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Conference: Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION The interdisciplinary virtual conference “Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster” will take place on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 9:00am-4:00pm, with an international slate of speakers representing a variety of disciplines who will share their insights on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Thirty-five years after the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, the interdisciplinary virtual conference Fallout: Chernobyl and the Ecology of Disaster considers its afterlife and reverberations in various disciplines, including culture ...

Talk: Shards of Places, Shards of Time: Katja Petrowskaja’s Modernist Poetics of History


Zoom attendance link: A family story, a memoir, a travelogue, an intimate history of Jewish migration and persecution in the twentieth century—fitting into neither of these categories neatly, and yet resonating with all of them, Katja Petrowskaja’s Maybe Esther (2019; Vielleicht Esther, 2014) relates the narrator’s journey from Berlin to piece together her family’s history across Poland, the Ukraine, and Russia. This presentation considers fragmentation as the text’s key aesthetic quiddity to ask how ...

From Alphabetical to Digital Literacy? Some Reflections on Orality, Writing, Cultural Techniques, and Digitality

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Are we witnessing the transition from alphabetic to digital literacy? But what does "literacy" mean? Going back to the discovery of the difference between orality and literacy in the 1960s and 1970s, we find a real discovery - the difference between oral and written language - combined with a problematic narrative: The supremacy of literal to oral cultures. To avoid this ideology we should consider orality and literacy as the two ends of a continuum. ...