Texas Tech University

Bruce Clarke

Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Literature and Science
Literature/CLGT/Later British

Email: bruce.clarke@ttu.edu

Office: 204

Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo

Bruce Clarke is the Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Literature and Science. His research focuses on systems theory, narrative theory, and Gaia theory. He has been Baruch S. Blumberg/NASA Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress; Senior Fellow at the Center for Literature and the Natural Sciences, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg; and Senior Fellow at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technologies and Media Philosophy, Bauhaus-University Weimar. Clarke directed the Forests program of the TTU Humanities Center in 2020-21. Clarke was on the Curatorial Advisory Board at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe, Germany, for Critical Zones: Observatories for Earthly Politics, directed by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. Since 2019, along with David McConville and Dawn Danby of Spherical, he has co-directed Gaian Systems: Planetary Cognition Lab, a transdisciplinary research project to curate research, host workshops, and develop immersive experiences to deepen understanding of our embeddedness within a living planet. He co-edits the book series Meaning Systems, published by Fordham University Press.

Website: https://www.gaian.systems

Dr. Clarke's professional headshot

Books and Editions

  • Bruce Clarke and Sébastien Dutreuil, eds. Writing Gaia: The Scientific Correspondence of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2022. 
  • Bruce Clarke. Gaian Systems: Lynn Margulis, Neocybernetics, and the End of the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press, 2020. 
  • Bruce Clarke, ed. Posthuman Biopolitics: The Science Fiction of Joan Slonczewski. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 
  • Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman. Cambridge University Press, 2017.  
  • Bruce Clarke, ed. Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet. New York: Fordham University Press, 2015.  
  • Bruce Clarke. Neocybernetics and Narrative. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014. 
  • Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini, eds. Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. London and New York: Routledge, 2010. 
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. Hansen, eds. Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. 
  • Bruce Clarke. Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008. 
  • Bruce Clarke and Linda D. Henderson, eds. From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. 
  • Bruce Clarke. Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001. 
  • Bruce Clarke. Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996. 
  • Bruce Clarke. Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995. 
  • Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock, eds. The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1990. 

