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Title: Harold Innis's Proto­Media Archaeology
Authors: Cole Young, Liam
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2016
Series/Report no.: EMERGING RESEARCHERS’ SYMPOSIUM;SESSION 1 ­ CONCEPTS IN PRACTICE: ARCHAEOLOGY & METHODOLOGY, 4.11.2015
Abstract: My presentation contributes to MAH by examining Harold Innis's unique 'civilizational' approach to media history in the context of contemporary debates around material culture. Innis's work ­­ which anticipated current debates by over 70 years ­­ offers a rich yet underemphasized set of conceptual and methodological tools for media and communication research in the 21st century. Three pillars of his approach are particularly relevant: (1) conceptual innovations around space and time, which inspire contemporary approaches that account for the materiality of digital culture and its global supply chains; (2) methodological nomadism, which encourages practice­based engagements with media and communication that engender media literacy rooted in both hard­ and software; (3) a formal approach to research and writing that demonstrates a generative rather than analytical bias, thus inspiring experimental research and writing.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10002/756
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