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BENJAMIN J ROBERTSON
Department of English
University of Colorado at Boulder
226 UCB
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0226
EMPLOYMENT
+Instructor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of English [2009 – present]
+Lecturer, University of Colorado, Boulder, Departments of Communication, English, and Humanities/ Comparative Literature [2008 – 2009]
+Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture [2006 – present]
+Teaching Assistant, University at Buffalo, Department of English [2000 – 2006]
+Graduate Assistant, Montclair State University, Film Program/English Department; Honors Program [1998 – 1999]
EDUCATION
+Ph.D. English, University at Buffalo, February 2007
Dissertation: “Things, Politics, and the Future: Propositions for an American New.”
+M.A. English, Montclair State University, June 2000
Thesis: “Novels against War: American Literary Pacifism, 1939 – 1940.”
+B.A. Literature and Communications, Pace University, June 1996
TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS/SPECIALIZATIONS
+Genre, especially science fiction, fantasy, and horror; media and technology studies; 20th- and 21st-century American literature, history, and culture; late capitalism.
Publications
Current Projects
+None of this is normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer. [Monograph, in progress. Under contract with University of Minnesota Press.]
+Here at the end of all things: Fantasy After History. [Monograph, in progress.]
+Ed., with Gerry Canavan. Guilty Pleasures: Late Capitalism and Mere Genre. [Special issue under submission with Extrapolation.]
+“Dragonlance: From Fantasy to Franchise.” [For Guilty Pleasures. Completed. Essay under submission with Extrapolation.]
+Review of Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene by McKenzie Wark. [In progress. Review forthcoming in Postmodern Culture.]
Edited Book
+The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. With Marie-Laure Ryan and Lori Emerson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. [Reviewed in Huffington Post, American References Book Annual, Library Journal, Publishing Research Quarterly, Choice, Collection Management, Journal of Digital Humanities, Journal of Digital Media Management, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, and Reference Reviews.]
Articles in Refereed Journals
+“‘A place I have never seen”: Possibilities and Impossibilities, Genre and Politics in China Miéville’s The Scar.” The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, forthcoming.
+“New Tools, New Value: Producing Music after the Individual.” Music, Sound, and the Moving Image 9:2 (2015): 207 – 218.
+“Shuffle Culture: Archive, Mashup, Apparatus, Human.” Itineration.
+“The Grammatization of Scholarship.” Amodern 1 (2013).
+“’Some matching strangeness’: Biology, Politics, and the Embrace of History in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” Science Fiction Studies 37.3 (November 2010): 362 – 81.
+“Mashing-up the Past, Critiquing the Present, Wrecking the Future:  The Kleptones’ A Night at the Hip-Hopera.” Hyperrhiz 07 (Spring 2010).
+ “On Moral Science: The Problematic Politics of Stuart Kauffman’s Order.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 12.2 (Spring 2004): 287 – 312.
Book Chapters
+“Backstory,” “Completeness,” and “History and Timelines.” The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds. Ed. Mark Wolf. New York and London: Routledge, forthcoming.
+“Incommensurate Nostalgias: Changin’ Times in Watchmen.” Write in Tune: Representing Contemporary Music in Fiction. Eds. Erich Hertz and Jeffrey Roessner. London and New York: Continuum, 2014. 199 – 212.
+“Music, Terrorism, Response: The Conditioning Logic of Code and Networks.” The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror. Eds. Joe Fisher and Brian Flota. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011. 31 – 42.
Non-refereed Journal Articles and Other Writing
+Review of Carl Freedman, Art and Idea in the Novels of China Miéville and Carline Edwards and Tony Venezia (eds.), China Miéville: Critical Essays. The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, forthcoming. [review essay]
+Review of Mark Scroggins, Michael Moorcock: Fiction, Fantasy and the World’s Pain. Science Fiction Studies, forthcoming.
+“‘It’s just us now’: Nostalgia and the Star Wars Universe.” Science Fiction Film and Television, forthcoming. [review essay]
Review of Brian Attebery, Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth. Extrapolation, forthcoming.
