Ivanchikova Sentiments & Declarations Speaker – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Ivanchikova Sentiments & Declarations Speaker

The spring semester presentation of the Sentiments & Declarations Series will conclude on Thursday, April 23, with the discussion, “Machinic Intimacies and Mechanical Brides: Love in the Era of New Media,” by Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Alla Ivanchikova.

Ivanchikova’s talk tackles what makes one fall in love with a machine. The lecture will explore interfaces of humanity and technology, including the nature of technosexuality and technofetishism, in an attempt to answer some unanswered questions: Is technology ruinous of intimacy or is intimacy always already mechanical, as Sigmund Freud suggested? Is technology evil or benign? Should technology be viewed as a useful enhancement of the human body or as a harmful parasite? The talk draws upon examples from a recent Spike Jonze film, “Her” (2013), exemplifying the collective fascination with human-machine relationships.

The Sentiments & Declarations lectures are open to the public, and held from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Guntzel Theatre at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.

For transportation, please contact Tina Smaldone at smaldone@hws.edu or (315) 781-3347 before 2 p.m. on the day of the lecture.

Born and raised in Moscow, she received her M.A. from Central European University in Budapest, an M.A. and Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo, and taught at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, before joining the HWS English Department.

The Sentiments & Declarations Series is cosponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the HWS Offices of the President, Provost and Dean of Faculty, and Vice President of Student Affairs. The lecture series was established last year by Professor of Women’s Studies Betty Bayer, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies Jessica Hayes-Conroy, and Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies Michelle Martin-Baron.

The series follows in the tradition of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s landmark treatise on Women’s civil liberties, “The Declaration of Sentiments.” Martin-Baron says last year’s event provided a “platform for engaging scholarship beyond the classroom and opened up exciting debates.”

“We’re building on the legacy of feminist debate and discussion that shifted national conversations about gender and equity back in 1848, which is both an honor and a privilege,” says Martin-Baron.