Seminar für Englische Philologie; Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Cultures of Obsolescence in North America
Göttingen, 27.06.2013-29.06.2013.
Conference Program

The conference is concerned with a wide array of phenomena and questions regarding the aesthetics and historical dynamics of obsolescence in North America: consumerism and commodity culture, object culture and theories of materiality and trash, architecture and urban culture, literature and the book market, technological development and media history, as well as the accelerated living conditions and short-lived e-technologies in the age of the digital. We consider obsolescence a governing principle of production and consumption that developed under modern capitalism and characterizes not only economic developments but cultural dynamics and values as well.