Plenary Speakers

Jane Bennett is Professor of Political Theory and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Her work combines an interest in continental philosophy with an interest in politics, ecology, and materialism. She is the author of Vibrant Matter: The Political Ecology of Things and The Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics, and an editor of The Politics of Moralizing and In the Nature of Things: Language, Politics, and the Environment.
 
Ian Bogost  is a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on videogames as cultural artifacts. He thinks about how to contextualize videogames, the rhetoric of videogames, and the relationship between computer hardware and expression.  He also designs videogames, and is the co-founder of a small publishing company. His most recent books are How to do Things with Video Games; Alien Phemenology, or What it’s like to be a Thing and Persuasive Games: the Expressive Power of Videogames.
 
Wendy 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, Programmed Visions: Software and Memory, and co-editor (with Thomas Keenan) of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Imagined Networks.
 
Mark Hansen is Professor of Literature and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Literature in Duke University’s Art, Art History and Visual Studies Department. Over the past decade he has sought in his research, writing and teaching to theorize the role played by technology in human agency and social life. In work that ranges across a host of disciplines, including literary studies, film and media, philosophy (particularly phenomenology), science studies, and cognitive neuroscience, he has explored the meaning of the relentless technological exteriorization that characterizes the human as a form of life and has paid particular attention to the key role played by visual art and literature in brokering cultural adaptation to technology from the industrial revolution to the digital revolution. He is the author of Bodies in Code: Interfaces with New Media, New Philosophy for New Media, and Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing.
 
Erin Manning holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is also the director of the Sense Lab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her art practice she works between painting, dance, fabric and sculpture. Her writing addresses the senses, philosophy and politics, articulating the relation between experience, thought and politics in a transdisciplinary framework moving between dance and new technology, the political and micropolitics of sensation, performance art, and the current convergence of cinema, animation and new media. Publications include Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy, Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home and Identity in Canada.
 
Brian Massumi is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Montréal in Quebec Canada. He is well known for his translations of several major texts in French post-structuralist theory, including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali’s Noise. Massumi’s work engages with questions surrounding the affect, the virtual, and perception. In his work, he intends to break the hold of signification to find the emergent states of intensity outside of the linear order of narrative continuity. Massumi has authored several books: Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation, and A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari.
 
Timothy Morton is a professor of English at University of California, Davis. His interests include ecology, philosophy, literature and the environment, ecotheory, biology, physical sciences, literary theory, food studies, sound and music, materialism, poetics, Romanticism, Buddhism, and the eighteenth century. He is the author of numerous books and articles, most recently, The Ecological Thought and Ecology Without Nature.
 
Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. His research interests include cultural theory, cultural studies, film and new media, postmodernism, and science fiction. He is the author of numerous books including Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics; Connected, or What it Means to Live in a Networked Society; and The Cinematic Body.