Decodings Late Fall 2016

Posted on December 3, 2016

 DECODINGS Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Newsletter                              Late Fall 2016, Vol. 25, No.4 *Conference Reports–SLSA 2016 with HSS & PSA, Atlanta                                   –SLSA 2017 Arizona *Election Results for 2nd VP and Member-at-large *SLSA Website: Contributions welcome *SLSA Bibliographer Needed *AnthropoScene: SLSA Book Series   Combined Notes on SLSA 2016 Executive and Continue Reading »

Topics in Art Worlds: Aesthetics and Politics in New Media

Posted on November 27, 2016

Aesthetics and politics cross paths and sometimes merge in the field of new media. Weaving together theory from Debord, Bloch, Baudrillard, and Brecht with examples of new media including The Yes Men, the Bureau of Inverse Technology, and the Barbie Liberation Organization, we will take a broad view of what constitutes new media, its syndication, Continue Reading »

Topics in Art Worlds: Encountering Artworks that Engage Science

Posted on November 27, 2016

From Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures to SymbioticA’s fish brain robot, many visionary artists are focused on the power of science and technology in culture. This course will offer an overview of artworks that use and critique science and technology, with an eye to how we can study these works and think about the tasks these pieces Continue Reading »

The Intersections of Art and Science

Posted on November 27, 2016

What is science? What is art? Are they two separate worlds? Or two cultures in the same world? Do they divide up this world? Is there anything outside of these two comprehensive realms? To get a grasp on these big issues, we will read and write about four themes: Representing Nature in Art and Science, Continue Reading »

Topics in Science Studies: Science as Representation

Posted on November 27, 2016

From cabinets of curiosity to the charts and graphs that are central to scientific publications, science goes about the work of representation. Beginning with objects and models, two familiar forms of representation in science, this course will unpack science’s multifaceted relationship with representation. In “Modes of Representation: Visualization and Quantification,” we will consider the images Continue Reading »

Technology and Culture: When Worlds Collide

Posted on November 27, 2016

Using Blade Runner, Steampunk short stories, Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, Romantic poetry, and a Victorian fairy tale, this course will analyze poetry, new media, novels, short stories, and films inspired by nature, biology, robotics, physics, space, and more. Themes will include the politics of science and technology, technological determinism, the relationship between popular and technical Continue Reading »

New Book: Science, Technology and Utopias

Posted on November 27, 2016

From Christine Filippone: Science, Technology and Utopias: Women Artists and Cold War America This innovative book offers the first focused examination of women artists’ response to the preeminent status of science and technology during the Cold War, a period that saw the rise of “big science”, the space race and cybernetics as well as the Continue Reading »

New Series: Meaning Systems

Posted on November 27, 2016

From Bruce Clarke: Meaning Systems publishes books communicating bodies of systemic knowledge in relation to the materialities of corporeal and technological mediations. It offers a dedicated venue for both established and rising thinkers bringing the discourse of systems to a new level of cultural productiveness.

New Book: Experimental Animals

Posted on November 10, 2016

From Thalia Field: In her forthcoming novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction, Brown professor Thalia Field accomplishes several remarkable things. Experimental Animals is, partly, the story of Claude Bernard, a 19th-century French physiologist and vivisectionist who introduced the scientific method to medicine, and his disastrous marriage to Fanny Martin, an animal rights activist avant la Continue Reading »


Posted on November 10, 2016

Cosplay is the art/culture/act of dressing up in costumes, usually for a specific subcultural scene or event. Cosplay is a complex physical craft, involving lots of technical knowledge, as well as lots of creativity and vision.  We will build cosplay costumes and wear in them in multiple contexts.  We will also investigate cosplay as a Continue Reading »