Monday, May 18, 2015

MACHINE DREAMS: A Symposium of Robots, Arts, and Difference, June 11th and 12th!

I'll be presenting at MACHINE DREAMS: A Symposium of Robots, Arts, and Difference at the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. The main symposium is June 12th, while the reading, which I'm a part of, is on June 11th. I can guarantee you at least two, maybe even three poems on the emerging field of Laobotics.

The keynote speaker is Minsoo Kang, who is an associate professor of European history at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He earned his Ph.D. in history at UCLA and is the author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-editor of Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830-1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation in Europe (Ashgate, 2008). He is also a fiction writer who has published a collection of his short stories, Of Tales and Enigmas (Prime, 2007). He has translated works of Korean literature, including the classic novel The Story of Hong Gildong which will be published as a Penguin Classic in 2016. He is currently working on a book on the history of automata from the perspective of gender theory.

The other poets and writers I'll be performing with include Neil Aitken,  Kenji Liu,  Kima Jones,  Takeo Rivera,  Margaret Rhee,  Miyoko Conely,  Chiwan Choi, Mark Marino,  Jilly Dreadful, Isaac Shankler. Saba Ravzi, and Pablo Lopez. I look forward to seeing you there!

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