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James Der Derian: "The Question of Information Technology in an Age of Terror"

Computing Culture group

Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 5:00PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

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James Der Derian is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Professor of International Relations (Research) at Brown University, where he directs the Information Technology, War and Peace Project. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, MIT, Harvard, Oxford, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement (1987) and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War (1992); editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations (1995) and The Virilio Reader (1998); and co-editor (with Michael Shapiro) of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics (1989). His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Washington Quarterly, and Wired. His most recent book is Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2001).

The Computing Culture group, led by Chris Csikszentmihályi, works to create unique media technologies for cultural applications. Projects will result in specific works of art, but will also help further an understanding of the relationships between new media and cultural production. Some of the strategies utilized include interventions in contemporary consumer electronics, creating special events for public situations, and applying technical research and development to cultural agendas that wouldn't normally receive them. The group's emphasis is on physically embodied, rather than screen-based or virtual, work.

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