Sarah Jackson: Telephone Greetings
Opening Telepoetics, this paper welcomes you to the event and begins with a brief reflection on ‘hello’.
Will Self: Picking Up
Picking up the phone and opening the conversation, Will Self will discuss the dialectical relation between telecommunication technologies and human psychopathology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, tapping in to the role of the phone in producing the state we’re in…
Elizabeth Bruton: What we talk about when we talk about telephones
This brief introduction will discuss the Exchange section of the Science Museum’s Information Age gallery, exploring the history of telephony in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Anne Archer: Passing the Call
This introduction from the Head of Heritage and Archives at BT (a Crossed Lines partner) welcomes you to the symposium and introduces listeners to the collection.
I’m Sam Buchan-Watts, Research Assistant for Crossed Lines and I’ll be chairing this panel, ‘Hello’. So ‘Hello!’, or ‘Ahoy!’ – which we learn was Bell’s preferred form of introduction. Thank you Sarah, Will, Elizabeth and Anne for getting us going. And what a rich set of introductions it is. A question to begin with: Telephones call across space, but also, as we hear from these compelling accounts, across time. In Will’s rendering, modernism is an ongoing historical period which has seen an epochal shift to bidirectional systems of communication: to networks rather than the hierarchal ...23 hours ago
Thank you for these comments, @amysara! I love the connecting line with the Greek 'allo-' for other/Other. It also reminds me of Cixous's lines in FirstDays of the Year about 'he and she in the halo [the halo, but you hear the telephone call: hello, it's me, hello, yes ....]' I'm sure that you're already familiar with this, but some good texts on the gendered dimension of telephony include Michele Martin's Hello Central: Gender, Technology, and Culture in the Formation of Telephone Systems and Ned Schantz's Gossip, Letters, Phones: The Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature.14 hours ago
Thank you for sharing your papers, and for the comments. I'm really interested in Sam's question about the telephone's 'strange memory'. Part of this project has been an attempt to create some sort of archive of telephone calls (literary and otherwise), but that also means recognising the necessary impossibility of capturing the call which, like Deleuze's line of flight, can only ever be fleeting. Perhaps it is this that makes the call all the more haunting? It's something I want to think further about, but it also strikes me that there is a connecting line with Nick Royle and Andrew Bennett's...13 hours ago
Thanks, Sarah, for these references and for reminding me of "halo"... I was also happy to realize that Laurent in Conversation 5 addresses the allo- as prefix!13 hours ago
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