The Boundaries of Literature Symposium

March 20th-21st, 2019


Professor Alex Galloway-New York University


Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012). His collaboration with Eugene Thacker and McKenzie Wark, Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, has recently been published by the University of Chicago Press. With Jason E. Smith, Galloway co-translated the Tiqqun book Introduction to Civil War (Semiotext[e], 2010). For ten years he worked with RSG on Carnivore, Kriegspiel and other software projects. Galloway’s newest project is a monograph on the work of François Laruelle, published in October 2014.

Galloway has given over two hundred talks both across the U.S. and in ten countries around the world. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. He is recipient of a number of grants and awards including a Creative Capital grant (2006) and a Golden Nica in the 2002 Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria). The New York Times has described his practice as “conceptually sharp, visually compelling and completely attuned to the political moment.”

A member of the NYU faculty since 2002, Galloway has also held visiting posts at the University of Pennsylvania (Spring 2012) and Harvard University (Fall 2016).





Talk: “Uncomputable”

March 20 (Wednesday), 2019, 3:30 pm, Toy Lounge- Dey Hall

 According to digital philosophers, the world is a computer and everything inside it is computable. But what about things that fall outside the bounds of the computable? Alan Turing demonstrated that there are kinds of problems that are computable and kinds of problems that are not, providing a theoretical answer to the question of the uncomputable. But there is also a practical answer: how many computer cycles do you have at your disposal and can you afford to crunch the numbers until the sun burns out? Within the digital, the uncomputable appears in logical paradoxes and rational incompleteness. Within the analog, the uncomputable weaves itself through affect and experience, through all those things that remain ungovernable, unspeakable, or unseeable. In this lecture we will explore the realm of the uncomputable, from the binary present to the non-binary future.


March 20 (Wednesday), 2019

3:30 pm

Toy Lounge, Dey Hall


Seminar:  “New French Theory”

March 21 (Thursday), 2019, 3:30 pm, Donovan Lounge- Greenlaw Hall

Co-sponsored with the Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students. Galloway will be appearing in the “Boundaries of Literature Symposium.”

Reading for Seminar:  Mathification