+“Belief and its Discontents.” Interstitial. [Review of Uncontrollable Societies of Disaffected Individuals by Bernard Stiegler]
+“Copyright,” “Mashup,” and “Sampling.” The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Eds. Ryan, Emerson, and Robertson. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2014. [encyclopedia entries]
+“Commonplace for the Age of the World Playlist.” remixthebook.com. 5 March 2012. [invited blog post]
+“What we talk about when we talk about healthcare: A response to Lawrence Hergott.” ELN 50.1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 198 – 98. [invited response essay]
+“Free as in Free Culture: A Response to Francis Raven.” electronic book review (March 2006) [invited response essay]
INTERVIW/PRESS
+“Teaching with Technology: Benjamin Robertson.” ASSETT, University of Colorado, Boulder. 27 February 2012. http://assett.colorado.edu/post/3913
EDITORIAL SERVICE
+Managing Editor, electronic book review [2008 – present]
+Managing Editor, Configurations [2006 – 2008]
FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS
+Outstanding Journal Reviewer, Liverpool University Press and Extrapolation (2016)
+English Department “Top-up” Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder (2012, 2013, 2014 [spring], 2014 [fall], 2015 [spring])
+Dean’s Fund for Excellence Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 [spring], 2014 [fall])
+Graduate Committee on the Arts and Humanities Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder [2009]
+”Thank a Teacher” Award, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Georgia Institute of Technology [2007]
+Edward F. Bruns Essay Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [2005]
+College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, University at Buffalo [2004 – 2005]
+Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts [2002, 2003, 2004, 2005]
+Graduate Student Travel Award, American Comparative Literature Association [2003]
+Lawrence Conrad Memorial Scholarship in American Literature, Montclair State University [1999 – 2000]
+Hilary Becker Poetry Award, Pace University [1996]
+Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society, Pace University [1993]
PAPERS DELIVERED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES
+“From Supernatural to Subcultural: Horror and the Endless Present.” The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century. Münster, Germany. 22 – 24 September 2016.
+Participant, “Roundtable Discussion: ‘Fantastic Potential – New Critical and Productive Transformations.’” The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century. Münster, Germany. 22 – 24 September 2016.
+“Towards a New Vocabulary for Fantasy Scholarship.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 36. Orlando, FL. 16 – 20 March 2016.
+Participant, “Roundtable: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 36. Orlando, FL. 16 – 20 March 2016.
+“‘Here at the end of all things’: An Archaeology of Return.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 36. Orlando, FL. 18 – 22 March 2015.
+Participant, “Guilty Pleasures: Late Capitalism and Mere Genre: A Roundtable Discussion.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 36. Orlando, FL. 18 – 22 March 2015.
+“Sentient Daggers, Trips to the Moon: The Weirdness of Dragonlance and the Death Knell of Fantasy.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Vancouver, BC. 8 – 11 January 2015.
+“Genre and Genus: Wer- and Wolf.” Monsters: Killer Robots, Mass Murderers, and Abominations. Science Technology and Society Symposium. Morrisville, NY. 17 April 2014. [invited]
+“Empires of Disbelief.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 35. Orlando, FL. 19 – 23 March 2014.
+”Horror after History: Glenn Duncan’s The Last Werewolf.” &Now 7. University of Colorado, Boulder. Boulder, CO. 26 – 28 September 2013.
+”Everything looks worse in black and white: Graphic Violence in From Hell.” The Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels. Denver, CO. 28 – 30 May 2013.
+“Media Theory and Genre.” Eaton/Science Fiction Research Association Conference. Riverside, CA. 11 – 14 April 2013.
+“The Political Economy of Digital Media and Education.” Marxism and New Media. Duke University. Durham, NC. 20 – 21 January 2012
+“Digital Anamnesis.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Seattle, Washington. 5 – 8 January 2012.
+“The Apparatus of Digital Literature.” E-Poetry 2011. Buffalo, NY. 18 – 21 May, 2011.
+”The Illegible and the Interface.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. 5 – 8 November 2009.
+”Disinhibition, Cultural Production, and the Digital Archive.” ASAP1: The Arts of the Present. Knoxville, Tennessee. 22 – 25 October, 2009.
+Participant, “Publishing the Contemporary: A Journal Editors’ Roundtable.” ASAP1: The Arts of the Present. Knoxville, TN. 22 – 25 October, 2009. [invited]
+”The Archive as Disinhibitor.” Annual Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Colorado Springs, Colorado. 12 – 14 March 2009.
+”Corruption and Sameness in the Twenty-First-Century Oil Narrative.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, California. 27 – 30 December 2008.
+”Democracy, Access, and Constraint: Making Property of the Past.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois. 27 – 30 December 2007.
+”The Declaration of Future Democracy.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, Illinois. 27 – 30 December 2007.
+”Second Nature and/in the Networked Society or, Cultural Production’s Limiting Present.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Portland, Maine. 1 – 4 November 2007.
