Proposal for #MLA18 — Historical Time Machines: Time-Criticalities of Nineteenth-Century Media

Session Description: While several panels in the past few years at the MLA have focused on the intersections of media archaeology, literature, and the digital humanities; relatively few of these panels have explored the impact of media time on the construction of our histories. Wolfgang Ernst has described media as “time machines.” For him, cultural […]

ACH Executive Council Candidate Platform

 Candidate Statement Given the many controversies surrounding the digital humanities and its relationship with other fields, we need to stop focusing on William Pannapacker’s well-intentioned definition of DH as a “big tent” and start to emphasize the many actual disciplinary and institutional localities where the digital humanities emerges. We need to stop being prescriptive (“who’s […]

Grad Seminar Proposal: Reading and Writing From Page to Screen; or, Thinking and Being from the Humanities to the Posthumanities

Featured Image: Tvrtko Buric, Post human    What difference does it make if we read on ebooks, stone tablets, mass market paperbacks, hyperlinks, code, or illuminated books? Do we change along with our writing tools? This course is an advanced introduction to issues explored in the fields of book history, media studies, and media archaeology. We start […]

Grad Seminar Proposal, Nineteenth-Century Speculative Fiction

Featured Image: Illustration from Samuel Butler’s Erewhon by Ruth Cobb This seminar explores the intersection between the development of science fiction in nineteenth-century British fiction and growing interest in natural and scientific phenomena during the century. We will focus specifically on three of the most important scientific theories of the period: James Hutton and Charles Lyell’s development […]

Review of Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty. Benjamin Bratton. MIT Press, 2016. 528 pgs. $38 ISBN: 978-0-2620-2957-5 There’s a tone of urgency, a comprehensiveness, and a visionary quality to Benjamin Bratton’s The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty that I haven’t read in contemporary media or political theory since Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s publication of Empire in […]

Neoliberalism and Other Realisms

I was glad to see the various responses by my colleagues in the digital humanities to the LARB article. Ted Underwood and Alan Liu both provided nuanced historical and theoretical contexts for the archival and infrastructural work done in the field. Schuyler Esprit and Roopsi Risam, meanwhile, compellingly argued for PoC scholars, alt-ac and NTT labor, […]