Rhetoric Spring Colloquium: Brian Massumi

03/14/2019, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

315 Wheeler (Maud Fife Room)

Brian Massumi


Immediation is an evolving concept closely allied with process philosophy. It works from the premise that activity and event are the fundamental categories for understanding, rather than subject, substance, or structure. This premise troubles notions of medium and mediation, insisting that everything that registers as real does so in the immediacy of an event. This presentation will work from A.N. Whitehead's theory of "transmission," in tandem with C.S. Peirce’s idiosyncratic logic of continuity, to propose some conceptual directions for a theory of immediation, beyond traditional communicational and ideological paradigms of mediation.

(Subject to change)

This event is free and open to the public.