Oct 10 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 pm


Department of Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature

Wild Blue Media: Encountering the Bookshelf, Underwater


Dr. Melody Jue, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Respondent: Dr. Winnie Yee, MALCS Coordinator, Department of Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, HKU

Moderator: Dr. Alvin K. Wong, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, HKU


Date: MondayOctober 10, 2022

Time: 10:0a(Hong Kong Time)

Venue: On Zoom

All are welcome. Registration is required.

What would media and literary studies look like, underwater? In Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (2020), I show how the ocean can be a science fictional environment for defamiliarizing concepts, offering cold and briny contexts in which to rethink what it means to store and organize information. After outlining how scuba diving can be a valuable method in the humanities and media studies, I present an analysis of an underwater structure nicknamed a “bookshelf reef” near UC Santa Barbara. The bookshelf is normally a terrestrial infrastructure of informatic organization; yet by displacing it underwater, I draw attention to the importance of gravity and buoyancy in defining interactions with the bookshelf as an archival infrastructure.

Melody Jue is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Seawater (Duke University Press, 2020), which won the 2020 Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science book award. She is the co-editor with Rafico Ruiz of Saturation (Duke Press, 2021) and has published articles in journals including Grey RoomConfigurationsWomen’s Studies QuarterlyResilience, and Media+Environment. Her new work explores the mediations of seaweeds in trans-Pacific contexts.

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