Hosted by Prof. Brigitte Georgi-Findlay of the Institute of North American Studies, this event opened the semester’s series of colloquium talks with a room full of students and faculty curious to hear about machine cuteness. Co-editor and contributor Julia Leyda‘s talk constitutes an early foray into this topic, and drew on her collaborative work with Anthony P. McIntyre to begin the work of theorizing the connections between cuteness and robots in contemporary popular culture. The presentation was a welcome opportunity to test some of the ideas that will inform her chapter in the Routledge anthology and also a joint book project on machine cuteness with Anthony in the future. The discussion was enthusiastic, including productive and provocative questions about race, disability, and exploring possible connections to literary studies, adaptation studies, and seriality studies.
The guest lecture was funded by the TU Dresden’s Institute of North American Studies as part of its weekly research Colloquium, upon the kind invitation of Prof. Georgi-Findlay.