Posted on October 19, 2015 by


Media History Research Centre presents Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 

A roundtable discussion in response to the publication of “Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67,” edited by Monika Kin Gagnon and Janine Marchessault.

Scott MacKenzie from Queen’s University and Inderbir Singh Riar from Carleton University will join Concordia University’s Monika Kin Gagnon, Haidee Wasson, as well as moderator, Jeremy Stolow.


Join us!
Wednesday, October 28
4:30 to 6:00 PM
RF 110,
Jesuit Conference Centre,
Loyola Campus,
Concordia University,
7141 rue Sherbrooke O.

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

Posted on October 2, 2015 by



On Friday, October 9, Concordia University will welcome Johanna Drucker to lead a “skeptical” talk on the foundation, development and future of the Digital Humanities field.

After two decades of growing investment in tools, platforms, projects, pedagogy, and promotional campaigns, the challenge to Digital Humanities as a field is whether or not any of this activity has had an intellectual impact on any specific field or discipline.

Johanna Drucker will take us through the methodological foundations of Digital Humanities, its development, and accomplishments, but will also pose a series of questions about what the future should or might look like, and whether there is an intellectual future for this field.

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She was the co-founder of the Speculative Computing Lab, with Jerome McGann, at the University of Virginia, and has published widely on topics related to digitalscholarship, pedagogy, and criticism, including SpecLab (Chicago, 2008) the jointly authored Digital_Humanities, with Anne Burdick. Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, (MIT, 2013). Her introductory coursebook, DH_101 Introduction to Digital Humanities, is freely available online.

Event Details:

Friday, October 9 | 3:30 PM
CJ 1.114 Communication and Journalism Building
Loyola Campus, Concordia University
7141 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal

Posted on May 30, 2015 by

All the Poets in Town: A Montreal Poetry Recording Party

SpokenWeb, alongside the Media History Research Centre, AMPLab, the Department of English, and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is pleased to invite you to the final event of the SpokenWeb project, “All the Poets in Town: A Montreal Poetry Recording Party.”

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 – 8 PM
De Sève Cinema, Concordia University
McConnell Library Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West


Posted on May 30, 2015 by

Performing the Literary Archive on Air: A Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

SpokenWeb, alongside the Media History Research Centre, AMPLab, the Department of English, and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is pleased to present “Performing the Literary Archive on Air: A Conversation with Eleanor Wachtel” with Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod.

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 – 3:30-5:30 PM
De Sève Cinema, Concordia University
McConnell Library Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West


Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Irene Lusztig: The Motherhood Archives

The Media History Research Centre and the Feminist Media Studio, in conjunction with Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, are pleased to bring you a special talk by Irene Lusztig on her archival compilation film The Motherhood Archives, including a screening of a portion of the film.

Assembling an extraordinary archive of over 100 educational, industrial, and medical training films (including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth films) The Motherhood Archives (2013) inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. From the first use of anesthetic ether in the 19th century to the postmodern 21st century hospital birthing suite, The Motherhood Archives charts a fascinating course through the cultural history of pain, the history of obstetric anesthesia, and the little-known international history of the natural childbirth and Lamaze movements. Revealing a world of intensive training, rehearsal, and performative preparation for the unknown that is ultimately incommensurate with experience, The Motherhood Archives is a meditation on the maternal body as a site of institutional control, ideological surveillance, medical knowledge, and nationalist state intervention.

Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker, media archeologist, and amateur seamstress. Her film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Using hybrid formal strategies and combining visual textures (including digital video, Super 8 and 16mm film, and found / archival materials) her work investigates the production of personal, collective, and national memories. Her work has been screened around the world, including at MoMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, IDFA Amsterdam, and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. She teaches filmmaking at UC Santa Cruz where she is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media.

Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:30 pm

CJ Building, Room 1.114
Concordia University

Co-sponsored by:

Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies
Concordia University Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature
Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal
Media History Research Centre

For more information:

Posted on September 23, 2014 by

Wolfgang Ernst: “Temporalizing the Present and Archiving Presence. The Impact of Time-Critical Media Technologies”

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The Media History Research Centre at Concordia University is delighted to announce a public lecture:

Wolfgang Ernst
“Temporalizing the Present and Archiving Presence. The Impact of Time-Critical Media Technologies”

Friday 26 September, starting at 4:00 PM

Concordia University, MB 2.210

Wolfgang Ernst is Professor of Media Theory at Humboldt University, Berlin, where he also directs the “Medienarchäologischer Fundus,” a major archive and laboratory for research on “old media” artifacts.  One of the key figures of Media Archaeology, Ernst is the author of several books and articles (in German) in media theory and media archaeology. A recent collection of his translated essays is 
Digital Memory and the Archive (Minnesota UP, 2012). 

Sponsors: Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies and the Concordia University Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature.

For further questions, please contact: 



Posted on February 7, 2014 by

University TV

The MHRC is pleased to invite you all to a free special screening and discussion of two experiments in university television.

In 1961, Sir George Williams University produced a short series of half-hour programs, with the local CBC affiliate, to extend university life into the city. We will screen two of these – “The Humanities” and “Role of the University” – and move into a panel discussion on the history of the university‘s relationship to changing media contexts and on the legacy of Concordia’s innovative efforts in media pedagogy.

Hosted by Charles Acland and Christine Mitchell, the panelists include:

Judith Herz (English)
Nancy Marelli (Archivist Emeritus)
William Buxton (Communication Studies)

Friday, March 7
3-5 pm
Sir George Williams Campus
Concordia University

Support for this event comes from the CURC in Communication Studies, CURC in Media and Contemporary Literature, and SpokenWeb.

Hope to see you all there.

[UPDATE: A video of the discussion and intro portions of the event are available here, with apologies for lighting and sound quality.]

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Posted on January 17, 2014 by

What Was Media Archaeology?

Media archaeology: what is it, and why do we keep hearing about it?

Is media archaeology an innovative approach to media history or a re-packaging of standard historical methods? Join us for this provocative panel discussion and find out.

This event consists of two panels of scholars commenting on the merits and status of Media Archaeology.

Featured commentators include:

Bill Buxton (Communication Studies, Concordia)
Elena Razlogova (History, Concordia)
Haidee Wasson (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia)
Sandra Gabriele (Communication Studies, Concordia)
Jason Camlot (English, Concordia)
Jeremy Stolow (Communication Studies, Concordia)
Darren Wershler (English, Concordia)

AND, by special arrangement,

The disembodied voice of Jonathan Sterne (Art History and Communication Studies, McGill)

Tuesday, February 11
2:00 – 5:00 pm

AD Building room 308
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Loyola Campus
Concordia University

This event is free. Come and join the debate!

Sponsored by the CURC Communication Studies and CURC Media and Contemporary Literature.
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