Open lecture: John Durham Peters

John Durham Peters is Professor of English and Media studies at Yale University.

“Projection and Protection: On the Deep Optical and Ballistic Intersections of Screens.”

“Projection and Protection: On the Deep Optical and Ballistic Intersections of Screens.” John Durham Peters is Professor of English and Media studies at Yale University.

Abstract

The ubiquity of screens today invites us to recast the ways we think about the history of media.  In particular, the dual optical and environmental aspects of the screen concept since the early nineteenth century invite reflection on a longer genealogy of media practices that both project and protect, that both show and shield. In this paper, I outline a lineage of the screen concept that emphasizes the intertwined history of optics and ballistics. I do this first via a sketch of historical convergences between cultural practices of targeting and visualizing in western history and second via a more focused look at postwar practices that combine detonation and image-making in photography, film, and television, especially around the atomic bomb.

Organising committee

Staffan Bergwik, Henrik Christensen, Johan Fredrikzon, Thomas Götselius, Christer Johansson, Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson, Sonya Petersson, Aleksei Semenenko, Adam Wickberg Månsson.

For more information, please contact: christer.johansson@littvet.su.se.

Published May 18, 2017 6:52 PM - Last modified Apr. 1, 2020 12:42 PM