Theory of the Hashtag: A Conversation Between Andreas Bernard and Nicholas Mirzoeff


Deutsches Haus

Date: Friday, October 11

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: Deutsches Haus @ NYU

42 Washington Mews

New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation between Andreas Bernard, Professor for Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University and currently DAAD Visiting Scholar at Deutsches Haus at NYU, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University about Bernard’s book “Theory of the Hashtag” (Polity, 2019), digital activism, and the role the hashtag continues to play in shaping and transforming discursive culture

About the Book:

This is a short book about the most prominent sign of our times.  The simple # sign is now used so widely that it is easy to overlook the fundamental effects it has had in the structuring of public debate.  With its help, statements are bundled together and discourse is organized and amplified around common buzzwords.  This method enables us to navigate more easily the huge volume of online utterances, but it also increases the risk of leveling statements and extinguishing difference, as exemplified by the #MeToo debate.

Attendance Information:

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