Currents

THE POETICS OF CELEBSPLOITATION

Celebrity Culture and Social Media in Recent American Poetry

Paul Stephens

THE AMODERNS: WHAT WE USED TO CALL "MEDIA HISTORY"

A Feature Interview with Wolfgang Ernst

Ghislain Thibault, Wolfgang Ernst

Wolfgang Ernst is one of the leading voices of media archaeology, a research field that has garnered a growing interest for its fresh theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media. Ernst’s main contribution to media archaeology in the recent years has been a radical critique of history through a reflection on media temporalities. In this interview, Ernst proposes to understand media archaeology as an “exercise” for media studies scholars, a mode of attention that isolates the techno-logical components of media. As he addresses the technomathematical ontology of digital communication, the genealogy of symbolic machines and the question of humanism, Ernst offers here some more conceptual tools to help us navigate through his previous writings and to reflect on some of the new directions for media archaeology.

THE AMODERNS: THOUGHTS ON AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT

A Feature Interview with Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour, Heather Davis

Bruno Latour is one of the most widely recognized intellectuals of our time. His work on modernity has influenced scholars in every field of the social sciences and humanities and has involved ongoing collaborations with scientists and artists. In his most recent project, An Inquiry into Modes of Existence, Latour returns to the Moderns with the eye of an anthropologist to examine what is of value within the practices of modernity. This project takes place at the intersection of a book, a series of international meetings, and an online platform to enact the difficult work of diplomacy for the cause of ecologization.