UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN PORTLAND • APRIL 19-21, 2018

The eighth annual “What is…?” conference-experience, What is Universe? (2018), marks the third collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences (physical and life sciences), the social sciences, and the arts. It explores communication, complexity, and association, building upon themes from the past seven events, including: What is Film? (2009), What is Television? (2012), What is Radio? (2013), What is Documentary? (2014), What is Journalism? (2015), and, most recently:

  • What is Media? (2016) elaborated a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications;
  • What is Life? (2017) investigated how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life by examining our lifestyles and lifeworks, emphasizing the lifeworlds we live in;
  • What is Universe? (2018) . . . more information coming soon!