It would be difficult to overestimate the intimate links between the formations of the modern nation-state, the transformations of modern media (film, photography, literature, audio recordings, fiber optics), and the notion of “the subject” (however one might interpret the terms “subject” or “subjectivity”).
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Call for Papers/ ACLA March 7-10, 2019 @ Georgetown U in Washington, DC Panel on “New Oralities”
Conceptions of “orality,” a big idea of the 1980s, held that the introduction of writing enforced global, fundamental cognitive changes to human society. That model has exhausted itself. What’s next? – I posed this question, a provocation really, in the most recent ACLA State of the Discipline Report. In this panel, I am inviting answers.
When the French pharmaceutical company Roussell Uclaff, a subsidiary of the German chemical giant Hoechst AG, was ready to introduce an abortion pill in 1988, American activists flooded the company’s headquarters near Frankfurt with protest letters. In response, the company’s German CEO mandated to stop the project. But the French state – a Hoechst minority shareholder – took the idea across the border, patented it, and embarked on medical trials for the new product in France.
The following reviews were posted to the H-Net web site between
10 Sep 2018 and 17 Sep 2018.
Reviewed for H-War by Geoff Bil
Adas, Michael. _Machines as the Measure of Men: Science,
Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance. With a New
Preface Edition_. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015. 456
pp. $26.95, ISBN 978-0-8014-7980-9.