Phantasmagoria of Urban Spectacle:
Walter Benjamin and Media Theory Today
Wed, Oct 29, 14:00
University of Westminster
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Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) is one of the most original and perceptive
German literary and cultural critics, but his unique insight into the
profound impact of the media on modernity has received a good deal less
Based on his book 'Walter Benjamin and the Media: The Spectacle of
Modernity' (2014), Jaeho Kang will talk about Benjamin’s critical and
provocative writings on the intersection between media and modern
experience with particular reference to phantasmagoria, aesthetic public
space, and urban spectacle. In so doing, he will clarify Benjamin’s
distinctive and enduring contribution to contemporary media studies.
Before joining SOAS in 2012, Jaeho Kang taught as Assistant Professor in
the Department of Media Studies and Film at the New School in New York
(2005-2012) and was the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in the
Institut für Sozialforschung at the University of Frankfurt (2004-2005).
He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge (2003).
He has tried to bring theoretical contributions of critical theory to
the development of East Asian media and cultural studies and published a
number of articles on critical theory of media and political
communication in English, Korean, German, and Portuguese.
His research has recently focused more attention on the East Asian
context of media culture with particular reference to media spectacle,
urban space and screen culture. The book 'Walter Benjamin and the Media:
The Spectacle of Modernity' (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014) came out in