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Auerbach Lecture | 26.06.2024 | 6 pm

Francesco Casetti (Media Studies, Yale): Media, Fears, Protection


Many contemporary media function as filters that protect us against the dangers from the exterior, rather than tools that help appropriate the world. Consequently, mediation becomes a process in which contact with the world relies on some kind of distancing, and in which grasping reality also means recognizing the threats it may pose – threats that are, more often than not, the result of human action on the world. The lecture explores the widespread presence of protective media in our contemporary media landscape, with a particular focus on the ways they reshape our environment and elicit new forms of governmentality.

Followed by a discussion between Francesco Casseti and Stephan Packard.

The event will be held in English.

Location & Time: Library Erich Auerbach Institute, Weyertal 59 (back building, 3rd floor), 50937 Cologne | Wednesday, 26.06.2024 | 6 pm