The 2019 Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture


Student Union, Kiva Room
1303 E University Blvd. Kiva Room
85719 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 03/29/2019 - 6:00pm to Mon, 12/05/2022 - 3:24pm

Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture: Talisman-Images: Gather the Cosmos and Press It to Your Body

Laura Marks

Practiced in medieval Islamic and European cultures, talismans were like apps that appealed to the planets and other powers to intercede into precise earthly problems. Marks argues that talismans intervene in the order of the universe by re-folding it, a practice that relies on a conception of the universe as densely interconnected. In our seemingly disenchanted times, Marks suggests, it is still possible to re-fold the universe, grasping the points of disparate histories and places and drawing them together. We see this at work in movies, digital media works, and objects. Marks will focus on the affective results using such media to connect from the body to the cosmos.

Laura U. Marks, a scholar and programmer, works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). With Dr. Azadeh Emadi she is a founding member of the Substantial Motion Research network, Dr. Marks is Grant Strate Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.


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This event is Co-sponsored by the Center of Middle Eastern Studies