Doctoral Seminar ‘Virtual Media’ w/ guest speaker David ZweigMay 30th, 2012 | Posted by in Events
Time: July 5th, 2012 – 5-7 pm
Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Building C – fifth floor, Room 5C402 (“Professorenzaal”)
Entrance: free – registration is mandatory
David Zweig – ‘Fiction Depersonalization Syndrome: How (Over)exposure to Media Affects Self-Perception’
David Zweig is a writer, lecturer and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. He lectures about the intersection of media, technology and psychology at numerous universities and academic conferences around the world. As a freelance journalist, his pieces appear in a variety of publications, including, most recently, The Atlantic. In his debut novel, Swimming in the Sun (2009), he laid the foundation for a theory about the effects of media entitled ‘Fiction Depersonalization Syndrome.’
Fiction Depersonalization Syndrome (FDS) explains how living in our highly mediated environment affects our self-awareness. Depersonalization is a dissociative condition where one literally views oneself from afar, as if in a movie or in a dream. FDS argues that living in our ‘observational reality’ today is leading to an increase in prevalence and intensity of depersonalization, and more generally, a collective increase in self-consciousness.
In this one-time session of the research seminar ‘Virtual Media,’ David Zweig will present for 45 minutes, followed by an extensive discussion.
Organization: Prof. Dr. K. Verstrynge & Prof. Dr. J. Bauwens, in collaboration with Dr. Y. Van Den Eede. Hosted by the VUB Research Center ETHU (www.ethu.be).