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Film.Literature.Software Film Screening

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008


South Hall 2635

Anticipating the Consortium for Literature, Theory, and Culture’s upcoming conference on Time, we’ll be screening Primer, a unique and original time travel movie.  Written and directed by Shane Carruth, Primer was shot on a $7000 budget and went on to win the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2004.  When four engineers accidentally create a time machine, their experiments with time travel soon begin to unfold in unexpected ways.  By tempting its characters with the power of using present knowledge to affect the past, the film challenges our notions of time’s effects on power, truth and ethics, and involves the viewer in a puzzle of labyrinthine time-lines and temporal paradoxes.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  See you there!


April 28, 2008 at 9:45 pm

research slam

Transcriptions Research Slam
Friday, May 9, 2008
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

UCSB South Hall 2635

Please join us on Friday, May 9th for a research event consisting of three sequential media poster sessions, followed by discussion and a reception.  RSVP to

Participating Scholars:

  • Jeremy Douglass on visual rhetoric for large displays.
  • Christopher J. Hagenah on performing Jason Lutes’ Berlin.
  • Bola C. King on health communication-campaigns in “Second Life.”
  • Bola C. King and Amanda Phillips on publicly editable maps (GeoWikis) in virtual spaces.
  • Kim Knight on the viral dissemination of media adaptations.
  • Kris McAbee on visualizing the rise and fall of the Sonneteer in sixteenth-century England and beyond.
  • Jessica Murphy on a digital humanities approach to Early Modern gender.
  • Amanda Phillips on the narrative data stream.
  • Shaun Sanders on the tonal mapping of literature.
  • Elizabeth Swanstrom on the function of error in Giselle Beiguelman’s “esc for escape.”
  • William Warner on strategies for visualizing the American Revolution.

For more please see the Transcriptions research slam website.

April 24, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Baudrillard Conference

Please join us for a two-day symposium discussing Baudrillard’s impact on a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Friday, April 18th: 4-5:45 PM

Saturday, April 19th: 9AM- 5:30PM

Centennial House

Along with Marshall McLuhan, Baudrillard was perhaps the most influential thinker of his time in terms of recognizing the uncomfortably strong influence modern media in the postindustrial age has over society and culture. With an intellectual background ranging from sociology to semiotics, he wrote numerous theses advancing an argument against the drive towards mass consumerism.

Keynote Speaker: Douglas Kellner, UCLA

“Reflections on the late Baudrillard with Special Attention to the Art Conspiracy”

April 16, 2008 at 10:04 pm

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