Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection
Please join us to launch Grant Bollmer’s book Inhuman Networks: Social Media and the Archaeology of Connection. In a conversation chaired by Professor Gerard Goggin, Grant Bollmer will discuss some of the main themes of his book, with responses from Associate Professor Kath Albury of UNSW and Dr Margie Borschke of Macquarie University. The panel will be followed by a brief reception.
Endorsements for Inhuman Networks:
“Grant Bollmer's rich, multi-layered book shows that social media does not just mediate but performs a subtle yet effective moral code: the networks prescribe senses of the self, community, value and direction. The so-called human exists only if it routes.” – Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art, UK
“Bollmer's Inhuman Networks represents the best of the cultural studies tradition of taking the object seriously, learning everything one can about it, putting it into historical and cultural contexts, and then rigorously critiquing it.” – Robert W. Gehl, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Utah, USA
“A must-read for anyone interested in communication, media studies, cultural theory, and political economy.” – Damien Smith Pfister, Department of Communication, University of Maryland, USA
“Inhuman Networks… offers a thorough and thought-provoking discussion of how we might re-imagine social media beyond a human-centric model bolstered by problematic metaphors around connection… This book puts the complex human and beyond-human dimensions of social media in context historically and conceptually in ways that are both poetic and inspiring.” – Larissa Hjorth, RMIT Distinguished Professor, School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia
Grant Bollmer is a Lecturer of Digital Cultures in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.
Kath Albury is an Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Media at UNSW. Her current research focuses on young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in young people’s formal and informal sexual learning.
Margie Borschke is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Her first book, This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music, will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.
Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and an ARC Future Fellow.
Nesta Webster's 1926 diagram of “The Socialist Network,” which accompanied her book of the same name.