Public Event: Risk Media and Speculation

Friday, March 4 | 10 am – 5:30 pm | Mosher Alumni House – Alumni HallRiskMediaPoster3

The American Cultures & Global Contexts Center, The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, The Transcriptions Center, and the Department of Film and Media Studies present


The conference analyzes how speculation shapes global connections and futures as it negotiates uncertainty. The speakers address how risk media domesticates dynamic, unpredictable emergences–accidents, biohazards, piracy, terrorism–in the name of control and profit. They also explore critical, creative speculative approaches promoting common, more habitable worlds.


10:00-12:00 Keynote Panel: ACCIDENTS

Greg Siegel, UC Santa Barbara
“‘By Accidents and Sagacity’: Forensic Reconstruction as Retrospective Prophecy”

Karen Beckman, University of Pennsylvania
“Contemporary Art, Animation, and the Visualization of Hybrid Risk”

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch break

1:30-2:45 Panel: LEGALITIES

Sudipta Sen, UC Davis
“The Injustices of Sholay: Law, Lawlessness and the Cinematic Popular in 1970s India”

Bhaskar Sarkar, UC Santa Barbara
“‘Everyone is in Love with Pirates!’ India’s Informal Economy in the Wake of TRIPs”

2:45-3:00 Coffee Break

3:00-4:15 Panel: GLOBALITIES

Cesare Casarino, University of Minnesota
“Speculations of the Black Atlantic; or, Spinoza’s Dream of the Long Twentieth Century”

Colin Milburn, UC Davis
“Greener on the Other Side: Science Fiction and the Problem of Green Nanotechnology”

4:15-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:30 pm Roundtable discussion

Karen Beckman, University of Pennsylvania
Bishnupriya Ghosh, UC Santa Barbara
Geeta Patel, University of Virginia
Rita Raley, UC Santa Barbara

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