The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Fellowships for the Summer 2000 Research Seminar
The Usable Past: Historical Perspectives on Digital Culture - June 12-29, 2000
This interdisciplinary research seminar will address issues of digital culture by examining histories of the social integration of previous new technologies and linking them to present conditions. Precedents for our own digital concerns might be found in technologies as recent as 30 or 100 years ago or as distant as the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment, the invention of movable type and the Renaissance, or the invention of paper and Classical Antiquity.
A distinctive focus on four inter-related fields of knowledge will provide important touchstones:
audio-visual cultures’ challenges or resistance to print
cultures and politics of new information technologies
perception and human experience
the metaphysics of appearances and artifice. By focusing on historical models, each seminar participant will be able to contribute reflections on technology, ideology, and culture — past and present.
Scholars from all fields are invited to apply.
Director: Lauren Rabinovitz, Professor, American Studies and Film Studies.
10 Fellowships - $2,700 stipends + $500 for travel.
Deadline: January 26, 2000, including CV and a paper or prospectus. Notification by late February.
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