Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska

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fifth year doctoral candidate in American Civilization at Brown

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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Civilization at Brown University currently working on a dissertation on historical memory and subjectivity in the 1970s, entitled 'Bicentennial Memory: Postmodernity, Media and National Identity in the United States, 1966-1980.' A good part of the project deals with how individuals and organizations create and use history narratives in a public context; I am currently working on a section on the rise of what I call 'affective technologies:' audio tours, computer monitors and telephone banks in history museum exhibition. I also hold an MA in Public Humanities from Brown and an MA in Media and Cultural Studies from the Communications Culture and Technology program at Georgetown and am invested in remaining a public practitioner. For the 2010-2011 academic year, I am also a Fellow at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities

Another component of my project is a 'digital story': I am using open copyright archival footage of the Bicentennial and interviews with individuals who participated in the celebration to produce a short film (or possibly a pair of short films that can be played simultaneously or back to back) about experience and memory. This film is meant to be a self-reflexive intervention into my written scholarly project that will help me account for and theorize my own position as a historian writing about historicity, and think through the implications of using, as evidence, accounts that are themselves memories of an event that took place more than thirty years ago.

I am committed to digital scholarship as means to move my project outside of the textual and into different registers of analysis; I hope to use my time as a HASTAC scholar to think and write about different ways of thinking through historical subjectivity.