research centre for digital material culture reading group

this year the CMDC, the research centre I am located at, is organising a reading group for faculty and dphils.


  • Week 1: Thursday 7th Oct. 4:30 – 6:00
  • Week 4: Monday 25th Oct. 4:30 – 6:00
  • Week 5: Monday 1st Nov. 4:30 – 6:00
  • Week 8: Friday 26th Nov. 13:00 – 14:30

Place Digital Media Lab: 3rd Floor Silverstone Building.

Suggested Readings

Session 1.

  • Lauren Berlandt, Affect is the new Trauma, Minnesota Review. Winter/Spring, 2009.
  • Judith Butler, Critique, Dissent, Disciplinarity, Critical Inquiry, Summer, 2009.

Session 2.

  • Cruel optimism: on Marx, loss and the senses, Lauren Berlant, New Formations; Winter 2007/2008; 63; ProQuest Direct Complete. pg. 33
  • Maurizio Lazzarato, Neoliberalism in Action: Inequality, Insecurity and the Reconstitution of the Social, Theory, Culture & Society 2009 26: 109-133.

Session 3.

  • On “Sourcery,” or Code as Fetish, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University, Configurations, 2008, 16:299–324, 2010 by The Johns Hopkins University Press and the Society for Literature and Science.
  • Wendy Chun, “The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory,” Critical Inquiry 35:1 (2008): 148–171.

Session 4.

  • Lois McNay, Self as Enterprise: Dilemmas of Control and Resistance in Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics, Theory, Culture & Society 2009 26: 55-77. And/or:
  • Bruno Latour, ‘Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern, Critical Inquiry 30 (Winter 2004)

Email Caroline Bassett ( to send you the reading.

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