Texas Tech University

Bruce Clarke

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science
Literature

Email: bruce.clarke@ttu.edu

Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo

Bruce Clarke is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Literature and Science in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. His research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century literature and science, with special interests in systems theory, narrative theory, and ecology. In 2010-11 he was Senior Fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar, and in Summer 2015 he was Senior Fellow at the Center for Literature and the Natural Sciences, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He edits the book series Meaning Systems, published by Fordham University Press.

Dr. Clarke's professional headshot

Books

  • Neocybernetics and Narrative. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
  • Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
  • Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.
  • Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.
  • Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis. Albany:State University of New York Press, 1995.

Editions

  • Bruce Clarke. Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.
  • Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini, eds.  London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
  • From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Linda D. Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002.
  • The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine.  Ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990.

Special Issues

  • Literature and Science: The Next Generation. Ed. Bruce Clarke. A special number of Intertexts (9:1): 2005.
  • Webs of Discourse: The Intertextuality of Science Studies. Ed. Bruce Clarke. A special number of Intertexts (3:2): 1998.

Book Chapters in Print

  •  “The Planetary Imaginary: Gaian Ecologies from Dune to Neuromancer.” In Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet. Ed. Bruce Clarke. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. 151-74.
  • “Evolutionary Equality: Neocybernetic Posthumanism and Margulis and Sagan's Writing Practice.” In Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2015. 275-97.
  • “Mediations of Gaia.” In Astroculture: Figurations of Cosmology in Media and Arts. Eds. Sonja Neef, Henry Sussman, and Dietrich Boschung. Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2014. 119-41.
  • “Posthumanism.” In The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 3rd ed. Eds. Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
  • “‘Gaia is not an Organism': The Early Scientific Collaboration of Lynn Margulis and James Lovelock.” In Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel. Ed. Dorion Sagan. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2012. 32-43.
  • “Autopoiesis and the Planet.” In Impasses of the Post-Global: Theory in the Era of Climate Change, vol. 2. Ed. Henry Sussman. Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2012.
  • “Afterword.” In Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions. Ed. John Holmes. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012. 210-14.
  • Clarke, B. (2011). "Steps to an Ecology of Systems: Whole Earth and Systemic Holism". In Hannes Bergthaller and Carsten Schinko. (Ed.),
  • “Systems Theory.” In Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini, eds. Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, pp.214-25.
  • “Communication” and “Information.” InCritical Terms for Media Studies. Eds. W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, pp.131-44, 157-71.
  • “Interview with Heinz von Foerster” and “Heinz von Foerster's Demons: The Emergence of Second-Order Systems Theory.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp. 26-61.
  • --- and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Introduction: Neocybernetic Emergence.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp.1-25.
  • “Neocybernetics of Gaia: The Emergence of Second-Order Gaia Theory.” InGaia in Turmoil:Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis. Eds. Eileen Crist and H. Bruce Rinker. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009, pp.293-314.
  • “Der Selbstreferenzielle Wissenschaftler: Erzählung, Medien und Metamorphose in Cronenbergs Die Fliege.” Trans. Sascha Pöhlmann. In Frosch und Frankenstein. Bilder in und über Wissenschaft-Popularisierungen und Mythenbildung. Ed. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. Bielefeld: Transcript. 2008.
  • “Suffragism, Imagism, and the ‘Cosmic Poet': Scientism and Spirituality in The Freewoman and The Egoist.” In Little Magazines and Modernism. Ed. Adam McKible and Suzanne Churchill. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. pp.117-31.
  • “The Self-Referential Scientist: Narrative, Media, and Metamorphosis in Cronenberg's The Fly.” In Science Images and Popular Images of Science. Ed. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. New York: Routledge, 2007: 301-22.
  • “Noise in the System: Kinga Araya's Media Art.”  Hybris: Kinga Araya. Ed. Sebastian Cichocki. Bytom: Bytomskie Centrum Kultury, 2003: 79-87.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” In Democracy, Civil Society, and Environment. Ed. Joseph Bilello. Muncie, IN: College of Architecture and Planning Monograph, Ball State University, 2002: 41-49.
  • "Dark Star Crashes: Classical Thermodynamics and the Allegory of Cosmic Catastrophe.”  In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 59-75.
  • “From Thermodynamics to Virtuality.”  In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 17-33.
  • “A Different Sun: The Allegory of Thermodynamics in D. H. Lawrence.” In Myth and the Making of Modernity. Ed. Michael Bell and Peter Poellner. Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1998: 81-98.
  • “Aspects of the Daemonic in Primo Levi's The Periodic Table.” In The Literature of Science: Perspectives on Popular Scientific Writing. Ed. Murdo William McRae. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1993: 169-85.
  • “The Melancholy Serpent: Body and Landscape in Lawrence and William Carlos Williams.”  In D. H. Lawrence's Literary Inheritors. Ed. Keith Cushman and Dennis Jackson. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991: 188-210.
  • “Keatsian Turns: Diagraming Metaphor and Empathy.” In Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry. Ed. Walter H. Evert and Jack W. Rhodes. New York: MLA, 1991: 59-63.
  • “Life, Language, and Identity: Lewis Thomas's Biomythology in The Lives of a Cell.” In The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine. Ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990: 207-17.

