching Comparative and Interdisciplinary Media History”

Senate House Room 243

Session 4 (28 February 2017):

Prof. Marianne van Remoortel (Ghent)

“Pioneer or Copycat? The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine in its European Context”

Respondent: Dr Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Ghent)

Senate House Room 243

Session 5 (16 May 2017):

Dr Simon Rowberry (Stirling)

“Resurrecting the Ebook: A media archaeological excavation of the Kindle’s development, 1930-2007”

Senate House Chancellor’s Hall

The schedule will be updated and additional information provided about the talks in due course. In the meantime, please save the dates.

This seminar is generously supported by the Media History journal, Queen Mary University of London’s English Department, the Institute of English Studies, and the Institute of Historical Research.