Pat Kane: Life Online To-day and To-Morrow

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King's College London

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Pat Kane will give a talk at the ‘Life Online To-day and To-Morrow’ series on the 7th of November at 7.30 pm at King’s College London (Strand Campus).

‘In my 30-year commercial media career, and since graduating with an English degree (focussing on Film/TV studies and Literary Theory) in 1985, I have maintained a constant interest in theories about the constitution of subjectivity and agency – and a willingness to test them out in my own creative and commercial practice. In this seminar, I want to chart this theory/practice relationship – which has involved a shift from drawing on “reflexive” and “discursive” theories of self and agency (Giddens, Althusser, Foucault), to ones that source a “protean” self in the evolutionary imperatives of human play and creativity (Huizinga, Panksepp, Bateson). What Joni Mitchell once called the “star-making machinery” is now a banal potentiality within networks of “mass self-communication” (to use Manuel Castells term). The concept of “ego-media” reveals – for this media ego – a fascinating personal and public history.’

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Organiser Ego-Media, King's College, London

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Ego-Media aims to study the impact of new media on autobiographical narratives: an impact increasing as habits and practices of self-presentation evolve rapidly in response to constantly fast-changing technology. It will analyse how autobiographical forms and discursive practices are being transformed at the frontier of technological change; then consider the implications of the new forms and practices for such notions as autobiography, selfhood, subjectivity, individuality, self-intelligibility, agency, creativity, privacy, and sociability. Based in the interdisciplinary Centre for Life-Writing Research in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London, it will combine a humanistic, life-writing theory approach with an interdisciplinary methodology, in collaboration with researchers from English, Sociolinguistics, Psychiatry, Culture Media and Creative Industries, Digital Humanities, Medical Humanities, and others.

The project launched in May 2014, and is led by Professor Max Saunders, Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London. Click here to learn more about the Project Team.


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