Orit Halpern: The Planetary Bet

Thursday, 7 February 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and Interdisciplinary Research Lab on Cities and Contemporary Urban processes (ILCCUP)

Volatility—extremes of high and low, temporal scales between the geological and digital, varying thresholds of toxicity, safety, poverty—these are the differentials that in contemporary societies are the very mediums for financial speculation and ubiquitous computing. This talk will examine how concepts of resilience from ecology, ideas of systems management from cybernetics and design, and algorithmic investment strategies from finance merged to produce both a contemporary mode of disaster speculation that I label "the planetary bet” and an affective sentiment of "resilient hopefulness".

Dr. Orit Halpern is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Concordia University. Her work explores the histories of digital technologies, cybernetics, the human and cognitive sciences, and design. She is particularly focussed on histories of big data, interactivity, and ubiquitous computing. She is director of Speculative Life, a speculative design research cluster at the intersection of the life sciences, architecture and design, art history and curatorial practices and computational media.

A light lunch will be served.

The event will take place in English, followed by a bilingual questions period