25th Anniversary of Avital Ronell's The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech
Avital Ronell’s Telephone Book first appeared in 1989, the annus mirabilis that witnessed vast waves of dissent, protest and resistance: revolutions across Eastern Europe; uprisings and violent oppression in China; and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Revolutionary in its own right, Ronell’s untimely intervention would in hindsight prove to have arrived extraordinarily on time.
Today, following 25 years of unprecedented technological and medial profusion, of persistent electrification and schizo experience, Ronell’s work deserves and even demands commemoration, re-assessment, and further prognostications. To this end, Post-Phonements gathers leading thinkers and theorists, who will reflect on the book’s lasting legacy.
University of California at Berkeley & Columbia University
New York University
Hent de Vries
Johns Hopkins University
To access Menschel Hall, please enter and exit through the Broadway entrance.
Cosponsored by the Departments of Comparative Literature and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, the Mahindra Humanities Center, and the Departments of Comparative Literature and German Studies at Brown University.
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