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CUNY DHI: Lightning Talks and Keynote
November 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This year’s CUNY DHI event, will feature CUNY students, faculty, and staff sharing their projects through short 3-minute talks, showcasing the diverse and innovative digital humanities projects happening across the CUNY system. The Lightning Talks will be followed by a keynote lecture by Kim Knight titled “Wearable Interfaces and Feminist Sleeper Agents” (abstract below). This event is free and open to the public, no registration necessary.
If you would like to present your digital humanities project, research, or questions during a 3-minute / 3-slide “lightning” talk, sign up using this form before November 6th.
About “Wearable Interfaces and Feminist Sleeper Agents”
In this talk, I will argue that one must account for the materiality of the body in the wearable interface. The wearable interface is a process enacted within an assemblage of dress-body-technology, with the potential to construct a radical cyborg subject. However, the current most ubiquitous form of wearable technology, the fitness tracker, fails to fulfill the cyborg’s promise of kinship and affinity. Instead it facilitates the myth of self-reliant neoliberal subjectivity. I examine alternative landscapes in which wearables might contribute to counterpublic formation through arts and design, as well as feminist epistemologies and critical making in the university classroom.
About Kim Knight
Kim Knight is a digital media scholar whose research encompasses the fields of media, literary, cultural, and film studies, exploring the ways digital culture affects negotiations of power and the formation of identity. Relationships between media, technologies, and subjects, how they interact in “real life” and in the manner in which cultural texts represent them, are of special interest to her.
Knight teaches courses in digital media theory, the shift from analog to digital textuality, viral media, wearable technology, and race, class, gender, and sexuality in digital environments, utilizing both theory and practice methodologies. As such, her work uniquely blends traditional modes of scholarship with the production of theoretically informed media objects. Knight is the editor-in-chief of the blog, The Spiral Dance, and serves as project lead for the Fashioning Circuits Lab, addressing the social and cultural implications of the intersection between fashion and technology. She earned her PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara and received her Master’s with distinction from California State University Northridge.