The Technological Sublime: Virtual Money & Physical Violence: Suarez¹s Daemon & Freedom

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building, home to the UA Poetry Center and the Humanities Seminars Program, 1508 E. Helen Street (at Vine Avenue), UA campus

Virtual Money & Physical Violence: Suarez's Daemon & Freedom

presented by visiting Professor Katherine Hayles, Duke University 


How do we decipher reality in such a virtual world? The technological sublime may not manifest itself as monumental physical artifacts such as the Hoover Dam, nor as the grand adventures of NASA space missions, but as exponential expansions of virtual realms, virtual money, and virtual politics. At stake are notions of sovereignty unanchored by physical territory, the relation between “real” and virtual money, and the relation between virtual realms and physical violence. Daniel Suarez provides a compelling exploration of these issues in his two science fiction novels, Daemon and Freedom. The novels imply that transational global culture is on the brink of momentous changes unprecedented in modern history; a claim that will be explored in this talk.