Jon McKenzie: "Digital Studies and Emerging Scholarly Genres"
3:00pm, November 22, 2013
501 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
From TED Talks to theory comics to Dance Your PhD competitions, scholars and researchers are now remediating their work into media alongside the traditional medium of academic writing, reaching new audiences and opening up new ways to make arguments and present evidence. This presentation explores the role that the arts and humanities can play in developing these emerging scholarly genres, featuring historic precedents and contemporary works by both scholars and students. Such work combines conceptual, aesthetic, and technical practices and prepares students for learning and living in the 21st-century.
Jon McKenzie is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in performance theory and new media. He is also Director of DesignLab, a digital composition center whose mission is to democratize digitality. An affiliate of the Digital Studies program, he likewise coordinates the Digital Humanities Initiative, a network of faculty, librarians, and technologists dedicated to enhancing the cyberinfrastructure of artists and humanists. Jon is the author of Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance (Routledge 2001) and such articles as “Global Feeling: (Almost) All You Need is Love,” “Abu Ghraib and the Society of the Spectacle of the Scaffold,” and “Towards a Sociopoetics of Interface Design: etoy, Etoys, and TOYWAR.” His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages, and with Heike Roms and C.J. W-L. Lee, he is co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (Palgrave 2011). Jon has produced a number of experimental video essays, including The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r (2012) and This Vile Display (2006), and he gives workshops on performative scholarship and emerging scholarly genres. In fall 2013, HOBO Art Foundation and New Theatre in Warsaw are co-producing Katastronauci, based on Perform or Else and the aleatory techniques of compose Witold Lutoslawski. Jon’s homepage is labster8.net.