REMINDER: Do you have a burning question for Douglas Coupland?

We’ll be interviewing Douglas Coupland and would love to offer anyone attending the chance to send us a question that you would like to ask Doug!

You need to be registered for the conference in order to do this. So, if you have not registered yet, please do so now on Eventbrite.

Then, email your question to douglascouplandconference@gmail.com. Include the words “Question for Doug” in the subject line.

We might not have time for all questions – it depends on the volume – but we do want to include as many as we can.

Please send your questions BEFORE March 22.

Programme announcement: Professor Bran Nicol’s Keynote

We’re delighted to announce the title of Professor Bran Nicol’s keynote address, “Fiction in the Age of Smupidity“.

Professor Nicol’s keynote address will explore the status/value/function of the novel in a world where we’re unmoored from stable notions of temporality and historicity, and shared reality. Nicol will consider, in particular, the context of the ‘extreme present’ and Coupland’s notions of how the internet has rewired us. 

Find out more about Professor Nicol here.

Programme announcement: Shumon Basar’s keynote

We’re excited to announce the title of the keynote address by writer, editor and curator Shumon Basar, “From the Extreme Present to the Extreme Self“.

This keynote address will explore the ideas behind The Extreme Self, Douglas Coupland, Shumon Basar, and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s forthcoming book, a sequel to their book The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present (2015).

Find out more about Shumon here.

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Do you have a burning question for Douglas Coupland?

We’ll be interviewing Douglas Coupland and would love to offer anyone attending the chance to send us a question that you would like to ask Doug!

You need to be registered for the conference in order to do this. So, if you have not registered yet, please do so now on Eventbrite.

Then, email your question to douglascouplandconference@gmail.com. Include the words “Question for Doug” in the subject line.

We might not have time for all questions – it depends on the volume – but we do want to include as many as we can.

Please send your questions BEFORE March 22.

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Programme announcement: Image Journal Panel

We’re excited to announce the theme of the writers’ panel hosted by Image Journal, ‘God After God: Coupland, McLuhan, and Divine Absence in the Digital Age‘, with Nick Ripatrazone, Meghan O’Gieblyn, Lisa Ann Cockrel, and Diletta De Cristofaro.

Coupland’s spiritually-rich biography of McLuhan—a thoroughly God-haunted media theorist, whom Wired magazine calls their “patron saint”—and his own fiction, including Life After God, reveal a wrestling with divine absence in the digital age. Coupland compels us to wonder: what is God after God in the digital world? How might we consider the “vanishing mode[s] of perceiving the past” in order to better understand our extreme present?

Find out more about the panel and speakers here.

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