Laura Salisbury’s talk “On Not Being Able to Read: Doomscrolling and Anxiety in Pandemic Times” January 11, 2022, 12:00 PM GMT

This talk analyses the phenomenon of ‘doomscrolling’ – the compulsive reading of anxiety-inducing online content – during the COVID-19 pandemic against the common idea that it is simply an addictive social practice that impedes mental flourishing. Instead, in order to open up its inclination towards care, I read doomscrolling through the anachronistic neologism that has come to define this textual practice. My talk reads the anxious textuality of Don DeLillo’s The Silence and Saidiya Hartman’s reworking of W. E. B. Du Bois’s ‘The Comet’ to demonstrate how doomscrolling emerges from a moment in which trust is anxiously fractured, but how it works, nevertheless, to witness what gets to count within a time felt to be coming to an end.

11th January 2022 

12pm GMT

Zoom Link: https://iitgn-ac-in.zoom.us/j/93379454169

Meeting ID: 933 7945 4169
Passcode: 052495

More details here.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Let's make a connection

Waiting online? Drop us your email address:




We won't share your info; we will keep you posted on all the great work we're doing.