Life in Pixels series ft. Matthew Kirschenbaum & Jessica Pressman

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His most recent book is Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021). At Maryland, he co-founded and co-directs BookLab, a makerspace, studio, and community press dedicated to teaching the creative and experimental book arts.

Jessica Pressman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, where she co-founded and co-directs SDSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative (  She studies and teaches 20th and 21st-century experimental literature, digital literature, book history, and media studies. Pressman is the author of Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age (Columbia University Press, 2020), Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (Oxford University Press, 2014), and co-author, with Mark C. Marino and Jeremy Douglass, of Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} (University of Iowa Press, 2015). A full CV is available at

Registration required for this event must take place prior to the virtual book talk.

Life in Pixels hosts an ongoing series of transdisciplinary conversations thinking about how we can make sense of, and live with, our computational social condition today. Considering sociocultural, aesthetic, politicoeconomic, environmental, racial, and historical registers of technology together, the series will bring together people who think and do technology beyond disciplinary boundaries. The events are all designed as an ongoing series of conversations between scholars and practitioners in Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Critical Digital Studies, and Literary Cultural Studies.

Life in Pixels is generously sponsored by the Ruth and Paul Idzik College Chair in Digital Scholarship, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science, the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.