What if? Mediating the Future


A Colloquium – October 17th 2018, 1pm – 5pm

Lincoln School of Film and Media

Education is an attempt to change the future in the present through the anticipation and potential avoidance of the consequences of a culture of stupidity and ignorance.  But as we are living the future of the past already, that anticipation is also always haunted by the desire for time travel, and for the chance to alter the future; to thereby to address the ‘future perfect’, namely what ‘will have become’ if we fail to act now. The paradoxes of the temporality of experience in our techno-mediated age are perhaps nowhere more imaginatively explored than in the contexts of sci-fi and screen culture, and by their mediation of the present and of experience itself.

This colloquium will be an opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary exchanges between media studies, cinema and screen theory and philosophy in conjunction with Seymour’s striking new work, Dead the Ends, which poses many questions for our understanding of the purpose and value of media studies today.

Special guest speaker: Benedict Seymour

Short presentations will be by Rob Coley, Marie Thompson and Tom Sutherland

Followed by roundtable discussions with the Entangled Media Research Group members and participation from the audience.