Book Chapters and Articles

  • “Anthropocene Desperation in Gaian Context.” Forthcoming in Life in the Posthuman Condition: Critical Responses to the Anthropocene. Eds. Steve Wilmer and AudroneŽukauskaite. Edinburgh University Press.
  • “Intelligence and Embodiment: Cognitive Considerations in Fiasco and Aurora.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 29:3-4 (2022). 
  • “Cracking Open: Ecological Communication in Richard Powers' The Overstory.” In Symbiotic Posthumanist Ecologies in Western Literature, Philosophy and Art: Towards Theory and Practice. Eds. Peggy Karpouzou and Nikoleta Zampaki. Peter Lang, 2022.
  • “Neocybernetic Posthumanism and the AI Imaginary: Artificial Communication in Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora.” Electronic Book Review. December 5, 2021. https://doi.org/10.7273/sztp-gc32. 
  • “Worlding Systems Theory.” In Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory. Ed. Jeffrey di Leo and Christian Moraru. Bloomsbury Academic, 2021. 445-56.
  • “How Can Algorithms Participate in Communication?” open-peer commentary on “Systems Theory and Algorithmic Futures: Interview with Elena Esposito,” Constructivist Foundations 16:3 (July 2021): 366-68.
  • “Cybernetics, Intelligence, and Cosmotechnics: Catherine Malabou's Morphing Intelligence and Yuk Hui's Recursivity and Contingency.” American Book Review (Spring 2021): 12-14.               
  • “Machines, AIs, Cyborgs, Systems.” In After the Human. Ed. Sherryl Vint. Cambridge University Press, 2020. 91-104.       
  • “Lynn Margulis, Autopoietic Gaia, and the Novacene.” Alienocene 7 (June 2020). https://alienocene.com/2020/06/07/lynn-margulis-autopoietic-gaia-and-the-novacene/
  • “Lynn Margulis, Autopoietic Gaia, and the Novacene.” In Schlüsselwerke der Systemtheorie, 3rd edition. Ed. Dirk Baecker. Springer VS, 2020. 269-75.
  •  “Posthuman Narration in the Elysium Cycle.” In Posthuman Biopolitics: The Science Fiction of Joan Slonczewski. Ed. Bruce Clarke. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 17-45.
  • “Finding Cybernetics.”In For the Love of Cybernetics: Personal Narratives by Cyberneticians. Ed. Jocelyn Chapman. Routledge, 2020. 17-28.
  • “Finding Cybernetics.” World Futures 75: 1-2 (2019): 17-28.
  • “Rethinking Gaia: Stengers, Latour, Margulis.” Theory, Culture, and Society 34:4 (2017): 3-26.
  • “Mediating Gaia: Literature, Space, and Cybernetics in the Dissemination of Gaia Discourse.” In Imagining Earth:Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of Our Home Planet. Eds. Solvejg Nitzke and Nicolas Pethes. Transcript, 2017. 61-90.  
  • “Planetary Immunity: Biopolitics, Gaia Theory, the Holobiont, and the Systems Counterculture.” In General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm. Ed. Erich Hörl with James Burton. Bloomsbury, 2017. 193-215.
  • “The Nonhuman.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman. Eds.Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini. Cambridge University Press, 2017. 141-52.
  • Bruce Clarke and Dorothy Chansky. “Audience and Autopoiesis,” an open-peer commentary on Tom Scholte's “Black Box Theatre.” Constructivist Foundations 11:3 (July 2016): 610-12.
  • “The Planetary Imaginary: Gaian Ecologies from Dune to Neuromancer.” In Earth, Life, and System: Evolution and Ecology on a Gaian Planet. Ed. Bruce Clarke. 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. 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. Wilhelm Fink, 2014. 119-41.
  •  “‘The Anthropocene,' or, Gaia Shrugs.” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1:1 (2014): 101-4.
  •  “John Lilly, The Mind of the Dolphin, and Communication Out of Bounds.” Communication +1: vol. 3, article 8 (2014).  http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cpo/vol3/iss1/8
  • “Posthumanism.” In Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 3rd ed. Eds. Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
  •  “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.
  • “‘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. 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. Open Humanities Press, 2012. <http://quod.lib.umich.edu/o/ohp/10803281.0001.001/1:4?rgn=div1;view=fulltext>
  • “Afterword.” In Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions. Ed. John Holmes. Liverpool University Press, 2012. 210-14.
  • “From Information to Cognition: The Systems Counterculture, Heinz von Foerster's Pedagogy, and Second-Order Cybernetics.” Constructivist Foundations 7:3 (2012): 196-207. http://www.univie.ac.at/constructivism/journal/articles/7/3/196.clarke.pdf
  • “Embodied Mediation: Avatar and its Systems.” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 3:1 (2012): 25-42.
  • “Steps to an Ecology of Systems: Whole Earth and Systemic Holism.” In Addressing Modernity: Social Systems Theory and U.S. Cultures. Eds. Hannes Bergthaller and Carsten Schinko. Rodopi, 2011. 259-88.
  • “Heinz von Foerster and Niklas Luhmann: The Cybernetics of Social Systems Theory.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 18:3-4 (2011): 95-99.
