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Saturday, 08 January

506. LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology: Site of Wonder, Memory, and Disruption

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Platinum Salon A, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Andrew Howe, La Sierra Univ.

Speakers: Jeremiah Axelrod, Occidental Coll.; Gregory Borenstein, New York Univ.; M. Catherine Coleman, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Kristin Koster, Univ. of California, Davis; Jeanne Scheper, Univ. of California, Irvine

This session explores recent currents of theoretical inquiry regarding LA’s Museum of Jurassic Technology, including cultural ventriloquism and hybridity, the immediacy of knowledge in an era of ubiquitous computing, the practice of “shop gifting,” the establishment of a middlebrow exegesis, the purposeful cultivation of discomfort and unease amongst museum visitors, and employing aesthetic cannibalism as a strategy of camp.

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