Next Franke Visiting Fellow is noted historian and digital media theorist

Photo of Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan.
Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan

Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, historian and theorist of digital media, has been named the Fall 2017 Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Geoghegan will give a lecture titled “The Difficulty of Gift-Giving: Cybernetics and Postwar French Thought” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public.

Geoghegan is a senior lecturer in media and communications at Coventry University and a visiting associate professor in film and media studies at Yale. He also works as a curator and educational programmer for the Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany. His research investigates how changes in media technology interweave with changes in popular culture, science, and the physical environment. He has edited essay collections on media philosopher Gilbert Simondon, on media and the occult, and on media theorist Friedrich Kittler. Geoghegan’s essays and translations appear in journals including Critical Inquiry, SubStance, IEEE Annals on the History of Computing, and Theory, Culture & Society. He is currently writing a book with Yale faculty member Francesco Casetti on screening as a cultural technique. The book will examine the history of managing environments and space through screen-based media technologies such as radar and global positioning systems.

The Franke Visiting Scholars and Artists Program is made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke. The creation of this residential fellowship is intended to ensure ongoing interdisciplinary exchange and creative debate at the Whitney Humanities Center in particular and at Yale in general. The Frankes have also endowed an annual lecture series and the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities at the Whitney Humanities Center.

For more information, contact the Whitney Humanities Center at 203-432-0670 or via email.

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