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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.


Susan Bernstein
Brown University

Judith Butler
University of California at Berkeley & Columbia University

John Hamilton
Harvard University

Kevin McLaughlin
Brown University

Avital Ronell
New York University

Thomas Schestag
Brown 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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