The schedule and readings are subject to change with appropriate notice. Prior to the first class meeting, all scheduled class meetings and readings should be considered provisional.




Week 1
Jan. 12
Course Introduction: Us and (our) things
Complexity theory, or: What can things do?
Waldrop, Complexity
Reading response
1/16 Last day to register, add new courses, make section changes, change pass/fail, and audit
Week 2
Jan. 19
No Class: Martin Luther King’s Birthday Recess
Week 3
Jan. 26
Holland, Hidden Order Reading response
Week 4
Feb. 2
Hawk, A counter-history of composition Reading response
Week 5
Feb. 9
Hutchins, Cognition in the wild  Reading response
Week 6
Feb. 16
Posthumanism, or: How do things change us?
Hayles, How we became posthuman
Reading responseObject lessons part 1
Week 7
Feb. 23
Clark, Natural born cyborgs Reading responseObject lessons part 2
Feb. 27 Mid-semester
Week 8
Mar. 2
Turkle, Alone together Reading responseObject lessons part 3
Week 9
Mar. 9
Braidotti, The Posthuman Reading response
Week 10
Mar. 16
OOO, or: How should we understand things?
Bogost, Alien phenomenology
Reading response
Mar. 20 Last day to drop a class with a “W”
Mar. 21-29 Spring recess
Week 11
Mar. 30
Harman, Tool-being Reading response
Apr. 3 Friday before Easter recess
Week 12
Apr. 6
No class – Proposal meetings Bring 1-page description of project to meeting
Week 13
Apr. 13
Rice, Digital Detroit Reading response
Week 14
Apr. 20
Bryant, “Scattered Remarks on Object-Oriented Rhetoric
Barnett, “Toward an Object-Oriented Rhetoric
Rivers & Söderlund, “Speculative Usability” (I will distribute a pdf)And pick one:

Brown, “RSA: Toward An Object-Oriented Rhetoric
Bogost, “The Rancor of Rhetoricians

Reading response
Week 15
Apr. 27
Course wrap-up, presentations Presentation and Research paper due