Workshop w/ Tara McPherson--1st event in speaker series on humanities scholarship in the digital age

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:00pm

The Franklin Humanities Institute is launching a new graduate student initiative in digital scholarship and a companion speaker/workshop series.  All interested graduate students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences are encouraged to attend our kick-off events...

Thursday, September 1, 2011
12:00pm - FHI Garage (Room C105, 1st Floor, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
Workshop with Tara McPherson

This is the first event in a speaker series on humanities scholarship in the digital age, which we are launching in conjunction with the new FHI digital publication initiative for graduate students. Please note that space is limited - be sure to sign up by 8/24

Tara McPherson teaches courses in new media, television, and popular culture in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before arriving at USC, Prof. McPherson taught literature, film, and popular culture at MIT. Her Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke UP, 2003) received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture and was a finalist for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is co-editor of the anthology Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (Duke UP, 2003) and editor of Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected, part of the MacArthur Foundation series on Digital Media and Learning (MIT Press, 2008.) Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, and Screen, and in edited anthologies such as Race and Cyberspace, The New Media Handbook, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, Virtual Publics and Basketball Jones. She is currently co-editing an anthology on digital narrative and politics and working on a book manuscript on the racial epistemologies of new media. Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence, gender, race, and representation, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.

Prof. McPherson is the Founding Editor of Vectors,, the multimedia peer-reviewed journal sponsored by USC’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy. Vectors pushes far beyond the ‘text with pictures’ format of much online scholarly publishing, encouraging work that takes full advantage of the multimodal and networked capacities of computing technologies. She is also a co-editor of the International Journal of Learning and Media, a hybrid online/print journal that will also explore new forms of online publishing, and Lead PI of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture.

* Lunch provided & space limited - sign up by 8/24 at link below *


Sign up by 8/24 for the info session and/or McPherson workshop:


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