John Durham Peters, Maria Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film and Media Studies, Yale University
The humanities are always in crisis. That is what they do best. The nineteenth century worried the question about the fate of art in an industrial civilization in the same way that some critics worry about the fate of deep reading in the age of the internet. The humanities are always an integral part of the public sphere, and this gives them their special promise and tragedy. This talk explores some of the ways the humanities have been defined at different times and ways that our strange moment is reshaping them once again. The game is not over!
About the speaker
Durham Peters is a media historian and social theorist, and currently the Maria Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film and Media Studies at Yale University. Among other titles he is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (1999) and The Marvelous Clouds: Toward a Philosophy of Elemental Media (2015).