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Futurity Factory: Speculative Media, Science, Technology

February 22 @ 9:30 am


Time: 09:30 am – 06:10 pm
Location: Voorhies 126

Futurity Factory is a one-day symposium that will bring together humanities faculty and graduate students to explore the agency of the arts and cultural production in shaping epistemic, technological and scientific change. This symposium aims to galvanize cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research on the cultural construction of the future.


Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago), “How to Make Better Problems: Alternate Reality Games and Speculative Media,” 12:10pm

Patrick Jagoda is Associate Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, author of Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and co-author with Michael Maizels of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT Press, 2016). His new book project, Experimental Games, explores the rise of “gamification,” or the use of game mechanics in traditionally nongame activities, in American culture. Patrick is co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and the creator of games that include Parasite, Speculation, The Source and S.E.E.D..

Lindsay Thomas (University of Miami), “Training for Catastrophe: National Security and the Use of Fiction After 9/11,” 4:10pm

Lindsay Thomas is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami. She is the author of numerous articles about risk media, surveillance technologies, science fiction, and the digital humanities. She is currently completing a new book, Training for Catastrophe: National Security and the Use of Fiction After 9/11 about how the national security state uses fiction to produce knowledge about future threats. Lindsay is co-director of WhatEvery1Says, a project that examines contemporary public discourse about the humanities on a large scale.

This event is sponsored by Department of English, Science and Technology Studies, Cinema and Digital Media, Critical Theory at UC Davis, The UC Humanities Research Institute and the UC Davis Humanities Institute.

For more information please contact: Katherine Buse (kebuse@ucdavis.edu) and Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal (rjdhaliwal@ucdavis.edu)


February 22
9:30 am
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