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 await to be told. This is especially the case when considering art and media of the 1960s, with Pop Art, media installations, and popular television occupying central and conventional places. Inspired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) exhibition The University is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, this panel will explore media ephemera and the newly applied ideas about mass education for a new information society that arose in the 1960s. These everyday and functionalist uses of media shaped the modern world and continue to influence the digital era.

Charles Acland is a professor and acting chair in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and outsider librarian. In 1982, he founded Prelinger Archives, a collection of industrial, advertising, educational and amateur films that was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002. Haidee Wasson is a professor of film studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University.

Moderated by Lev Bratishenko, CCA Curator, Public, and presented in collaboration with the MHRC and the Centre Canadien d’Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)

May 3 | 6:30 PM
Paul Desmarais Theatre
1920 Baile St Montréal Québec

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 Wall, to televisual forms of commemoration and forgetting, and continue through to expressions of ostalgia (the nostalgia of the East) in media cultures and in current online communities. This talk will focus on theoretical concepts and reflections developed by historians, philosophers and media scholars on time, media events, memory and history and puts them in relation to the media-temporality shifts of the last thirty years.

April 9 | 4:30 – 6 PM
Milieux Institute EV 11.705
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine St. W 

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 on society. This talk outlines the contribution of Ford to the history of media and communication research, and particularly explores how the remediation of a Twitter bot is a useful instrument to revisit Ford’s legacy.

March 28 | 4:30 – 6 PM
Milieux Institute EV 11.425
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine St. W 

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 how contemporary personal media forms and practices have been shaped by the larger histories of manufacturing, visual narrative, and social inequality.

March 6 | 4- 6 PM
Milieux Institute EV 11.705
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine St. W 

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 keeping the aging machines clicking.

In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?

FREE ADMISSION
Screening to be followed with a Q&A with director Doug Nichol.

Friday, February 2 | 4 PM
J. A. de Sève Cinema
Webster Library Building, main floor
1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 1M8
Concordia University

https://californiatypewritermovie.com/

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 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM
CJ 5.301 Loyola Campus
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street  

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 Centre cluster of the Milieux Institute at Concordia University.

November 10 | 3 – 5:30 PM
VA 323 – Visual Arts Building
1395 Boulevard René-Lévesque O,
SGW Campus, Concordia University

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 that is simultaneously local, national and global has created a set of problems that defy legal paradigms, national boundaries and traditional geographies of control. Jennifer will examine these challenges with emphasis on a history of obscene phone calls, wiretapping of organized crime, the Patriot Act, Facebook and battles over net neutrality.

October 30 | 5 PM
GEM Lab, FB 630.15
Sir George William Campus
Concordia University
1250 Guy St.  


Benjamin Loveluck | The Internet as Ideology and Practice: A Genealogical Perspective

Examining the conceptual and practical affinities between liberalism and the idea of “free flow of information” on the Internet. Benjamin Loveluck presents a framework for understanding the political dimensions of the Internet, as well as shedding light on the transformations of contemporary liberalism, and showing how the two issues are closely related.

November 1 | 4 PM
CJ 5.219 Loyola Campus
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street  


Robyn Maynard | Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present 

Laying bare the violent realities behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black life in Canada. Through an unapologetically intersectional, feminist and abolitionist lens, this talk looks at how slavery’s legacy has been carried forward by the state, exposing the social and historical forces behind carding/street checks, the war on drugs, the school-to-prison pipeline, welfare “fraud” and child welfare enforcement, deportation, and the disproportionate incarceration of Black folks in Canada’s jails, prisons, and immigration detention centres.

November 9 | 4:30 PM
Milieux Institute EV 11.705
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine St. W 


For more information, email fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca
Follow @MHRCCONCORDIA and #MHRCTALKS.

POLECONOMY at the MHRC

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 for helping the Fraser institute survive a deep recession, Poleconomy is a wacky and stylized gamification of the ways in which our economy and government interact.

October 26 | 7 PM
MLab, Milieux EV 11.455
Sir George William Campus
Concordia University
1515 rue St. Catherine W. 

For more information, email fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca
Follow @MHRCCONCORDIA and #MHRCTALKS.

milieux-events-mediahistory-ENGL 603

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 archaeology takes a special interest in recondite and forgotten apparatuses, practices and inventions. At an historical moment when our own media technologies become obsolete with increasing rapidity, the study of residual forms and practices provides valuable context for analysis, and perhaps the possibility for the emergence of something new.

This course deals with the theory, current practice, and possible trajectories of media archaeology as a discipline. Our object of study will be the research collection of the new Residual Media Depot of the Media History Research Centre at the Milieux Institute. Work will consist of a mix of writing, thinking, talking, and hands-on encounters with materials from the collection, according to student skills and interests.