Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
University of Illinois Quadrangle
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial1867-2017

Technocultural Futurisms: Code, Hack, Move



The 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois as a land-grant institution, founded on what was then a radically new vision of technical and agricultural education for ordinary US citizens, offers a moment to reflect on the central role technology plays in the way we imagine the future. This symposium places this notion of technological futurity in conversation with work in critical race, gender, sexuality, transnational, and indigenous studies. "Technological Futurisms" are artistic and political movements that challenge existing visions of technology and dream up alternative futures. Our subtitle--Code, Hack, Move--foregrounds modes of active intervention, gesturing towards critical engagements that seek not to break or replace current regimes but to re-make and re-direct them. "Code" is the language through which our contemporary world is being articulated; "hack" suggests one possible way we might intervene in it; and "move" marks its affective potential, its ability to transform.




Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson (keynote speaker)

      • President, Social Science Research Council

        • Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she has served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is president of the Social Science Reseach Council and chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. Prior to joining Columbia in 2009, Nelson was on the faculty of Yale University, where she received the Poorvu Award for interdisciplinary teaching excellence.


  • Ricardo Dominguez (UCSD)

  • David Gaertner (UBC)

  • Alexander Galloway (NYU)

  • Joana Moll (Barcelona)

  • Lisa Nakamura (U Michigan)

  • Jenna Ng (York)

  • Nishant Shah (ArtEZ/Leuphana)