Vol. 12, No. 1
News of the Field:
|What Can “Old Technologies” Teach Us About Digital Culture?|
"The Usable Past: Historical Perspectives on Digital Culture” 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. This interdisciplinary research seminar will be held June 12-29, 2000, at the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Iowa City, Iowa. The director is Lauren Rabinovitz, Professor, American Studies and Film Studies.
A distinctive focus on four interrelated fields of knowledge will provide important touchstones: (1) audiovisual cultures’ challenges or resistance to print, (2) cultures and politics of new information technologies, (3) perception and human experience, (4) 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.
There will be ten fellows selected, who will receive $2,700 stipends, plus $500 for travel/housing expenses for visitors. Services will include offices, personal computers, internet access, library service, technical support, copying, meeting rooms. For full information and application requirements, see http://www.uiowa.edu:8080/~obermann/summer2000.html..
All applications must contain three collated paper copies of the following: 1) application cover sheet (see website) and one-paragraph project abstract; 2) letter (maximum 2 pages) which explains how your proposed seminar project relates to your on-going work and will be enhanced by the interdisciplinary seminar; 3) draft of the essay you would present in the seminar (maximum 35 pages) or a detailed prospectus of the essay or project you would prepare for the seminar; 4) curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages). Also send one copy of a completed project: a published journal article, book chapter, slides, video, CD-ROM, as appropriate. Applications are due at the Obermann Center by Wednesday, January 26, 2000.