STS 160: GHOSTS OF THE MACHINE

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, MW 3:10-4:30pm

This is a seminar course that traces the uncanny relationship of technological inventions such as the camera, the gramophone and the Turing machine to human perception.  It explores how new media disrupt sense perceptions, creating doubles, re-animating the dead, memories or historical events, and generating specters and ghosts in the machine. We will analyze the impact of the ghostly on the social imaginary and modes of communication.