Conceptual Units: How Our Knowledge Institutions Materialize Intellectual and Cultural Values (2014)

I spoke about “Intellectual Furnishings” at the March 7, 2014, “Media, Materiality, Infrastructure” workshop organized by Nicole Starosielski and Arjun Appadurai at NYU. You can find my slides and talk here.

This one-day workshop in NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication will consider emergent approaches to media, materiality, and infrastructure. It is inspired by the recent expansion in research on the materiality of media and communication, undertaken in diverse scholarly lineages ranging from material culture, to urban studies, to German media-theory inspired media archaeology. The workshop will explore questions such as: how are new forms of material assemblage affecting mediation? What new forms of agency, sociality, and connectivity are at play? What kinds of materialist approaches are necessary to come to grips with the shifts in media infrastructure? It is our hope that the session will serve as a forum to foreground critical questions on media and materiality, and to connect and advance projects on these topics.