Course: Dead Media

HC 233H

Professor: Daniel Rosenberg

This course develops foundational techniques in research in the humanities and social sciences through an exploration of the history of media from the invention of writing to virtual reality. 

Employing methods of media archaeology, the course asks what we can learn about general history by studying techniques and technologies of communication and what we can learn about communication history by framing it in a larger cultural, social, political, and intellectual context. 

Readings include works by Friedrich Kittler, Armand Mattelart, Erkki Huhtamo, Jack Goody, Roger Chartier, Anthony Grafton, Cornelia Visser Katherine Hayles, and Tung Hui Hu. The principal product of the course is an extended paper based on original research.