Special Topics in Media History: Documents, Documentary, Data, Database
This is a doctoral level seminar aimed at exploring the nexus of fact & format. More particularly, the course will consider the ways that the modern category “information” has emerged in relation to different media & different genres. What are the social, material, institutional, & semantic conditions that have worked to align communication with truth or authenticity? What routes can be discerned between a history of media & a history of objectivity? Significant attention will be paid to the elaboration of key terms & concepts as well as to different disciplinary & interdisciplinary resources that shape such an inquiry.
- Old Course Number: E57.3031