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october, 2018

25oct4:00 pm"Talisman-images gather the cosmos and press it to your body" with Laura Marks


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Practiced in medieval Islamic and European cultures, talismans were like apps that appealed to the planets and other powers to intercede into precise earthly problems. I argue that talismans intervene in the order of the universe by re-folding it, a practice that relies on a conception of the universe as densely interconnected. In our seemingly disenchanted times, I suggest, it is still possible to re-fold the universe, grasping the points of disparate histories and places and drawing them together. We see this at work in movies, digital media works, and objects. I will focus on the affective results using such media to connect from the body to the cosmos.

cohosted with the University Seminar on Affect Studies, cosponsored by The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Department of Art History, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and MESAAS)


(Thursday) 4:00 pm


The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

74 Morningside Dr


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