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The Author's Forum Presents: Technologies for Intuition: Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays

A Conversation with Alaina Lemon w/ Karla Mallette
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
5:30-7:00 PM
Gallery, #100 Hatcher Graduate Library Map
Alaina Lemon (professor of anthropology) and Karla Mallette (professor of Italian and Middle East studies) discuss Lemon's new book "Technologies for Intuition: Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays," followed by Q & A.

About the book:
Since the Cold War, Americans and Russians have together cultivated fascination with the workings and failures of communicative channels. Each accuses the other of media jamming and propaganda, and each proclaims its own communication practices better for expression and creativity. Technologies for Intuition theorizes phaticity—the processes by which people make, check, discern, or describe channels and contacts, judging them weak or strong, blocked or open. This historical ethnography of intuition juxtaposes telepathy experiments and theatrical empathy drills, passing through settings where media and performance professionals encounter neophytes, where locals open channels with foreigners, and where skeptics of contact debate naifs. Tacking across geopolitical borders, the book demonstrates how contact and channel shift in significance over time, through events and political relations, in social conflict, and in conversation. The author suggests that Cold War preoccupations and strategies have marked theoretical models of communication and mediation, even while infusing everyday, practical technologies for intuition.
Building: Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Humanities, International, Multicultural, Technical Communications, Theater
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Author's Forum, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Department of Anthropology