“Frost and desolation”: AU #Frankenreads, 10-12, Oct. 31, at the Matrix Hotel

[full track list at bottom]

Amidst frost and desolation, amidst the everlasting ices of the north — that is, in Edmonton, Alberta — Athabasca University, Canada’s open university, will host a multi-disciplinary, multimedia symposium on Frankenstein, as part of the worldwide Frankenreads event happening on Hallowe’en 2018.

Where? The Matrix Hotel, Edmonton.

When? 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2018.

Please RSVP here to attend in-person online via live stream. (If you can attend in person, we encourage you to attend in costume 🙂

Schedule of proceedings:

10:00-10:25 – Arrivals & coffee set to a multimedia prelude, Canadian Frankensteins, mixed by Dr Mark A. McCutcheon (AU Frankenreads organizer, Professor of Literary Studies, & author of The Medium Is the Monster)

10:25 – Welcoming remarks by Dr McCutcheon

10:30-10:45 – – Dr Paul Kellogg (Chair of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies & Associate Professor of Integrated Studies): “The social construction of ‘monsters’ — from Frankenstein to Donald Trump”

10:45-11:00 – Dr Jolene Armstrong (President of the Athabasca U Faculty Association & Associate Professor of English): “‘It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn’: Negotiating liminality in the Netflix series The Frankenstein Chronicles

11:00-11:15 – Dr Angie Abdou (Associate Professor of Creative Writing and author of Home Ice and In Case I Go): “Sorcery Meets Science: The Frankenpheme in Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child

11:15-11:30 – Dr Mark A. McCutcheon: “Mary Shelley, Marshall McLuhan, and the discourse of technology”

11:30-12:00 – Question & Answer period

12:00 – 1:00 – Postlude: a Frankenreads Halloween DJ mix, which might sound a bit like the demo mix linked at top.

The full track list of that mix is as follows:

  1. 00:00 Parliament – Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein
  2. 01:39 Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers – The Monster Mash
  3. 04:35 Peter Tosh – Vampire
  4. 07:44 Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Frankenstein Ska
  5. 10:11 Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings mix)
  6. 17:04 Ladytron – Ghosts (Cassette Jam mix)
  7. 19:46 Burial – Ghost Hardware
  8. 21:56 Sinead O’Connor – I Am Stretched On Your Grave
  9. 25:41 Maestro Fresh Wes – Let Your Backbone Slide (Power mix)
  10. 29:53 Deadmau5 – Dr Funkenstein (original mix)
  11. 30:04 Deadmau5 & Michael Howe – Dr Funkenstein (Michael Howe remix)
  12. 31:37 Deadmau5 & Danny Jay – Dr Funkenstein (Danny Jay remix)
  13. 32:39 Deadmau5 – Moar Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  14. 35:41 Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (instrumental version)
  15. 36:42 Michael Jackson – Thriller
  16. 41:34 Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
  17. 46:04 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust
  18. 49:48 Taco – Puttin’ On the Ritz*
  19. 53:06 The Paladin Project – Afraid Of the Dark
  20. 1:00:49 Deadmau5 – Complications
  21. 1:03:39 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

* If you know why this song’s on the playlist, then you’ve done some homework.

 

A Festschrift piece in Comparative Literature for the New Century

I’m delighted to have a chapter in Giulia Gasperi’s and Joseph Pivato’s new book, Comparative Literature For The New Century, which has just been published by McGill-Queens University Press.

It’s a delight, too, have written that chapter as a Festschrift piece* honouring Pivato’s discipline-building career.

And—in the process—it’s both a delight and a privilege to be able to bring to this writing a payment of tribute—by way of opening epigraphs—to other important mentors in that critical institution called the #university:

* What’s a Festschrift? A peculiarly academical genre.

 

“working out an inter-ACCUTE thought exercise” music mix

[In my post-#congreSSH post about this year’s ACCUTE dance party, I’d said I’d be following up with a post reflecting further on that event. VoilĂ : further thoughts, related to other current concerns, in the form of a DJ mix. What can I say? I have a phonographic memory.]

Playlist:

Aside

It’s been a good week for writing: Carousel Magazine has accepted one of my poems for publication; Riddled With Arrows, one of my stories; and I just got my copy of the latest issue of Quills — Canada’s erotic poetry annual — to which I’ve contributed a piece … thus advancing my moonlighting endeavours in writing the sort of ostensibly literary filth that should be wrapped in brown paper and kept on a higher shelf.

My brief on fair dealing & education for Canada’s copyright review

Here is a copy of the brief I submitted last month to the Government of Canada’s current review of the Copyright Act (a review mandated among the Act’s 2012 amendments). This brief focuses on fair dealing and education. (Click here for the direct link to its Scribd page.)

Other excellent submissions to the review include Meera Nair’s and the Dalhousie Faculty Association’s.

Link & track list for ACCUTE Dance Party 2018 recording

Here’s the at-a-glance track list for the recording of the set I DJed at ACCUTE’s 2018 dance party. (Mixcloud only reveals the full track list during real-time playback.) This isn’t a recording of the whole set, but it’s a generous sample.
I’ll be sharing further reflections on the event in a forthcoming post.

00:00:00 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
00:03:19 N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, “Oye mi canto”
00:06:36 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
00:09:02 Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap thrills”
00:12:05 Rihanna, “Pon de replay”
00:15:27 Mr Vegas, “Heads high”
00:18:20 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the boys (Mundian to bach ke)”
00:22:16 Lady Gaga, “Born this way (Bollywood remix)”
00:26:12 Boney M, “Rasputin”
00:30:26 Dead or Alive, “You spin me round (like a record)”
00:34:43 Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough”
00:38:15 Madonna, “Ray of light”
00:42:52 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)”
00:46:45 Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O., “Xanadu”
00:50:00 Earth Wind & Fire, “September”
00:53:22 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
00:56:09 Meatloaf, “Paradise by the dashboard lights”
01:04:23 Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
01:08:10 BeyoncĂ©, “Drunk in love”
01:13:02 Abhijeet & Anuranda Shriram, “Chunari chunari”
01:16:45 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
01:23:03 Drake, “Nice for what”
01:26:07 Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
01:31:33 Tanya Stephens, “Good ride”
01:35:10 Missy Elliott, “Get ur freak on”
01:38:29 Soft Cell, “Tainted love”
01:41:05 Nena, “99 Luftballoons”
01:44:43 Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
01:48:52 Backstreet Boys, “Everybody” (+ samples of Lil Jon, “Outta your mind”)
01:53:24 Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
01:56:53 Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “One two step”
01:59:55 Sean Paul, “We be burnin'”
2:03:20 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
02:07:34 Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same”
02:10:57 Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay, “212”
02:14:18 Capoeira Twins, “4 x 3”
02:18:40 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two”
02:23:20 Major Lazer feat. VYNZ Kartel, “Pon de floor”
02:26:52 BeyoncĂ©, “Run the world (Girls)”

It’s alive. IT’S ALIVE!

Here’s one way to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818: I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new book The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology. It’s published by Athabasca University Press, and it’s available in hardcover, paperback, and open-access PDF.

To order, see Indigo, Amazon, or UBC Press (AUP’s distributor).

To read the open-access PDF, see AU Press’ webpage for the book and click the Free PDF tab.

Briefly, the book argues, first, that Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein effectively reinvented the meaning of the word “technology” for modern English; and, second, that Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and its adaptations in Canadian pop culture (by icons like David Cronenberg, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, and Deadmau5) have popularized this Frankensteinian sense of technology.