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4 Apr 2017

Josh Shepperd Digital Dialogue

By | 2017-04-17T10:53:15+00:00 Tue, Apr 4, 2017|Uncategorized|

At a moment when public media is facing the threat of elimination from lawmakers, this presentation examines the organizational contributions made by noncommercial media research to U.S. informational history. Taking an institutional approach, this presentation looks at the infrastructural origins of public media in archival distribution practices after WWII. In 1948 educational broadcasters were

30 Jan 2017

Kishonna Gray Digital Dialogue

By | 2017-02-20T12:05:27+00:00 Mon, Jan 30, 2017|Digital Dialogues, Events|

As racial projects, video games legitimize white masculinity and hegemonic ideology through the ‘othering’ process. This is performed via pixelated minstrelsy by depicting Black and Brown bodies as objects to be destroyed and women as bodies to be dominated. The mediated story of Black characters is limited and situated within buffoonery (comedy) or crime

12 Oct 2016

Gregory Zinman Digital Dialogue

By | 2017-02-05T21:24:51+00:00 Wed, Oct 12, 2016|Uncategorized|

This talk describes the discovery and significance of Etude (1967), a previously unknown work by media artist Nam June Paik identified by the author in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s recently-acquired Paik archive. Composed at Bell Labs, in collaboration with engineers, and written in an early version of FORTRAN, Etude stands as one of the earliest works of digital art—although it

5 Oct 2015

Reading, Rereading, Recovering Electronic Literature

By | 2016-01-21T18:20:02+00:00 Mon, Oct 5, 2015|

Three esteemed scholars as well as fiction writer Bill Bly will joined MITH to celebrate the University of Maryland's acquisition of Bly's literary papers, including his computer diskettes and other born-digital materials.

5 Oct 2015

Future of Electronic Literature Symposium

By | 2017-02-05T21:25:31+00:00 Mon, Oct 5, 2015|

The Electronic Literature Organization's Future of Electronic Literature Symposium at MITH at the University of Maryland, College Park was a May 2007 event that brought e-lit writers, scholars, and an interested public together for an open mouse/open mic, a daylong symposium, and an ELO board meeting.

1 Sep 2015

Elizabeth Losh Digital Dialogue

By | 2017-02-06T10:47:22+00:00 Tue, Sep 1, 2015|Dialogue, Digital Dialogues, Events|

The study of computational media still has far to go when it comes to contradicting the solo white male inventor myths that are often reified in mainstream culture, although recent work in media archaeology that emphasizes the manual labor of participants with the apparatus is changing the narrative about the rise of software culture. It

6 Jul 2015

Digital Poetry: Comparative Textual Performances in Trans-medial Spaces

By | 2015-12-14T22:01:55+00:00 Mon, Jul 6, 2015|

This was a project of Spring 2010 MITH Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow Mirona Magearu. Her dissertation, 'Digital Poetry: Comparative Textual Performances in Trans-medial Spaces,' extends work on notions of space and performance developed by media and poetry theorists. Magearu analyzed how contemporary technologies re-define the writing space of digital poetry making by investigating the configuration and the function of this space in the writing of the digital poem.

4 Jun 2015

‘Mined to Death’ Documentary Film

By | 2015-12-19T01:33:44+00:00 Thu, Jun 4, 2015|

The documentary was a project of 2003-04 MITH Fellow Regina Harrison. It depicts miners in Potosi, Bolivia, who extract silver, zinc, and lead from the mountain in the same precarious conditions as their ancestors did five centuries ago. Tourist agencies and transnational mining companies promise to bring in additional revenue for the miners, but it is apparent that the ‘rich’ mountain is dying.

3 Jun 2015

Just a Click Away From Home: Ecuadorian Migration, Nostalgia, and Technology in Transnational Times

By | 2015-12-19T01:06:46+00:00 Wed, Jun 3, 2015|

Silvia Mejia was a Clara and Robert Vambery Distinguished Graduate Fellow and MITH Graduate Fellow during academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06. Working from within the Comparative Literature program with John Fuegi, and with MITH Director Martha Nell Smith, Mejia focused on three different narrations of migration from Ecuador to the United States, Spain and Italy. The resulting documentary video and its study guide explored how new technologies such as the Internet, satellite communications, email, videoconferences, and cell phones have changed the experience of displacement.