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NCSA Colloquium: "Proxy Politics: From Global Climate Change to Racial Profiling" — Wendy Chun

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NCSA auditorium
Sep 22, 2017   11:00 am  
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NCSA Colloquia

The next NCSA Colloquium will be "Proxy Politics: From Global Climate Change to Racial Profiling" presented by Dr. Wendy Chun from Brown University on Friday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the NCSA auditorium. Please join us for a brief reception at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium followed by the colloquium in the auditorium.

Abstract: Proxies are key to modeling physical and social networks: from global climate change to network neighbors. Analyzing paleoclimate models that reveal patterns of global warming alongside models that predict a person's race, gender and personality, this talk addresses the thorny question of proxies: their necessity and their limitations.

Bio: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT, 2011), and Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT, 2016). She is co-editor (with Tara McPherson and Patrick Jagoda) of a special issue of American Literature entitled “New Media and American Literature,” co-editor (with Lynne Joyrich) of a special issue of Camera Obscura entitled “Race and/as Technology” and co-editor (with Anna Fisher and Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2015). She is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, ACLS and American Academy of Berlin Fellow, and she has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and a Wriston Fellow at Brown. She is also the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School; she has been the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon, Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany), Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is currently an Associate.

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