Articles, Article Reviews, and Introductions

  •  “Introduction: Earth, Life, and System.” In Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet. Ed. Bruce Clarke. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015. 1-11.
  • “‘The Anthropocene,' or, Gaia Shrugs,” in Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1:1 (2015): 101-4.
  • “John Lilly, The Mind of the Dolphin, and Communication Out of Bounds.” In Communication +1: vol. 3, article 8 (2014).
  • “A Foreword by the Series Editor.” In Heinz von Foerster. The Beginning of Heaven and Earth Has No Name: Seven Days with Second-Order Cybernetics. Eds. Albert Müller and Karl H. Müller. New York: Fordham University Press, 2014. ix-x.
  • “Rethinking Evolution: Evolution: A View from the 21st Century, by James A. Shapiro, and The Biologist's Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature, and Nature, by Victoria N. Alexander.” Configurations 20:3 (2013): 335-40.
  • “Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature.” The Comparatist 37 (2013): 186-99.
  • “From Information to Cognition: The Systems Counterculture, Heinz von Foerster's Pedagogy, and Second-Order Cybernetics.” Constructivist Foundations 7:3 (2012): 196-207.
  • “Embodied Mediation: Avatar and its Systems.” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 3:1 (2012): 25-42.  
  • “Heinz von Foerster and Niklas Luhmann: The Cybernetics of Social Systems Theory.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 18:3-4 (2011): 95-99.
  • Clarke, B. (2011). “Embodied Mediation: Semiosis in _Avatar_”. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung,35.
  • Clarke, B. “Rethinking Evolution". Cybernetics and Human Knowing.
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Introduction: Neocybernetic Emergence.” InEmergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009, pp.1-25.
  • Bruce Clarke. “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah?  Joseph Carroll's Literary Darwinism.” Electronic Book Review (2009)
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Neocybernetic Emergence: Retuning the Posthuman.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16:1-2 (2009): 83-99.
  • “Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Neocybernetics.” Subject Matters 3.2-4:1 (2007): 31-48.
  • “Gaia Matters: James Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia and Stephan Harding's Animate Earth.”  (2006) electronic book review
  • “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah? Joseph Carroll's Literary Darwinism.” Green Letters 7 (2006): 36-41.
  • “Introduction.” Literature and Science: The Next Generation. Intertexts 9.1 (2005): 1-3.
  • “The Metamorphoses of the Quasi-Object: Narrative, Network, and System in Bruno Latour and The Island of Dr. Moreau.” Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 50 (2005): 37-56.
  • “Paradox and the Form of Metamorphosis: Systems Theory in A Midsummer Night's Dream.”  Intertexts 8.2 (2004): 173-87.
  • “Mediating The Fly: Posthuman Metamorphosis in the 1950s.” Configurations 10.1 (2002): 169-91.
  • “Introduction.” With Linda D. Henderson. In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature, ed. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002: 1-15.
  • “Science, Theory, and Systems.” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 8.1 (2001): 149-65.
  • “Friedrich Kittler's Technosublime: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter.” American Book Review 22.1 (2000): 7, 9.
  • “Friedrich Kittler's Technosublime: Gramophone, Film, Typewriter.”  electronic book review 10 (1999)
  • “Introduction: Webs of Discourse—The Intertextuality of Science Studies.” Intertexts 3.2 (1999): 99-104.
  • “Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Lawrencean Aether.” Paunch 69-70 (1999): 123-35.
  • “A Scientific Romance: Thermodynamics and the Fourth Dimension in Charles Howard Hinton's ‘The Persian King.'” Weber Studies 14.1 (1997): 62-74.
  • “Allegories of Victorian Thermodynamics.” Configurations 4.1 (1996):67-90.
  • “Introduction: Allegory and Science.” Configurations 4.1 (1996): 33-37.
  • “Dora Marsden and Ezra Pound: The New Freewoman and ‘The Serious Artist.'” Contemporary Literature 33.1 (1992): 91-112.
  • “D. H. Lawrence and the Egoist Group.” Journal of Modern Literature 18.1 (1992): 65-76.
  • “Dora Marsden and The Freewoman: Anarchism and Literature.” Works and Days 10.1 (1992): 129-43.
  • “Resistance in Theory and the Physics of the Text.” New Orleans Review 18.1 (1991): 86-93.
  • "Introduction." In The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine, ed. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990. 1-8.
  • “Sacred Truths, Complex Tropes, Critical Misreadings.” University of Hartford Studies in Literature 21.3 (1989): 55-60.
  • “Circe's Metamorphoses: Late Classical and Early Modern Allegorical Readings of the Odyssey and the Metamorphoses.” University of Hartford Studies in Literature 21.2 (1989): 3-20.
  • “Daemonic Anatomy: Embarrassment and Theft in Apuleius's The Golden Ass.” Mosaic 21.2-3 (1988): 13-23.
  • “The Melancholy Serpent: Body and Landscape in William Carlos Williams and D. H. Lawrence.” Bucknell Review 31.1 (1988): 139-58.
  • “Artifice and Oscillation in the Eighteenth-Century Sublime.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 28.3 (1987): 271-77.
  • “The Fall of Montezuma: Poetry and History in William Carlos Williams and D. H. Lawrence.” William Carlos Williams Review 12.1 (1986): 1-12.
  • “Dora Marsden's Egoism and Modern Letters: West, Weaver, Joyce, Pound, Lawrence, Williams, Eliot.” Works and Days: Essays in the Socio-Historical Dimensions of Literature and the Arts 2.2 (1985): 27-47.
  • “Birkin in Love: Corrupt Sublimity in D. H. Lawrence's Representation of Soul.” Thought 59.235 (1984): 449-61.
  • “Fabulous Monsters of Conscience: Anthropomorphosis in Keats's Lamia.” Studies in Romanticism 23.4 (1984): 555-79.
  • “The Apolline Complex in Contemporary Tabloid Journalism.” Studies in Popular Culture 7 (1984): 86-93.
  • “The Eye and the Soul: A Moment of Clairvoyance in The Plumed Serpent.” The Southern Review 19.2 (1983): 289-301.
  • “Wordsworth's Departed Swans: Sublimation and Sublimity in Home at Grasmere.” Studies in Romanticism 19.4 (1980): 355-74.
  • “Imagination's Glory, the One, the Sexual Body: Contexts for ‘Dejection: an Ode.'” Paunch 48-49 (1977): 51-82.
  • “Miss Lonelyhearts and the Detached Consciousness.” Paunch 42-43 (1975): 21-39.

