The forty-sixth

Louisville Conference

on Literature and Culture since 1900

February 22-24, 2018

Dominic Pettman

"The Species Without Qualities: Proleptic Reflections on the Posthumanities"

Thursday. February 22, 2018—5:00-6:00 PM—Elaine Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
Reception to follow.




Dominic Pettman is a writer and academic, specializing in cultural, critical, and media theory. He is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. Pettman’s work explores topics ranging from digital culture, new media, modern literature, visual culture, audio culture, popular and unpopular cultures, affect theory, libidinal economies, and the increasingly blurry boundaries between humans, animals, and machines. His books include Humid, All Too Humid (Punctum, 2016), Infinite Distraction (Polity, 2015), In Divisible Cities (Punctum, 2013), Look at the Bunny — Totem, Taboo, Technology (Zero Books, 2013), Human Error — Species-Being and Media Machines (Minnesota, 2011), Love and Other Technologies — Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age (Fordham, 2006), Avoiding the Subject — Media, Culture and the Object written with Justin Clemens (Amsterdam UP, 2004), and After the Orgy — Toward a Politics of Exhaustion (SUNY 2002). Pettman has also taught at the American University of Paris, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Geneva, the University of Melbourne, and the Polytechnic University, Brooklyn. In addition to academic work, Pettman writes semi-regularly for Cabinet magazine, and is a semiotic consultant for various media and communications companies based in Europe and New York. Readers can visit his website at