  • “Systems Theory.” In Routledge Companion to Literature and Science. Eds. Bruce Clarke with Manuela Rossini. Routledge, 2010. 214-25.
  • “Communication.” InCritical Terms for Media Studies. Eds. W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen. University of Chicago Press, 2010. 131-44.
  • "Information.” In Critical Terms for Media Studies. Eds. W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen. University of Chicago Press, 2010. 157-71.
  • “Neocybernetics of Gaia: The Emergence of Second-Order Gaia Theory.” In Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis. Eds. EileenCrist and H. Bruce Rinker. MIT Press, 2009. 293-314.
  • “Heinz von Foerster's Demons: The Emergence of Second-Order Systems Theory.” In Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Duke University Press, 2009. 34-61.
  • “Interview with Heinz von Foerster.” In Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. Duke University Press, 2009. 26-33.
  • “Aspects of the Daemonic in Primo Levi's The Periodic Table.” In Short Story Criticism. Vol. 122. Ed. Jelena Krstović. Gale Cengage Learning, 2009. 131-39.
  • “Der Selbstreferenzielle Wissenschaftler: Erzählung, Medien und Metamorphose in Cronenbergs Die Fliege.” Trans. Sascha Pöhlmann. In Frosch und Frankenstein. Bilder als Medium der Popularisierung von Wissenschaft. Eds. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. Transcript, 2009. 427-52.
  •  “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah? Joseph Carroll's Literary Darwinism.” Electronic Book Review (2009) <http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread /criticalecologies/antimodern>
  • Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen. “Neocybernetic Emergence: Retuning the Posthuman.” Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16:1-2 (2009): 83-99.
  •  “Suffragism, Imagism, and the ‘Cosmic Poet': Scientism and Spirituality in The Freewoman and The Egoist.” In Little Magazines and Modernism. Eds. Adam McKible and Suzanne Churchill. Ashgate, 2007. 117-31.
  •  “The Self-Referential Scientist: Narrative, Media, and Metamorphosis in Cronenberg's The Fly.” In Science Images and Popular Images of Science. Eds. Peter Weingart and Bernd Huppauf. Routledge, 2007. 301-22.
  • “Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Neocybernetics.” Subject Matters 3:2)-4:1 (2007): 31-48.
  • “Gaia Matters: James Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia andStephan Harding's Animate Earth. Electronic Book Review (2006) <www.electronicbookreview.com /thread/criticalecologies/looped>
  • “Charles Darwin: Conservative Messiah? Joseph Carroll's Literary Darwinism.” Green Letters7 (2006): 36-41.
  •  “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.
  • “Noise in the System: Kinga Araya's Media Art.” Hybris: Kinga Araya. Ed. Sebastian Cichocki. 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. 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. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Linda Dalrymple Henderson. Stanford University Press, 2002. 59-75.
  • “From Thermodynamics to Virtuality.” In From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature. Eds. Clarke and Henderson. Stanford University Press, 2002. 17-33.
  •  “Mediating The Fly: Posthuman Metamorphosis in the 1950s.” Configurations 10:1 (2002): 169-91.
  •  “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 (2009) <http://www.altx.com/ebr/reviews/rev10/r10cla.htm>.
  • “Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Lawrencean Aether.” Paunch 69-70 (1999): 123-35.
  •  “A Different Sun: The Allegory of Thermodynamics in D. H. Lawrence.” In Myth and the Making of Modernity. Eds. Michael Bell and Peter Poellner. Rodopi, 1998. 81-98.
  •  “A Scientific Romance: Thermodynamics and the Fourth Dimension in Charles Howard Hinton's ‘The Persian King.'” Weber Studies 14:1 (1997): 62-74. <http://altx.com/ebr/w(ebr)/essays/clarke.html>
  •  “Allegories of Victorian Thermodynamics.” Configurations 4:1 (1996): 67-90.
  •  “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. University of Georgia Press, 1993. 169-85.
  •  “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): 12-43.
  • “The Melancholy Serpent: Body and Landscape in Lawrence and William Carlos Williams.” In D. H. Lawrence's Literary Inheritors. Eds. Keith Cushman and Dennis Jackson. St. Martin's Press, 1991. 188-210.
  • “Keatsian Turns: Diagraming Metaphor and Empathy.” In Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry. Eds. Walter H. Evert and Jack W. Rhodes. MLA, 1991. 59-63.
  •  “Resistance in Theory and the Physics of the Text.” New Orleans Review 18:1 (1991): 86-93.
  •  “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. Eds. Bruce Clarke and Wendell Aycock. TTU Press, 1990.  207-17.
  •  “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): 555-79.
  • “The Apolline Complex in Contemporary Tabloid Journalism.” Studies in Popular Culture 7: 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.

