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Workshop: Media, Materiality and the Performance of History

Mai 24 - Mai 25

Date: 24th and 25th of May 2018
Place: Locating Media, Siegen (Herrengarten 3, 217/18)
Organisers: prof. William Uricchio (Comparative Media Studies MIT, lead), Asher Boersma (Locating Media Universität Siegen, coordination)

Media and mediality; matter and materiality; performance and performativity … these paired terms and the ambivalent meanings they invoke (at least in English) undergird the project of doing history. The workshop will explore these terms and the spaces within each couplet from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It will encourage an experimental and innovative approach to historical research that includes grounded speculation. And it will reflect on the implications of sources and interpretive strategies for the kinds of historical utterances we are able to make. As both traditional and media historiography shift to include the digital, we have an opportunity to step back, reflect upon, and engage in a broader interrogation of sources, methods, and strategies in media history.
The goal of the workshop is to look beyond the historiographic status quo as a way of putting new questions to the past and expanding the territory of the ‘sayable’.


Mai 24
Mai 25