Book Reviews

  • “Victorian Bodies in Heat: ThermoPoetics: Energy in Victorian Literature and  Science, by Barri J. Gold.” Metascience 20:2 (2011): 325-28.
  • "Decomplexifying Luhmann: Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems, by Hans-Georg Moeller.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 15.2 (2008): 93-96.
  • “The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760-1860, by Ted Underwood.” European Romanticism Review (2008). 19:5.
  • "D. H. Lawrence and Survival: Darwinism in the Fiction of the Transitional Period, by Ronald Granofsky.” Studies in the Novel 37.3 (2005): 352-54.
  • "Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality of Communication, ed. Timothy Lenoir.”  Comparative Literature 52.1 (2000): 87-90.
  • "Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture, by Lois Palken Rudnick.” D. H. Lawrence Review 27.1 (1998): 119-22.
  • "D. H. Lawrence's Response to Plato: A Bloomian Interpretation, by Barry J. Scherr.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 41.2 (1998): 243-46.
  • "Days and Nights with Lawrence: D. H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage, by Brenda Maddox, and A D. H. Lawrence Chronology, by Peter Preston.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 38.4 (1995): 542-46.
  • "A Lawrencean Cosmology: Sketches of Etruscan Places and Other Italian Essays, by D. H. Lawrence.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 37.4 (1994): 556-59.
  • "Vitalism and/or Nihilism: Two Lawrenceans.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 37.2 (1994): 269-74.
  • "Literature and Sickness, ed. David Bevan.” Literature and Medicine 12:2 (1993): 239-41.
  • “Doubt and Identity in Romantic Poetry, by Andrew M. Cooper.” Studies in Romanticism 30.4 (1991): 692-95.
  • “Reading Pound Reading: Modernism After Nietzsche, by Kathryne V. Lindberg, and Ezra Pound: The Legacy of Kulchur, ed. Marcel Smith and William A. Ulmer.” South Atlantic Review 54.3 (1989): 147-50.
  • “Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry, by Gregory Woods.” D. H. Lawrence Review 21.1 (1989): 107-8.
  • “Honest Simplicity in William Carlos Williams's ‘Asphodel, That Greeny Flower,' by Marilyn Kallet, and A Poetry of Presence: The Writing of William Carlos Williams, by Bernard Duffey.” South Atlantic Review 53.1 (1988): 167-70.
  • “Symbol to Vortex: Poetry, Painting and Ideas, 1885-1914, by Alan Robinson.” South Atlantic Review 51.4 (1986): 156-59.
  • “The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi.” The Georgia Review 40.2 (1986): 576-79.

