Through a reading of the 2011 novel Leaving the Atocha Station by US writer Ben Lerner, this talk will explore some of the underlying reasons why 21st-century boredom specifically is different than previous manifestations, with reference to new technologies, changing sociocultural conditions, increasing precarity in the workplace and elsewhere, the proliferating and accelerating demands on our time and attention, and so forth.
Drinks and nibbles will be served after the presentation.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 5 March 2018.
Professor Michael E. Gardiner is currently interested in theories of affect (especially boredom), the everyday, utopia, and dialogical social theory (the work of Mikhail Bakhtin in particular). He has published extensively on ideas around boredom and is currently editing a book on 'boredom studies'.
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