Author: Elise Cotter

Posted on March 17, 2017 by

Darren Wershler returns with the ENGL 603: Media Archeology. The 5-day (Tuesday 23 May – Saturday 27 May), 3 credit spring course attempts to answer “What is media archaeology?” As Jussi Parikka describes, it is a subfield of media history that scrutinizes contemporary media culture through investigations of past media technologies and creative media practices. Media Read More

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

Dr. Philip Mirowski will be running a seminar inspired by his new book All the Knowledge We Have Lost Due to Information. The book examines the role of information in modern economics and how it influences policy and politics. We will be reading “Information in Economics: A Fictionalist Account.” The article proposes that certain classes of economic models best be understood as “fictions.” The Read More

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

February 16, 5:30 PM  Milieux Institute, EV Building, Room 11.705 1515 St-Catherine ST. W., Concordia University Openness was supposed to save science. Heralded as modern science’s saving grace, the “open science” movement had its debut among the scientific and general community in the last 15 years, reputedly to render the field more accessible and democratic. In this talk, historian Read More

Posted on January 5, 2017 by

Introducing The Residual Media Depot

“This is not a media archaeology lab. This is not an archive. This is a research collection.” Wershler introduces the  Residual Media Depot in Milieux Institute‘s Pause Button zine. The Media History Research Centre director recently launched the research collection, primarily composed of early video game consoles. Naming the collection proved more difficult than anticipated. In Read More

Posted on December 15, 2016 by

What makes a space a milieu?

What makes a space a milieu? How are they formed and what do they promise to create? MHRC Coordinator Elise Cotter is featured in Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University’s Pause Button. The online zine hopes to disseminate the research, ideas, prototypes and discoveries that come in and out of Milieux to Read More

Posted on August 16, 2016 by


Upcoming JOHN DURHAM PETERS event with the Media History Research Centre. John Lilly, who made dolphins famous as cosmic minds in the water, was obsessed with their bioacoustic practices. Sound technologies, especially tape, were the conditio sine qua non of Lilly’s cetacean research. He used tape to decrypt dolphin communications. The taped infrastructure of his Read More

Posted on August 16, 2016 by

Upcoming September 30 Event: Benjamin Peters Talk

The Media History Research Centre presents THE UNEASY HISTORY OF THE SOVIET INTERNET: BEYOND THE BOOK  SPEAKER Benjamin Peters, Assistant Professor of Communication, from University of Tulsa RESPONDENTS Fenwick McKelvey, Communication Studies, and Elena Razlogova, History, from Concordia University WHEN Friday September 30 | 2 to 4 PM WHERE CJ 1.114 | Loyola Campus, 7141 Read More

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

Coms50th Wrap Up Celebration Open House

The Media History Research Centre will be on hand for the COMS50th anniversary wrap up. The weekend celebration is the concluding event of a year-long program that marked the Department of Communication Studies’ 50 years at Concordia University. We’ll be at the Open House! Saturday, April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Department of Communication Studies Open House Drop by for Read More

Posted on November 12, 2015 by

RESCHEDULED The Special Effects Business Is An Oxymoron: An Historical Perspective

Who makes the visual effects for contemporary blockbusters? Employing analyses of industry discourse and global media structures, this talk reveals the historical traces of the smooth corporate rhetoric of “convergence,” “cooperation” and “synergy” that has led to a destabilization in the aesthetic, technology, and labor of these big-budget films. Friday, November 20 | 1 PM Read More

Posted on November 3, 2015 by

MHRC asks, what is a Media Lab?

A conversation with Jussi Parikka, Lori Emerson, and Darren Wershler Where did media labs come from and why do they occupy such an important role in contemporary discourse? What are practices and places in which media theory is produced? In the context of the humanities, why “lab,” and what sorts of claims follow from the use Read More

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