Mark Seltzer is currently Evan Frankel Professor of Literature at UCLA. He has
previously worked at Cornell, at Stanford, and at the Free University and the Humboldt
University in Berlin. He is the author, most recently, of Bodies and Machines; Serial Killers: Death and Life in America's Wound Culture; True Crime: Observations on Violence
and Modernity; and, forthcoming, The Official World.
Abstract of the lecture:
A modern world is a self-reporting world. If, prior to the nineteenth century, society could not describe itself, now it cannot stop describing itself: "In the Eolithic age there were no seminars on whether to invent the Paleolithic." This lecture on our "official
world" focuses on its three primal scenes: the scene of the crime, the space of the game, and the form of the work of art.