Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Backward Glances: A Media and Historiography Conference

Backward Glances

A Media and Historiography Conference
November 11 and 12, 2011
Northwestern University, Louis 119

Given the current emphasis on “new” media in diverse disciplines and fields, can we conceive of doing history as a "backward" practice? The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is twofold. While we explore the attachments and investments that scholars continue to have in historical objects and historiographic projects, we also want to consider media historiography as a deviant act. What are the political possibilities of media historiography's curious and precarious status? Does this approach to the past afford us a politics divorced from logics of reproduction, futurity, and progress?

Presented by The Center for Screen Cultures, Department of Radio/Television/Film, and The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Organizers: Leigh Goldstein, Meenasarani Linde Murugan, and Maureen Ryan.

Special thanks to Lynn Spigel, Nick Davis, Jacqueline Stewart, Mimi White, Jeff Sconce, Andy Owens, Kate Newbold, Kimberly Nguyen, Dave Sagehorn, Chris Russell, and Molly Schneider.

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