SLSA 2020 Special Event–AI/IA: Promises and Perils of Augmented/ Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 7pm Eastern 

YouTube Recording:

Program (approximately 2 hours)

  • Welcome: David Cecchetto, Incoming President 
  • Announcement of Lifetime Achievement Award & Remarks by 2020 recipient Richard Powers
  • (approximately 7:25) Kate Hayles introduces lightning talks– 
    • Ed Finn,“How to Imagine AI: Cultural Frames for Thinking with Machines” 
    •  Jennifer Rhee, “Histories of AI Futures” 
    •  Evan Selinger,“Reject Dual-Use Dogma” 
    • Audience Q and A via chat 
  • Announcement of Bruns Essay Prize 
  • (approximately 8pm) “Expanding AI: A conversation with artist Stephanie Dinkins and Srimoyee Mitra, Director, Stamps Gallery,”  introduced by Irina Aristarkhova 
    • Audience Q and A via chat
  • Announcements of Schachterle Essay Prize and Kendrick Book Prize 
  • (approximately 8:30) “Using and Musing AI in Books and Postprint,” a conversation between Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Hayles
    • Moderated audience Q&A

“Lightning Talks on Futures (and Responsibilities) of AI/IA” 

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where  he is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is the author of What  Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing. He also serves as the academic director of Future  Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual  festival of art, ideas and the future. 

Jennifer Rhee is an associate professor of new media in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth  University. She’s written about robotics and artificial intelligence in technology, visual and performance art,  literature, and film in her book The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Her work can also be found in journals including Camera Obscura,  Configurations, ASAP/Journal, Science Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Postmodern Culture. She’s currently  working on a book on big data and futurity in technology, literature, and art. 

Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, is the co-author of Re Engineering Humanity, selected by the Observer as one of the “Best Books of 2016.” He writes for many  periodicals and blogs such as The Nation, Salon, and The Guardian. He is currently a member of the Institute  for Defense on Analysis‘s Legal, Moral, and Ethical Working Group, which contributes to a DARPA-funded  project that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the autonomy of non-lethal technological systems. 

“Conversation with Stephanie Dinkins and Srimoyee Mitra, introduced by Irina Aristarkhova”

Stephanie Dinkins ( is a leading transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about  artificial intelligence to confront questions of bias in AI, consciousness, data sovereignty and social equity. She  is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more inclusive, fair and ethical artificial  intelligent ecosystems. Dinkins is a 2019 Creative Capital Grantee as well as Data and Society Research  Institute Fellow. She is Associate Professor of Art at Stony Brook University.

Srimoyee Mitra is Director of the Stamps Gallery at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an award-winning curator and editor of Border Cultures (Windsor Gallery / Black  Dog Publishing, 2015). Her research interests lie at the intersection of exhibition-making and participation,  migration, globalization and decolonial aesthetics. 

Irina Aristarkhova is Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Digital Studies Institute, University  of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine and  Culture and Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art

“Conversation between Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Hayles” 

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet known for her experiments with textual materiality and digital poetry. She is the co author, with Brad Bouse, of, a book with visual icons that can only be read with the aid of a computer. She is  currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Bothell.

Katherine Hayles is a literary and cultural critic who writes on the relations of literature, science and  technology in the 20th- and 21st- centuries. She is the author of How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in  Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics. She is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of  California, Los Angeles and James B. Duke Professor of Literature Emerita at Duke University.