Greg Ulmer: "Eclectracy"

Monday, January 26, 2015; 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Campus Location: Teaching Academy, Room 130
Cost: Free and open to the public

The UCF College of Arts and Humanities and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program presents
Greg Ulmer
Professor of English, University of Florida and author of Internet Invention: From Literacy to Electracy (Longman, 2003), Heuretics: The Logic of Invention (Johns Hopkins, 1994)

"Electracy" is to digital technology what literacy is to alphabet writing: an apparatus (social machine) correlating communications technologies with Institution and identity formation. Ulmer explains how electracy is being invented and applied. The method of invention—heuretics, generating the experimental genre of konsult—is demonstrated with the project "Murphy's Well-Being," Ulmer's collaboration with the Florida Research Ensemble for the virtual consultancy, the EmerAgency. The Target of the konsult is the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville, Florida, one of fifty-two such sites in the state. The FRE has developed electrate consulting previously through electronic monuments (child-abuse deaths, Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown). A book-length konsult on the Miami River (FL)—Miami Virtue—is available here

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