The annual John Fekete Distinguished Lecture series was established in November 2011 and inaugurated in November 2013, by the Cultural Studies PhD Program to honour John Fekete on his retirement from Trent in 2012.  The idea of the lectureship is to invite distinguished visitors to the university to share their most recent or forthcoming publications that are influential and important in the field of cultural inquiry. 



2016 Lecturer - Dominic Pettman

November 3, 2016











2015 Lecturer - Colin Milburn

November 5, 2015

The 2015 Fekete lecturer was Colin Milburn, who holds the Gary Snyder Chair in Science and the Humanities at University of California, Davis.  A Professor in English, Science and Technology Studies, and Cinema and Technocultural Studies, Milburn's research and publications focus on the relations of literature (especially Science Fiction and Gothic Horror), science, and technology, with a particular emphasis on nanotechnologies. 

Professor Milburn gave a public lecture at Traill College on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Bagnani Hall.

This lecture addressed the curious relationship of science fiction to modern science and the production of high-tech futures. Focusing on a historical case study—the physicist Gerald Feinberg's theorization of tachyons—and then expanding to consider broader intersections of speculative fiction and experimental research in recent decades, Colin Milburn showed the extent to which science fiction as a narrative genre and a mode of discourse propagates a posthumanist way of doing science, disordering inherited distinctions between mythology and technology, present and future, the human subject and its alternatives.

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2014 Lecture

November 13, 2014

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun,

Professor and Chair, Modern Culture and Media,

Brown University

New Media: Paradoxes and Habits

Professor Chun brings an interdisciplinary background in Systems Design Engineering (B.Sc. Waterloo) and English Literature (MA and PhD, Princeton) to her work in digital media. She is the author of Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT Press, 2011) and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT Press, 2006), as well as the co-editor of Race as Technology, special issue of Camera Obscura 24 (2009), with Lynne Joyrich and New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2006), with Thomas Keenan. Her current work, which she will discuss in her talk, focuses on what she calls “the paradoxical remains of new media.”

Bagnani Hall, Traill College


Inaugural Lecture

November 7, 2013


Dr. Mark Hansen is Professor of Literature and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. Professor Hansen is the author of many influential and interdisciplinary books and articles on media and cultural theory, including Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing (2000); New Philosophy for New Media (2004), Bodies in Code: Interfaces with New Media (2006), Feed Forward: On the "Future" of 21st Century Media (forthcoming), and the co-edited volume with W.J.T. Mitchell, Critical Terms for New Media (2010).

Thursday, November 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Bagnani Hall, Traill College