Invited Presentations

  • “Scaling the Microcosm.” Keynote lecture for “Scale,” the 2015 European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference, University of Malta.
  • “Planetary Immunity: Biopolitics, Gaia Theory, and the Systems Counterculture.” Institute for the Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM). Leuphana University Lüneburg.  article
  •  “The Problem with Intelligence: The Disunity of the Sciences in Stanislaw Lem's Fiasco.” Narrating Science lecture series. ELINAS: Center for Literature and Natural Science, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
  •  "Planetary Immunity I and II.“ Science Studies Research Workshop. University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.
  • “The AI Constellation: Cybernetics, Science Fiction, and Communication.” Mike Ryan Lecture Series, Philosophy Student Association, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.
  •  “Systemic Reentry and Narrative Form.” Plenary address for the 2014 Rice English Graduate Symposium: Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries. Rice University, Houston, TX.
  • “Dolphins on Drugs: The Human Biocomputer, the Biological Computer Laboratory, and the Systems Counterculture.” Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Austria.
  •  "Planetary Immunity.” Workshop on Imagining Earth: Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of “Our Home Planet.” Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  •  “Cybercosmopoetics.” Workshop on Cosmopoetics. Deutsches Haus, New York University.
  •  NASA Workshop on Understanding Literature and Art Cultures for Transformative Research. Center for Science and the Imagination. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
  •  “Cycle and Flow: Steps to a General Ecology in Gregory Bateson and Félix Guattari.” Workshop on The Ecological Paradigm: Issues and Perspectives of a General Ecology of Media and Technology. Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  •  “The Ecology of Neuromancer.” Scott-Hawkins lecture series, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.
  •  “Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature.” Plenary address for the Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Workshop on “Fiction Meets Science: The World of Science under the Literary Microscope.” University of Bremen, Germany.
  • “Approaching Telepathy: Facticity, Critique, Narrative, and the Closure of Communication.” School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • “Lynn Margulis and Autopoietic Gaia.” Lynn Margulis: Celebrating a Life in Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • Clarke, B., Cosmology and Cosmopolitanism in Media and Culture, International Research Institute for Transformations in the Humanities, University of Cologne, Germany, "“Mediations of Gaia”," International, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (November 2011).
  • Clarke, B., Heinz von Foerster Congress, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, "“The Self-Organizing Classroom: Foerster's BCL Pedagogy 1968-1974”," International, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (November 2011).
  • Clarke, B., Journee Posthumanisme, Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université
  • “Gaia Theory and Neocybernetic Posthumanism.” Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université Paris 8, March 21, 2011.
  • “Information, Cognition, and Narration.” Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition, Université Paris 8, March 19, 2011.
  • “Posthumanism, Subjects, and Systems.” School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 10, 2011.
  • “‘Our Microscopic Allies': H. G. Wells among the Microbes.” Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, University of Berne, Switzerland, March 9, 2011.
  • “‘Our Microscopic Allies': H. G. Wells among the Microbes.” Department of English, University of Basel, Switzerland, March 8, 2011.
  • “Michel Serres' Cybernetics in Autopoietic Context.” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2011.
  • “Heinz von Foerster in the Systems Counterculture.” Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2010.
  • “Gaia Theory and Biodiversity.” Plenary address for “Biodiversity and Contemporary Art,” SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia at Perth, November 2010.
  • “Embodied Mediation: Semiosis in Avatar.” Invited presentation for the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar, November 2010.
  • “Narrative Medium, Narrative Form: Reentry and Time.” Plenary address for “Loopings,” annual meeting of the Society for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft), Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, October 2010.
  • “Waiting for Gaia.” Invited presentation for Idioms of the Post-Global, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, March 2009.
  • “Systems Countercultures: Buckminster Fuller and the Whole Earth Catalog.” The Counterculture in the  1950s and 1960s: From the Beats to Bucky Fuller, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 2008.
  • “Bringing Neocybernetics to Lindisfarne.” Lindisfarne Fellows Conference, Santa Fe, NM.  2008.
  • “The Evolution of Metamorphosis in Octavia Butler's Fiction.” Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CN.  2006.
  • “The Environment of Systems Theory in Margulis and Sagan.” Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.  2006.
  • “Communication and Media: Technoscientific Transformation and Social Theory.” Comparative Literature Program, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.  2006.
