Life in Pixels series

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Life in Pixels hosts an ongoing series of transdisciplinary conversations thinking about how we can make sense of, and live with, our computational social condition today. Considering sociocultural, aesthetic, politicoeconomic, environmental, racial, and historical registers of technology together, the series will bring together people who think and do technology beyond disciplinary boundaries. The events are all designed as an ongoing series of conversations between scholars and practitioners in Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Critical Digital Studies, and Literary Cultural Studies.

Life in Pixels is generously sponsored by the Ruth and Paul Idzik College Chair in Digital Scholarship, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science, the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.


Wednesday, January 26th, 7:00 pm EST (zoom book talk)

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication where she leads the Digital Democracies Institute. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT 2016), and Discriminating Data (2021, MIT Press), and co-author of Pattern Discrimination (University of Minnesota + Meson Press 2019). She has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, where she worked for almost two decades and where she’s currently a Visiting Professor. 

Registration required for this event must take place prior to the virtual book talk.


Wednesday, February 9th, 4:00 pm EST (zoom book talk)

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His most recent book is Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021). At Maryland, he co-founded and co-directs BookLab, a makerspace, studio, and community press dedicated to teaching the creative and experimental book arts.

Jessica Pressman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, where she co-founded and co-directs SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative (  She studies and teaches 20th and 21st-century experimental literature, digital literature, book history, and media studies. Pressman is the author of Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age (Columbia University Press, 2020), Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (Oxford University Press, 2014), and co-author, with Mark C. Marino and Jeremy Douglass, of Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (University of Iowa Press, 2015). A full CV is available at

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Monday, March 14th, 4:00 pm EST (zoom book talk)

Seb Franklin is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at King’s College London. He is the author of The Digitally Disposed: Racial Capitalism and the Informatics of Value (2021) and Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic (2015).

Jonathan Beller is Professor of Media Studies at Pratt Institute and Adjunct Professor of English and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of The World Computer: Digital Conditions of Racial Capitalism (2021), The Message is Murder: Substrates of Computational Capital (2018) and The Cinematic Mode of Production: Attention Economy and the Society of the Spectacle (2006). 

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 4:00 pm EST (zoom book talk)

Armond R. Towns is an associate professor in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON. His book, On Black Media Philosophy (University of California Press, 2022) mobilizes questions from Black studies and cultural studies to excavate a new media philosophy. He is currently developing another project on the relationship between the history of communication and media studies and the history of Black studies, focusing specifically on the development of both fields in U.S. and Canada.

Dr Ramon Amaro, Ph.D. is Lecturer in Art and Visual Cultures of the Global South at UCL (University College London) Department of History of Art. Dr. Amaro’s writing, artistic practice, and research investigate the role of race and racial hierarchy in machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. His book, The Black Technical Object: On Machine Learning and the Aspiration of Black Being (Sternberg , 2022) is a contemplation on the abstruse nature of machine learning, mathematics, and the deep incursion of racial hierarchy. Dr. Amaro completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, University of London while holding a Master’s degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex (UK) and a BS.e. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

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Tuesday, April 5th, 4:00 pm EST (zoom book talk)

Nicole Starosielski, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, is author and co-editor of many books on media, infrastructure, and environments: The Undersea Network (2015), Media Hot and Cold (2021), Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (2015), Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (2016), Assembly Codes: The Logistics of Media (2021), as well as co-editor of the “Elements” series at Duke University Press. Starosielski's most recent project involves working with the subsea cable industry--which lays the transnational links of the internet--to generate a carbon footprint of the global links of our digital network and to make digital infrastructures more sustainable.

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Monday, April 11th, 4:00 pm EST (in-person zoom hybrid book talk)
1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

David Cecchetto is Associate Professor of Critical Digital Theory in the Department of Humanities at York University, where he also contributes to several graduate programs. David is currently President of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and co-edits the Proximities: Experiments in Nearness book series (University of Minnesota Press). David’s most recent monograph, Listening in the Afterlife of Data: Aesthetics, Pragmatics, and Incommunication (2022) is available from Duke University Press. As a quasi-practicing non-musician, David has presented creative work internationally.

Registration required for this event must take place prior to the book talk if participating remotely.