Christopher Schaberg

Christopher Schaberg

Speaker: Christopher Schaberg, Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English, Loyola University, New Orleans

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 4 PM
Place: Procrastinator Theater, Strand Union Building

Title: No Ideas But in Phones, Confronting the Cellular Humanities

Sponsoring department: English

With smartphones everywhere and always demanding our attention, how are the humanities to engage these ubiquitous technologies? As mere personal devices? As richly textual communicative media forms? As cyborg protheses? As evil overlords? In this talk, Christopher Schaberg proposes fresh ways to think about smartphones in relation to the humanities and everyday life, starting with the college classroom and ranging widely across contemporary culture.

Christopher Schaberg received his M.A. in English from Montana State University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where he specialized in twentieth-century American literature and critical theory.

At Loyola, Schaberg teaches courses on contemporary literature and nonfiction, cultural studies and environmental theory. He also teaches a first-year seminar on airports in American literature and culture. He is the author of three books on airports: The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2012), The End of Airports (2015) and Airportness: The Nature of Flight (2017). He has co-edited two essay collections: Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014, with Robert Bennett) and Airplane Reading (2016, with Mark Yakich). He recently completed The Work of Literature In An Age of Post-Truth, about teaching, reading and writing in the early twenty-first century.

Schaberg is founding co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of an essay and book series called Object Lessons which explores the hidden lives of ordinary things. This series offers hands-on opportunities for Loyola students who are interested in nonfiction writing as well as working in editing and publishing.