Dr Andrew Tate will be in conversation with contemporary artist, writer, and speaker Makoto Fujimura about the original piece he has created in honor of the 30-year anniversary of Coupland’s Generation X. Find out more here.
We’ll be releasing the full schedule of the conference soon but, in the meanwhile, we’re delighted to announce that you can browse the abstracts of the conference papers, and learn more about our panelists, here.
Full pre-recorded papers will be made available on the website to conference attendees at the beginning of April.
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.
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).
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?