  • “‘The Flow of Energy Through a System': Getting Started with Systems in the Whole Earth Catalog.” The Whole Earth, parts thereof, a symposium on the Whole Earth Catalog, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA.  2006.
  • Discussant, panel on “The Death of the Postmodern and the Post-Ironic Lull.” University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. 2005.
  • “Niklas Luhmann and Heinz von Foerster: The Cybernetics of Social Systems Theory.” Department of Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. 2005.
  • “The ‘Top Word of 2003': Notes on the Rhetoric and Epistemology of ‘Embedding' in Media, Narrative, and Systems.” Department of English, Rice University, Houston, TX. 2004.
  • “Narrating The Fly: Media, Systems, and the Self-Referential Scientist.” 2003. Symposium on Images of the Sciences and Scientists in Visual Media, Deutsches Haus at New York University, New York, NY.
  • “Embedding and Self-Reference in Narrative, Media, and Systems: Framing The Fly.” Department of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 2003.
  • “Posthuman Metamorphosis.” Department of English, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. 2003.
  • “History and Systems.” Roundtable on “Hard Choices: How Should Literary Theorists Approach Science.” Modern Language Association Convention, New York, NY. 2002.
  • “Teleporting The Fly: Media, Metamorphosis, Systems, and the Self-Referential Scientist.” Department of English, SUNY/Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. 2002.
  • “Bruno Latour's Aramis and the Metamorphoses of the Quasi-Object.” Panel on Networks, Quasi-Objects, and Identity: Reintegrating Humans, Technology, and Nature, Academy of Management Convention, Denver, CO.  2002.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” Symposium on Democracy, Civil Society, and Environmental Design, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, Muncie, IN.  2002.
  • “Strong Constructivism: Modernity and Complexity in Science Studies and Systems Theory.” Writing Science Symposium, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 2002.
  • “Allegory, Observation, and the Career of Maxwell's Demon.” History of Science Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. 2002.
  • "Modernism and Science.” Seminar co-leader with Linda Dalrymple Henderson. 2000. Modernist Studies Association conference on “The New Modernisms II,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Aether and Phonograph: The Fourth Dimension and the Real.”  Panel on “Modernism's Fourth Dimensions,” Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University. 2000.
  • “From the Aether to the Fourth Dimension: Modernist Energies in D. H. Lawrence.” Program in Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina. 2000.
  • “From the Aether to the Fourth Dimension: Modernist Energies in D. H. Lawrence.” General Lewis Lecture, Department of English, Texas A&M University. 2000.
  • “D. H. Lawrence Encounters Albert Einstein.”  SMU-in-Taos Summer Lecture Series, Ranchos de Taos, NM. 1998.
  • “Dark Star Crashes: Thermodynamic Scientism and the Allegory of Cosmic Catastrophe.” From Energy to Information: Representation in Science, Art and Literature: A Symposium/ Workshop, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 1997.
  • “Scientism in the Modern Cultural Field.”  Center for the Study of Modernism, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas/Austin. 1996.
  • “Modern Art and Science: History, Anachronism, Universality.” Panel on Modernism and Science, College Art Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. 1995.

Awards

Research

  • TTU Integrated Faculty Scholar, 2012
  • TTU Transdisciplinary Research Academy grant: Symbiosis and the Living Environment, with Dr. Christopher Witmore, 2012
  • Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship, 2011
  • TTU Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences grant: Earth, Life & System: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Environment and Evolution in Honor of Lynn Margulis
  • Fellowship, International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany, 2010-11 
  • Funded Invitation, Inaugural Meeting of the Chinese Daoist Salon, Zhengzhou, China, 2010
  • Texas Tech University Arts & Humanities Travel Funding Award: 4th European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2006.
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Fellowship, University of Texas/Austin: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1996 
  • Gloria Lyerla Memorial Research Travel Grant, Texas Tech University: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1995
  • President's Book Award, Texas Tech University, for Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics, 2003
  • American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant for International Meetings: “D. H. Lawrence and the Egoist Group,” 1990
  • Texas State Organized Research Seed Grant: “Modernist Individualism,” 1987
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid: “Dora Marsden and Modern Letters,” 1985
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave (competitive sabbatical): “Systems Cultures,” 2006
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “Bodies of Information,” 2000
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “The Allegory of Thermodynamics,” 1995
  • Texas Tech University Faculty Development Leave: “Modernist Individualism,” 1990