The HASTAC Scholars Program invites you to participate in our current HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum, titled "Doing Media History: Archives, Ages, and the Accretion of the Past." The discussion forum is being led by Whitney Trettien, a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and is open now at www.hastac.org. Please come share your thoughts!
Doing Media History: Archives, Ages, and the Accretion of the Past
New media, in the ordered ways by which they gather together historical artifacts and thus endow them with historical weight, are perpetually producing the past in various forms of coherence. -- Will Straw, "Embedded Memories," Residual Media, pg. 14
Whenever Samuel Pepys posts a blog entry or Rick Astley rolls a new young fan, the past asserts its (sometimes unwelcome) presence through media. These cultural residues invite us to re-examine our relationship to history, particularly within a field obsessed with "newness." This forum explores how we do media history, and is open to discussions on (among other topics): media archaeology; media in transition; residual media and the role of nostalgia; theorizing the archive; the "four information ages"; periodicity; and our relationship to other historical studies of the book, film and culture.
The HASTAC Scholars Program recognizes graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in innovative work across the areas of technology, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. This group of select Scholars from institutions across the nation act as the eyes and ears of HASTACís virtual network, bringing the work happening on their campuses and in their region to international attention. The HASTAC Scholars facilitate regular discussion forums on www.hastac.org, sometimes in conjunction with guest presenters, on a wide range of topics related to digital media and learning. Past discussions have focused on "Participatory Learning" (with social networking pioneer Howard Rheingold, led by Joshua McVeigh-Schultz) and "Metaverses and Scholarly Collaboration" (led by Ana Boa-Ventura). Forthcoming discussions will likely include such topics as fair use, digital publishing, online activism, the open source movement, and digital archiving. The HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forums are open to public and we invite your participation!
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