A Talk by Johanna Drucker

Thursday, May 24, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Free Event

Location: Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory

The UCSB Library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory presents a public talk by scholar and artist Johanna Drucker. Drucker’s talk is co-sponsored by Transcriptions (UCSB English).

Drucker, the inaugural Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

Drucker’s most recent work, The General Theory of Social Relativity, addresses the fundamental question of how we are to understand the forces at work in the social world, and presents a radically innovative framework for thinking about social processes. A century ago theories of quantum physics and general relativity exposed the limits of Newton’s classical, mechanical, approach to explaining the forces at work in the physical world. But the social sciences, including critical aesthetics rooted in 19th century political theory, remain caught in a mechanistic paradigm. Drucker’s formulation offers a non-mechanistic approach to the understanding workings of the social world and the affective forces at work in non-linear politics and aesthetics.

Drucker’s presentation will be followed by a reception.