Past Events

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Winnie Chan | The “Curry Capital” in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

Brick Lane, E1, London is home to one of the world’s most famous diasporiccommunities. Synonymous with curry—a signifier invented and popularized to refer to  spice mixtures, sauces, and even “Indian food” generally—the east London thoroughfare is also the eponym for Monica Ali’s controversial debut novel, which, this essay argues, appropriates the “exotic” (multi)cultural capital of Brick Lane’s…

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Josh Eckhardt | The First Popular Objection to British Colonization Overseas

Initial reports from Jamestown indicated that the colony needed to broaden its base of both investors and settlers. To attract such popular support, the Virginia Company of London turned to clergy. In 1609, three churchmen wrote and published sermons to encourage Londoners to commit their “purse or person” to the venture. These preachers faced a…

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Jennifer Rhee | Ryoji Ikeda’s Infinities: The Digital Subject and Privacy in the Age of Big Data

My presentation explore digital artist Ryoji Ikeda’s explorations of sound, light, infinity, and big data. Drawing on media theory that foregrounds human embodiment in technological relations, I will bring Ikeda’s work into conversation with booming big data business strategies such as data mining and data tracking. Through an examination of Ikeda’s aesthetic environments, I will…

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