Posted on April 18, 2018 by

The Other 1960s | Charles Acland, Rick Prelinger & Haidee Wasson

Open University home experiment kit box, ca. 1980 (Credit © CCA) The Other 1960s | Charles Acland, Rick Prelinger & Haidee Wasson The 1960s is generally understood to be a period of tumultuous social and cultural change, and there are numerous histories and documents that recount the upheaval. As with any accepted historical narrative, alternative versions Read More

Posted on March 19, 2018 by

Katharina Niemeyer | From the live-event to history

Katharina Niemeyer | From the live-event to history: the fall of the Berlin Wall, television news and (n)ostalgia Drawing upon a reflection on different types of historical narratives and memory layers that are shaped and created by television news, Katharina Niemeyer will discuss the transition from the live-broadcast event of the fall of the Berlin Read More

Posted on March 19, 2018 by

Dominique Trudel & Juliette De Maeyer | From Franklin Ford to @franklinfordbot

Dominique Trudel & Juliette De Maeyer  | From Franklin Ford to @franklinfordbot: The movement of intelligence in media history An intriguing figure in the history of American journalism, Franklin Ford (1849-1918) was a journalist, a media theorist and an entrepreneur who devised grand plans about the future of journalism and the impact of communication technologies Read More

Posted on February 27, 2018 by

Stephen Monteiro  | The Fabric of Interface

Stephen Monteiro  | The Fabric of Interface How may a handheld screen function like a loom, visual data function like swatches of fabric, or tactile interfaces function like needlework? What can such affinities tell us about digital media’s relationship to labor, industry, and gender? Presenting from his new book, Stephen Monteiro (Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia) examines Read More

Posted on January 26, 2018 by

California Typewriter

CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and Milieux’s own Darren Wershler. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to Read More

Posted on January 16, 2018 by

Joan Donovan | Phreaking Democracy

Joan Donovan | Phreaking Democracy Joan Donovan (UCLA) will illustrate how protesters use new and old communication technologies to organize for social change, highlighting the role of the telephone. This talk explores the history of phone phreaking to draw out comparisons to today’s activist use of voice-to-voice communication in the struggle for democracy. Monday, January 22 Read More

Posted on November 2, 2017 by

Guins & Lowood at the MHRC [LOCATION UPDATE]

Raiford Guins | Atari Modern: Towards a Design History of Atari’s Coin-Ops Henry Lowood | Replay: Games, Performance, Preservation Raiford Guins (Indiana University) and Henry Lowood (Stanford University) will be presenting their recent work on the history and culture of video games. This talk is presented by the Residual Media Depot, a project of the Media History Research Read More

Posted on October 10, 2017 by

Fall 2017 Upcoming Events

We have an exciting roster of events upcoming at the MHRC! Mark your calendars for our autumn speaker series: Jennifer Holt | Cloud Policy: Anatomy of a Regulatory Crisis  Jennifer Holt will examine the legal and cultural crises surrounding the regulation of data in ‘the cloud’. The challenges of distributing and protecting data in a policy landscape Read More

Posted on October 10, 2017 by


Poleconomy night is the first in an upcoming game night series hosted by the MHRC. Play through a game that reflects the way government, finance and industry collide when private enterprise operates under parliamentary democracy. Tycoons and politicians face face inflation, taxation and commercial disaster in a bid for political and financial power. Renowned in Canada Read More

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

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