Jodi Dean of the Department of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York delivered a public lecture on February 11, 2010 as Beaverbrook visiting scholar with Media@McGill. Dean’s lecture, called “Whatever Blogging,” focused on blogging as a mode of communication that has implications for contemporary experiences of identity and repercussions for left political practice.
Jodi Dean is Media@McGill Beaverbrook visiting scholar this winter. She will be visiting us in February and will give a public talk on 11 February, 5h30pm, W215. (map) The talk is a collaboration between Media@McGill and the AHCS speaker series.
Title: 'Whatever Blogging'
Abstract: Giorgio Agamben has introduced the idea of whatever being as a tag for a contemporary mode of belonging unbound by the inscriptions of disciplinary identity. Some agree that this mode could herald a better coming community. Linking whatever being to appearances of whatever in networked communications and positioning it within a brief history of the interconnections between media and identity, I argue that whatever being is the wrong model for a subject capable of left political practice and opposition.
Quebec's independent daily newspaper, Le Devoir, has announced a year long string of activities to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010. The programme of commemorative events, unveiled at a press conference in Montreal on 17 November, include a television documentary, a series of public lectures - and an international symposium organized by Media@McGill and the Centre d'études sur les médias.