Kittler and the Human(ities)

March 28, 2019 (Thursday)March 29, 2019 (Friday)

Penn Campus

Kittler and the Human(ities)

Rethinking the Human, the Humanities, and the Legacy of German Media Theory

Presented by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature

Kittler and the Human(ities) conference at the University of Pennsylvania explores the legacy of Friedrich Kittler’s thought in German Media Theory as it pertains to, and defines disciplinary boundaries in the humanities. Following what would have been Kittler’s 75th birthday, invited speakers reflect on the past, present, and future of the relationship between media studies, literary studies, and fields across the humanities, social sciences, and beyond. 

In addition to presentations by Mark Hansen (Duke University), Sean Franzel (University of Missouri), Antje Pfannkuchen (Dickinson College), and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (University of British Columbia), we invite graduate students and faculty to attend a Lunch Seminar, “Kittler in Context,” led by the speakers with discussion based on a set of pre-circulated readings on German Media Theory, Kittler, and the humanities (all readings will be available in English). The seminar will take place on Friday, March 29 from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM in the Class of 1955 Seminar Room in Van Pelt Library. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the Lunch Seminar,
please send an email with “Seminar Registration” in the subject line no later than 3/18/19. Space is limited at the Lunch Seminar! Readings will be available starting in early March upon registration. 

To register to attend the conference,
please fill out the registration form:



March 28

4:00PM-5:00PM | Lea Library, Van Pelt Dietrich Library

5:00PM-7:30PM | Max Kade Center
Opening Remarks
Bryan Norton (University of Pennsylvania)

Panel: Kittler and His Legacy
Sean Franzel (university of Missouri)
Mark Hansen (Duke University)
Antje Pfannkuchen (Dickinson College)



March 29

10:30AM-1:00PM | Class of '55 Seminar Room, Van Pelt Dietrich Library
Graduate Seminar: Kittler in Context

1:30PM-3:30PM | Max Kade Center
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (University of British Columbia)

Closing Remarks
Margaret Strair (University of Pennsylvania)