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Maintained under the direction of Patrick Jagoda (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, affiliated with the department of Cinema and Media Studies) and Eivind Røssak (Associate professor in the Research Department at the National Library of Norway in Oslo), this site collects the blog entries, collaborative exercises, and final essay abstracts of students enrolled in the Network Aesthetics, Network Cultures course at the University of Chicago. In this course, we turn a critical eye to the network structure and try to determine what is at stake in claiming that everything is interconnected. We explore what happens when we imagine things as networks. How does this paradigm shift affect art, narratives, philosophy, and politics? What is the explanatory power of networks? What is the longer history of networked media? In our turn to network aesthetics, we propose to explore the effect of networks on both narrative and procedural forms, including novels, films, electronic fictions, videogames, and new media art. In our turn to network culture, we will delve into the theories of Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, Manuel Castells, Wendy Chun, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Alexander Galloway, Bruno Latour, Bernhard Siegert, Tiziana Terranova, and others.

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