 

Invited Presentations

  • “Cybernetics and the Gaia Hypothesis.” American Society for Cybernetics Speakers Series. January 2022. Viewable here.
  • “Lynn Margulis: Symbiotic Origins.” Symbiosis, Reciprocity, and Indigenous Epistemologies Workshop, Center for Art, Science, and Technology, MIT, Cambridge, MA. October 2021. 
  • “Lynn Margulis: Life as Symbiosis.” Advanced Master course on the Posthuman and New Materialism, led by Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht Summer School 2021.     
  • “Francisco Varela in the Systems Counterculture.” American Society for Cybernetics Speakers Series. March 2021. 
  • “Lynn Margulis: Life, Symbiosis, and Gaia.” Critical Zones: Observatories for Earthly Politics. Center for Art and Media (ZKM) Karlsruhe, Germany. July 2020. 
  • “Lynn Margulis: Life and Symbiosis.” The End of You. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. February 2020. 
  • “Astrobiological Gaia from Exobiology to the Novacene.” Astrobiological Gaia, John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. August 2019. 
  • “Gaian Systems.” Making Media Matter, PRAXIS program, University of Denver. June 2019. 
  • “The Astrobiology of Habitability.” Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2019, Bellevue, WA. June 2019. 
  • Director, “Earthrise Day: Celebrating the Photograph That Changed (How We View) the World.” John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. April 2019. 
  • “The New Earth and Its Universe.” Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau, Macau. March 2019. 
  • “Life in Space: Astrobiology and the Anthropocene in Neuromancer and Aurora.” Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. March 2019. 
  • “Gaian Thought and Planetary Cognition.” Perceiving Gaian Systems, Taohaus, San Francisco, CA. February 2019. 
  • “How I Found Gaia: Systems Theory and the Development of Gaia Discourse.” University Seminar on Reflexive Systems, George Washington University, Washington, DC. March 2019. 
  • “Humanizing the Technosphere.” The Future of Humane Technology, ASU Barrett and O'Connor Washington Center, Washington, DC. February 2019. 
  • “The New Earth and Its Universe.” What is Universe? Conference-Experience. School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon in Portland. May 2018. 
  • “Bruno Latour's Gaia Theory.” STS Program, University of California at Davis. March 2018. 
  • “Adventures in the Systems Counterculture: From the Whole Earth Network to Autopoietic Gaia.” STS Program, University of California at Davis. March 2018. 
  • “Gaia's Boundaries.” Session on “Planetary Logics in Contemporary Performance.” Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. March 2017. 
  • “Systems Differentiations, Posthumanist Embodiments, and the Avatar Body.” 28th annual Graduate Student Conference, German Department, Yale University, New Haven, CN. May 2017. 
  • “The Problem with Intelligence: Cybernetics, Science Fiction, and the AI Imaginary.” 49th Annual Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Symposium, Lubbock, TX. April 2017. 
  •  “Narrating Intellectual Microbes.” Narrative, Cognition & Science Lab at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. June 2016.  
  • “The Problem with Intelligence: The Disunity of the Sciences in Stanislaw Lem'sFiasco.”Narrating Sciencelecture series. ELINAS: Center for Literature and Natural Science, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, June 2015. 
  • “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, June 2015.  
  • “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, March 2015. 
  • “The AI Constellation: Cybernetics, Science Fiction, and Communication.” Mike Ryan Lecture Series, Philosophy Student Association, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, Fall 2014. 
  • “Systemic Reentry and Narrative Form.” Plenary address for the 2014Rice 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, May 2014. 
  • "Planetary Immunity.” Workshop onImagining Earth: Concepts of Wholeness in Cultural Constructions of “Our Home Planet.” Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, May 2014. 
  • Cybercosmopoetics.” Workshop on Cosmopoetics. Deutsches Haus, New York University, March 2014. 
  • NASA Workshop on Understanding Literature and Art Cultures for Transformative Research. Center for Science and the Imagination. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, January 2014. 
  • “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, June 2013. 
  • “The Ecology ofNeuromancer.” Scott-Hawkins lecture series, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Fall 2012. 
  • “Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature.” Plenary address for the Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Fall 2012. 
  • Workshop on “Fiction Meets Science: The World of Science under the Literary Microscope.” University of Bremen, Germany, June 2012. 
  • “Approaching Telepathy: Facticity, Critique, Narrative, and the Closure of Communication.” School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland, June 2012. 
  • “Lynn Margulis and Autopoietic Gaia.” Lynn Margulis: Celebrating a Life in Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, March 2012. 
  • “Mediations of Gaia.” Cosmology and Cosmopolitanism in Media and Culture, University of Cologne, Germany, November 2011. 
  • “The Self-Organizing Classroom: Foerster's BCL Pedagogy 1968-1974.” Heinz von Foerster Congress, Vienna, Austria, November 2011. 
  • Clarke, B., Journee Posthumanisme, Centre d'Etudes Féminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université
  • “Gaia Theory and Neocybernetic Posthumanism.” Centre d'EtudesFéminines et d'Etudes de Genre, Université Paris 8, March 2011 
  • “Information, Cognition, and Narration.” Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition, Université Paris 8, March 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

  • Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, 2019 
  • TTU Faculty Development Leave (competitive sabbatical): “Partial Earth.” 2017  
  • President's Book Award, TTU, for Neocybernetics and Narrative, 2016 
  • Erlangen Center for Literature and Natural Science Nomination, Bielefeld Science Award, 2016 
  • Senior Fellowship, Erlangen Center for Literature and Natural Science, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, 2015 
  • Co-PI, Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities grant, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Institute, SUNY Global, New York, NY. 2011-13 
  • 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