Author: Roger Whitson

Review of Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty. Benjamin Bratton. MIT Press, 2016. 528 pgs. $38 ISBN: 978-0-2620-2957-5 There’s a tone of urgency, a comprehensiveness, and a visionary quality to Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty that I haven’t read in contemporary media or political theory since Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s publication of Empire in […]

Neoliberalism and Other Realisms

I was glad to see the various responses by my colleagues in the digital humanities to the LARB article. Ted Underwood and Alan Liu both provided nuanced historical and theoretical contexts for the archival and infrastructural work done in the field. Schuyler Esprit and Roopsi Risam, meanwhile, compellingly argued for PoC scholars, alt-ac and NTT labor, […]

Proposal for NAVSA 2016: Victorian Posthumanities

Recent panels for NAVSA have emphasized both revisionist historical approaches inspired by steampunk literature, on the one hand, and by non-human and posthuman social networks, on the other. Even though these discourses have separately been identified as important influences for Victorian studies, relatively few of these panels have focused on the intersection between them. Rosi […]

Panel for NASSR 2016: Romantic Posthumanities

Recent panels for NASSR have emphasized eco-criticism and animality in relation to the non-human, charted the varied responses of the Romantics towards technology, and explored emerging methodologies associated with the digital humanities. Relatively few of these panels, however, have fully considered the posthumanities as a conceptual frame uniting these scholarly approaches. Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman […]

Review of Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

Steeplejack. A.J. Hartley. Tor Books, 2016. pp. 336. $18. ISBN: 978-0-7653-8342-6. WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers. Also, full disclosure, Diana Pho graciously provided me with an advanced copy of the book. The most compelling moments in A.J. Hartley’s steampunk novel Steeplejack occur when Anglet Sutonga recalls the deaths of people lost in the city’s […]