Colloquium: Brian Larkin, "Techniques of Inattention..."
OCT 25, 2013 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
October 25, 2013: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
Brian Larkin, Department of Anthropology
TECHNIQUES OF INATTENTION. RELIGION AND THE MEDIALITY OF LOUDSPEAKERS IN NIGERIA.
For scholars of religion, attention is a religious act, a form of self-cultivation enjoined by traditions of religious discipline. For media theorists, attention is the aftereffect of technologies, it refers to the way machine ensembles operate upon the body. This paper draws on the use of loudspeakers in Nigeria, particularly their implication in religious violence, to examine the mutual imbrication of religion and media. It then goes on to argue that this admixture is central to producing an ambient experience of urban life for Northern Nigerians.