University presses and utopian imaginings at our March 7 CML Salon

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Join us for the second Critical Media Lab research sharing session of the winter term, featuring digital media research talks by PROFESSOR MARCEL O’GORMAN and PhD student JUDY EHRENTRAUT of the UW Department of English Language and Literature.

WHEN: Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Critical Media Lab, 158 King St. W., Kitchener
All are welcome!

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PROJECT ONE: Dr. Marcel O’Gorman, “Necromedia: The Book”

In this talk, I will speak about the book manuscript I have completed, read some of its most “lively” passages, discuss the challenges of publishing a book about “objects-to-think-with,” and answer questions about the perils of publishing a monograph with a university press.

Dr. O’Gorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and Co-Director of the Critical Media Lab. His book manuscript called _Necromedia: Terror and Technology_ looks at the relationship between death and technology from a posthumanist and existentialist perspective. Each theory chapter is followed by a chapter outlining a digital project from the Critical Media Lab.

PROJECT TWO: Judy Ehrentraut, “Utopia Imperfect: Re-imaging Past Worlds”

This talk will look at some theoretical visions of what makes utopia, including the traditionalists in the early Marxist period and Frederic Jameson and Michel Foucault’s ideas of reconstructed pasts. I will also introduce some of my newer research on Benjamin and Foucault’s “heterotopian” spaces and urban development in the city.

Judy Ehrentraut is a PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature. She specializes in digital humanities, new media and game studies. Her research interests include agency and identity in role-playing games, immersion and interactivity, spatial theory, cybercultures, and utopian/dystopian themes in games and literature.

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In the spirit of the salon, attendees will have an opportunity to share details about their own past and current research, to field ideas for digital media projects, to discuss research questions or methodologies, and so on.

If you are interested in presenting your digital media research at the CML in the coming months, please contact Dani Stock at dstock@uwaterloo.ca.