Posted on March 17, 2017 by

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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.

Posted on January 23, 2017 by

EventbriteDr. 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 article will be circulated in advance.

Thursday, February 16th from 10 AM to 12 PM
EV Building, Room EV-11.705
Sir George William Campus, Concordia University,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible!
Email with any questions.

Visit Eventbrite for more information and to register.

Dr. Philip Mirowski is Carl Koch Chair of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science, and Fellow of the Reilly Center, University of Notre Dame. He is a critical historian of science and technology with an expertise in economics. He’s been particularly influential in tracing the development of post-War economics especially its formulate as a science.

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Posted on January 23, 2017 by

Eventbrite (1)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 and philosopher of economic thought Philip Mirowski deconstructs the emergence of and current craze for “openness.” Starting with the work of some historians of science, he explores the indictments of the older regime of science by its advocates, and then outlines the neoliberal realizations of the program. The proper frame of understanding involves the quest to have the market validate truth, and to Taylorize the scientific process.

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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 his article, Weshler carefully considers terms such as archive and media archaeology lab in his search for the perfect name. What is it?

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 the wider public. As Director, Bart Simon exclaims, it is “a renewal of the idea of the public university and of the desire to be public.”

“Messages, Medium, Milieux” looks at the often forgotten bond between media & geography. The article was inspired by media historian, John Durham Peters’ recent visit to Concordia University as a guest speaker for the Media History Research Centre.

Read the article here:


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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 quest for alternate worlds makes Lilly’s work of vital interest for media history, our understanding of sound, the tape medium, and in the stakes of the quest for otherness.

September 22 | 5:30 PM
Henry F. Hall Building H-763
Sir George William Campus
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve W.

For more information, email

Posted on August 16, 2016 by

Upcoming September 30 Event: Benjamin Peters Talk


The Media History Research Centre presents


 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 Sherbrooke W., Concordia University


For further information, contact

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

Coms50th Wrap Up Celebration Open House

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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 an open house in the Department of Communication Studies’ CJ Building.
Location: CJ Building, 7141 Sherbrooke W.
Cost: Free and open to the public

For details on the other wrap up weekend’s events, including a panel discussion and cocktail reception, visit:

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
CJ 1.114  | Communication & Journalism Building
Loyola Campus, Concordia University,  7141 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Julie Turnock is Assistant Professor of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois. She is the author of Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Art and Technology in 1970s US Filmmaking (Columbia UP) and has published research on the history of special effects and on digital cinema.

Can’t make it? Follow us at @MHRCCONCORDIA and follow the #MHRCTALKS hashtag as we live tweet the event.

Posted on November 3, 2015 by

MHRC asks, what is a Media Lab?

A conversation with Jussi Parikka, Lori Emerson, and Darren Wershler

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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 of this term? What are the “other places” of pedagogy in the era of networked digital media? How are media labs part of the specific institutional situation of the corporate university?
Join Jussi Parikka, Lori Emerson and Darren Wershler for a conversation on these questions, in the context of their new research project, THE LAB BOOK: SITUATED PRACTICES IN MEDIA STUDIES.

Thursday, November 5 | 4:15-6 PM
CJ 1.114 | Communication and Journalism Building
Loyola Campus, Concordia University,
7141 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Can’t make it? Follow us at @mhrcconcordia as we live tweet the event.

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