+”Architecture and Control: ‘Natural’ Constraints on Cultural Production in the Networked Society.” MiT5: Creativity, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Digital Age. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 27 – 29 April 2007.
+”Rip. Mix. Burn. Become. Mash-ups vs. Objects.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Chicago, Illinois. 10 – 13 November 2005.
+”Special Affects: Posthuman Ethics in the Matrix Trilogy.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Durham, North Carolina. 14 – 17 October 2004.
+”Haptic History in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Austin, Texas. 23 – 26 October 2003.
+”Poisonous Ethics.” Society in the Age of Intelligent Machines Conference. State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. 25 – 26 April 2003. [invited lecture]
+”Cultural Bodies, Natural Minds: Wonder and the Ethics of the Posthuman.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. California State University, San Marcos. San Marcos, California. 4 – 6 April 2003.
+”Mass Production and Modernity’s Crisis of Disembodiment: Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville. Louisville, Kentucky. 27 February – 1 March 2003.
+”What We Have Never Been: The Modern, the Monster, and the Body.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Pasadena, California. 10 – 13 October 2002.
+”Becoming Body, Becoming Bodies: Machined Thought and Thinking Machines.” Sociology in the Age of Intelligent Machines Conference. State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Buffalo, New York. 22 – 23 April 2002.
+”The Ontology of Crash: Film, Novel, and Collision as Postmodern Event.” Image, Film, Text. SUNY Binghamton. Binghamton, New York. 15 – 16 March 2002.
+”I/He/You: Post/Modern Subjectivity in Underworld.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville. Louisville, Kentucky. 21 – 23 February 2002.
+”Being-Genetic, Becoming-Genetic: Deleuze’s Conceptual Life and the Possibilities of the Posthuman.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Buffalo, New York. 11 – 14 October 2001.
TALKS AND LECTURES FOR HOME INSTITUTION
+“The Nonsense of Endings: Fantasy’s Regressive Futures.” English Department Faculty Mini-conference. Boulder, CO. 25 April 2014.
+Participant, “Sci-Fi and Entrepreneurship: Is Resistance Futile?” University of Colorado, Boulder. Boulder, CO. 14 March 2014.
+“Literally Fantasy.” CU English Department Literary Brunch. Boulder, CO. 8 March 2014.
+Lecture on A Night at the Hip-Hopera. Prof. Adam Bradley’s Ethnic Adaptations course. CU English Department. Boulder, CO. 26 November 2012. [invited lecture]
+Introduction to Full Metal Jacket. CU English Department Film Series. Boulder, CO. 27 February 2012. [invited lecture]
+“The Illegible and the Interface.” From Movable Type to Pixels. University of Colorado Libraries. Boulder, Colorado. 18 – 19 July 2010. [invited lecture]
+”The Illegible and the Interface.” Wednesday Research Lunch. Department of Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder. 10 September 2008. [invited lecture]
+”On My Sleeve or Up it? Politics in the Composition Classroom.” Teaching Talks: Politics Intersecting Pedagogy. University at Buffalo Composition Program. Buffalo, New York. 24 April 2002. [invited lecture]
OTHER PARTICIPATION AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES
+Chair, “Theorizing the Fantastic.” The Fantastic Now: Research in the Fantastic in the 21st Century. Münster, Germany. 22 – 24 September 2016.
+Chair, “Urban Fantasy Under the Critical Lens.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 36. Orlando, FL. 16 – 20 March 2016.
+Organizer/Chair, “Guilty Pleasures: Late Capitalism and Mere Genre.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Vancouver, BC. 8 – 11 January 2015.
+Moderator, The Shape of the I: A National Conference on Subjectivity. Boulder, CO. 13 – 14 April 2012.
+Chair, “Text.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Atlanta, Georgia. 5 – 8 November 2009.
+Organizer, “Communication Colloquia: Research into Teaching.” Monthly Brown Bag Lecture Series for the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. The Georgia Institute of Technology. [2007 – 2008].
+Organizer/chair. Brown Bag Discussion on Steve Kurtz, Critical Arts Ensemble, and Terrorism. Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Chicago, Illinois. 10 – 13 November 2005.
+Organizer/chair, “History and Time in the Novel: Race, Caves, and Eels.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Austin, Texas. 23 – 26 October 2003.
+Chair, “Living Color: Race on/and Film.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville. Louisville, Kentucky. 27 February – 1 March 2003.
