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Workshop: Media, Materiality and the Performance of History

24. September 2018 - 25. September 2018

Date: September 24th from lunch onwards till the 25th until midday
Organisers: Prof. William Uricchio (Comparative Media Studies MIT), Asher Boersma (coordination)
Participants: 10-15 Phd candidates and early career academics

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.

To look beyond the historiographic status quo as a way of putting new questions to the past and expanding the territory of the ‘sayable’.

Please sent a short description of your project to boersma [at]

It is important to note that the workshop follows an Anglo-American format. So workshop really means getting to work with our sources. Invited to apply are those who are doing historical research and want to explore their sources together with others.


24. September 2018
25. September 2018