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Continuity and Disconnection, Flows and Bursts: on the Interruption of Communication

  • Florian Sprenger
28 February 2018
Lectures in Media, Art, Politics
Lipsius building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311BD Leiden

In this talk Florian Sprenger (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) explores the prehistory of the discourses of connectivity that we see ourselves confronted with today. Focusing on early electric telegraphy in particular, Sprenger argues that, as electric telegraphy was initially conceived of as a medium of immediacy (and community), it already fostered what, with hindsight, can be called a phantasm of connectivity. Situating this phantasm against the backdrop of media theories’ own fascination with immediacy, Sprenger scrutinizes the concepts of immediacy and community as concepts of connectivity, in part by calling attention to possibility of disconnection that they negate.

Florian Sprenger is a Junior Professor for Media and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Theatre-, Film- and Media Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt. He is the author of, among others, The Politics of Micro-Decisions: Edward Snowden, Net Neutrality, and the Architectures of the Internet (2015).

This talk is part of the Leiden Lectures on Media | Art | Politics, organized by Pepita Hesselberth and Yasco Horsman, and made possible with the support of

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