+Organizer/chair, “Technologies, Wonders, and Monsters: Vectors of the Human.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Pasadena, California. October 10 – 13, 2002
+Chair, “Filmic Transgressions.” Twentieth-Century Literature Conference. University of Louisville. Louisville, Kentucky. 21 – 23 February 2002.
COURSES TAUGHT
University of Colorado, Boulder, Departments of Communication, English, and Humanities
+American Literature Since 1860
+Arts, Media, Culture
+Communication, Technology, and Society
+Critical Thinking in English: Media and Technology: McLuhan, Flusser, Stiegler
+First-year Writing Seminar: The Essay
+Introduction to Digital Media
+Introduction to Literary Theory
+Literary Analysis
+Major Authors in American Literature: William Burroughs
+Major Authors in American Literature: Octavia Butler
+Masterpieces of American Literature
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: Contemporary Fantasy
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: Encounters with the Nonhuman
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: Fantasy after Tolkien
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: Horror: The Dead, The Zone, & The Beast
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: I L♥ve the 80s
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: The Nigh Fantastic
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: That 70s Class
+Modern and Contemporary Literature: Violence and Memory
+Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900: Tolkien and the History of Middle-Earth
+Topics in Advanced Theory: Music, Networks, and Digital Media
+Topics in Advanced Theory: History after History
+Topics in Advanced Theory: Posthuman Media
+Topics in Advanced Theory: Theories of Science Fiction
+Topics in Communication: Biopolitics and Political Communication
+Topics in Genre: Science Fiction
+Topics in Popular Culture: Baseball and American Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
+Technology, Law, Culture: English Composition I
+Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day: English Composition II
+History and/in the Contemporary American Novel: English Composition II
+Technical Communication
+Undergraduate Thesis Writing
University at Buffalo, Department of English
+American Literature 2, 1865-present
+Science Fiction
+Film
+Basic Writing
+Advanced Writing
Montclair State University, Film Program/English Department & Honors Program
+Assisted with the preparation and instruction of film courses including: Introduction to Film, Major Film Genres, Major Directors, World Film, and American Film from 1945.
+Assisted with preparation and instruction of freshman honors seminar focusing on twentieth century thought in texts by Marx, Freud, Breton, Eliot, and Kafka.
THESIS COMMITTEES
University of Colorado, Boulder
+Julia Zinchenko (Undergraduate Honors Thesis), Department of English, 2017
+Leslie Selcer (Undergraduate Honors Thesis), Department of English, 2015
+Lauren Thurman (Undergraduate Honors Thesis, as director), Department of English, 2015
+Madison Hosack (Undergraduate Honors Thesis, as director), Department of English, 2015
+Jay Bennett (Undergraduate Honors Thesis, as director), Department of English, 2014
+Emily Squadra (Undergraduate Honors Thesis), Department of Humanities, 2013
+Ian Glass (Undergraduate Honors Thesis), Department of Humanities, 2012
UNIVERSITY SERVICE
Boulder Faculty Assembly Faculty Student Mentor Program
+Faculty mentor (2014)
DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder
+Honors Council Representative (2014 – 2015)
+Course Coordinator for ENGL 3060: Modern and Contemporary Literature for Non-majors (2013 – 2015)
+Undergraduate Committee (2012 – 2013)
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology
+Founder and Organizer: Communication Colloquium: Research into Teaching Brown Bag Series [2007 – 2008]
+Executive Committee [2007 – 2008]
+Brittain Fellow Representative to the School [2006 – 2007]
Department of English, University at Buffalo
+Department Executive Committee [2003 – 2004]
+Graduate Review Committee [2003 – 2004]
+Faculty Search Committee [2002 – 2003]
+President, English Graduate Student Association [2002 – 2003]
+Graduate Admissions Committee [2001 – 2002]
+President, Graduate Americanist Group [2001 – 2002]
+Department Voting Member [2000 – 2005]
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
+Reader, MIT Press
+Reader, University of Minnesota Press
+Reviewer, Genre
+Reviewer, Symploke
+Reviewer, Literature Compass
+Reviewer, Extrapolation
+Reviewer, P@rticipations
Other Professional Development
+Participant, ASSETT Teaching with Technology Faculty Seminar, University of Colorado, Boulder (2011)
+Participant, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program Summer Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder (2010)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
+Modern Language Association
+Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
+Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
+Science Fiction Research Association
+International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
REFERENCES
Dossier available upon request.
Updated 9 September 2016
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