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Melody Jue: Theory Underwater: Diving into Wild Blue Media

April 28 at 4:00 pm5:30 pm

The Humanities Forum presents Melody Jue, associate professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who will speak on Theory Underwater: Diving into Wild Blue Media.

What would media and literary studies look like, underwater? In her recent book, Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater, Melody Jue shows how the ocean can be a science fictional environment for defamiliarizing concepts in media studies, offering cold and briny contexts in which to rethink the “interface” and “inscription.” Placing her own experience of scuba diving in conversation with science fictions and diving memoirs, Jue demonstrates how the buoyancy of the ocean can be a useful milieu for rethinking the relation between orientation and interpretation. By becoming more aware of the terrestrial bias that we bring to the study of media, Jue calls for an ecocritical practice of “milieu specific analysis,” a way of attending to the environmental conditions of interpretation and embodiment beyond the desk.

Melody Jue is associate professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (Duke University Press, 2020), which won the 2020 Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science book prize. She is the co-editor with Rafico Ruiz of Saturation: An Elemental Politics (Duke Press, 2021) and has published in journals including Grey Room, Configurations, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Resilience, and Media+Environment. Her new work explores the mediations of seaweeds in trans-Pacific contexts.

This event will be streamed online via Webex.

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Sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Office of Sustainability, and the Department of Media and Communication Studies.

Photo courtesy of the speaker.


April 28
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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