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Profile: Tung-Hui Hu

Title: Assistant Professor
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (Rhetoric/Film Studies)  2009
MFA, University of Michigan, 2003

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

history and politics of new media; creative writing (poetry). My study of network culture, A Prehistory of the Cloud, was recently released by the MIT Press; here's a New Yorker review, a Critical Inquiry review, and an interview with Rhizome on it. I'm working on a new book of poems on forests and a scholarly book on lethargy.

Secondary Interests

experimental film and media; critical theory


academic: A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press, 2015); "Work at the Bleeding Edge of Sovereignty", in Former West: Art and the Contemporary after 1989 (forthcoming 2016); "Truckstops on the Information Superhighway: Ant Farm, SRI, and the Cloud", Media-N 10:1 (2014); "Real Time/Zero Time", Discourse 34:2-3 (2013): 163-184.

poetry: Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013); Mine (Ausable Press, 2007); The Book of Motion (University of Georgia Press, 2003).

other: "Sovereignty of Data", for Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (exh. cat., Spector Books, 2016). Essays on craft in The RMP Field Guide to Prose PoetryActs + Encounters, and Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres; reviews in caa.reviews and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.

awards/fellowships: National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, University of Mississippi, Yaddo, MacDowell, Michigan Society of Fellows, BAU/Camargo Foundation.
  • A Prehistory of the Cloud
  • Greenhouses, Lighthouses

Additional Info

I am on leave for the 2016 calendar year. Please note that I am unable to accept new students until I return in January 2017.

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