Monday, November 26
6 p.m.
Russell House

A Digital Prelude: On Overlay, Indexicality, and Being Behind

Tom Boellstorff

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

In this talk, I conduct a meta-analysis of my research in Indonesia and in virtual worlds, as well as the research of a number of other scholars, to address questions of temporality, repetition, and transformation. Drawing from a range of theoretical resources in queer studies, technology studies, linguistics, and other disciplines, I explore how the gap between the virtual and the actual provides a point of entry for considering how digital beingpredicated on both constitutive discreteness and teleologies of locality, specificity, and differenceis powerfully shaping forms of everyday experience, community, and politics.