Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Project start!

This is the blog for my new research project on Media Archaeology -- and the Cartographical Mapping of some new trends in media studies and history. It supports the research project that investigates media archaeology as media studies method and theory, and maps both its trends and emerging directions. Polity Press have just confirmed that they will offer a contract for the book that is coming out of the project -- book hopefully finished in August 2011. Excited to be doing this for Polity and fingers crossed; submitting an application to the AHRC for an early career fellowship where this book would be the key output.

The project and the book support the work we did already with Erkki Huhtamo -- an edited volume on media archaeology and its new directions. That book is coming out from University of California Press hopefully in 2011, and was an exciting even if a long project. Working with Erkki was wonderful in terms of his huge experience of the field and media history, but also because of our diverging but hopefully complementing ideas of media archaeological research.

The proposed project (and this blog which will be used for updates on progress, ideas, interim results, as well as wider discussions of what is going on in terms of media archaeology and related approaches) addresses how to develop media archaeology as an exemplary "21st century arts and humanities theory and method" that tackles key themes in software cultures, creative practice, digital archives and lends innovatively from feminist theory, critical methodologies and such emerging trends in media theory as new materialist cultural analysis.

Well, the gets into full swing only next year, so this blog will also kick-off more forcefully then. But stay tuned. Its all about dead media, obsolescence, losers of media history and other freaks in media theory!

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