R. John Williams
My academic work so far has focused on international histories of technological/media innovation and the perceived difference of racial and cultural otherness. My book, The Buddha in the Machine: Art, Technology, and The Meeting of East and West (Yale University Press, 2014), examines the role of technological discourse in representations of Asian/American aesthetics in late-nineteenth and twentieth century film and literature. The book won the 2015 Harry Levin Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association. I also just published a new essay in Critical Inquiry titled “World Futures” which forms part 1 of a manuscript I am working on titled The Oracles of World Time.