Conference | Kittler and the Human(ities)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 4:00pm - Friday, March 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Kittler and the Human(ities): Re-thinking the Human, the Humanities, and the Legacy of German Media Theory (March 28-29, 2019}

Kittler and the Human(ities) conference at the University of Pennsylvania (March 28-29, 2019) explores the legacy of Friedrich Kittler’s thought in German Media Theory as it pertains to, and defines disciplinary boundaries in the humanities.  Following what would have been Kittler’s 75th birthday, invited speakers reflect on the past, present, and future of the relationship between media studies, literary studies, and fields across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond. Please see the attached poster for a program of events.

In addition to presentations by Mark Hansen (Duke University), Sean Franzel (University of Missouri), Antje Pfannkuchen (Dickinson College), and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (University of British Columbia), we invite graduate students and faculty to attend a Lunch Seminar, “Kittler in Context,” led by the speakers with discussion based on a set of pre-circulated readings on German Media Theory, Kittler, and the humanities (all readings will be available in English). The seminar will take place on Friday, March 29 from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM in the Class of 1955 Seminar Room in Van Pelt Library. Lunch will be served! 

To register for the Lunch Seminar, please send an email to with “Seminar Registration” in the subject line no later than 3/18/19. Space is limited at the Lunch Seminar! Readings will be available starting in early March upon registration. 

To register to attend the conference, please fill out the registration form:


This event is possible through co-sponsorship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the following programs and partners at the University of Pennsylvania: The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Program in Comparative Literature, The Department of English, Cinema and Media Studies, The History of Art Department, The Price Lab for Digital Humanities, The Wolf Humanities Forum, The School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).

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