Plenary SpeakersSLSA ’07 features two plenary sessions, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday evening. The Friday evening plenary will be held at the conference site, the Holiday Inn By the Bay. The Saturday evening plenary will be held at the Portland Museum of Art, a short walk from the conference hotel. If you anticipate needing special transportation to the museum, please contact Site Chair Arielle Saiber.
N. Katherine Hayles is a groundbreaking theorist whose work focuses on the intersections of literature, science, and the arts. She has been particularly influential in illuminating the parallels of scientific models and literary theories, as well as in contextualizing the interactions between humans and intelligent machines. Her books include How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (U of Chicago Press 1999), Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science (U of Chicago Press 1991), and most recently, My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (U of Chicago Press 2005). She is the Hillis Professor of Literature in English and Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Brian Massumi established his preeminence by introducing the English-speaking world to Deleuze and Guattari through his translation of their seminal work, A Thousand Plateaus (U of Minnesota Press 1987). He followed this masterful and challenging translation with an original text that practices and advances the work of Deleuze and Guattari, A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press 1992). His most recent book, Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (Duke U Press 2002), finds Massumi again at a critical nexus of interdisciplinary research, articulating lucid and novel theories of embodiment and perception to catalyze the recent interest in corporeality and its relations to experience. He is Professor of Communication at Université de Montréal.