Playback: Genealogies of Interactivity

October 9-11, 2019, Concordia University

Use, re-use, engagement, creation, distraction, immersion, seduction, play, critique—media and culture consist of practices that shape experience, meaning, and communities. The basic dynamism of media present and past, though, is not always accommodated in our critical, theoretical, and scholarly approaches. We need critical explorations that recognize and assess media and their full cultural complexities in history and across contexts. This includes examinations of both minor and major media forms and formats, and their specific iterations and uses as content, event, institution and apparatus.

This symposium brings scholars from Concordia University together with students and faculty from the Institute for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) to explore the complexities of our media and cultural histories.

Symposium Hosts:

Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts and ScienceFilm Studies, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Faculty of Fine Arts

In association with the Media History Research Centre, Concordia University and Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film,” Goethe University

For more information on the symposium, presenters, and schedule, please visit our event page at:

Jeremy Shtern | Social Media and Promotional Culture


Jeremy Shtern | Social Media and Promotional Culture

Questions about the democratic impact of social media political advertising have recently burst their way onto policy agendas and into public consciousness. But if politics can be manipulated by targeted social media content, what are the implications for our daily lives as consumers and citizens when brands and advertisers use the affordances of social media to influence our thinking and choices? Based on 4+ years of research into social media advertising, Jeremy Shtern (Ryerson University) discusses the internet governance implications linked to the emergence of data-driven social media advertising, and makes the case for internet governance discussions to start paying more attention to the fact that advertising — historically a crucial policy agenda for governing electronic communication — is fundamentally shaping user experiences online and sponsoring the architecture of most public internet communication.

November 23 | 12PM Noon
CJ 1.114 Loyola Campus
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street  

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.

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