conference participants
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nancy armstrong
  Nancy Armstrong is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Modern Culture and Media, and Women's Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel (Oxford University Press, 1987) and Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realism (Harvard University Press, 1999). She is also co-author, with Leonard Tennenhouse, of The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and The Origins of Personal Life (University of California Press, 1992) and co-editor, also with Leonard Tennenhouse,of two collections, The Ideology of Conduct (Routledge, 1986) and The Violence of Representation (Routledge, 1989).

geoffrey batchen

  Geoffrey Batchen an Australian cultural critic, teaches the history of photography at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, USA. His first book, Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography, was published by The MIT Press in 1997. His next book, Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History, is being published by the same press in 2000. He is currently working on three projects: an exhibition of vernacular photographs for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; a text book on contemporary art for Abrams; and a reader in electronic imaging for Routledge.
wendy chun
  Wendy Chun is an assistant professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is completing a manuscript on the crisis of disciplinary and regulatory power brought about by high-speed telecommunications networks, entitled Sexuality in the Age of Fiber Optics. She is organizing the Archaeology of Multi-Media Project, and her writings have appeared/will appear in differences, New Formations, and Asian (eds. Sau-ling Wong and Rachel Lee), amongst other places.
tony cokes
  Tony Cokes is Assistant Professor in Media Production in the Brown University Department of Modern Culture and Media. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College, attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in Studio Art, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cokes' video and multimedia installation works have been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Artists Space, American Film Institute, L.A.C.E., New Langton Arts, and Long Beach Museum of Art. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Media Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
perry curtis

james der derian

  James Der Derian is a Research Professor of International Relations at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He completed a M.Phil. and D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University. Der Derian is author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement (1987) and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War (1992); editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations (1995) and The Virilio Reader (1998); and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/ Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics (1989). Most recently, he has written on issues of technology, politics, and new media for Wired, The Washington Quarterly, The Nation, Theory, Culture and Society, Angelaki, and 21-C. He is currently finishing a book project called Virtuous War.

richard dienst

  Richard Dienst is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. from the Literature Program at Duke University in 1991. He is the author of Still Life in Real Time: Theory after Television (Duke 1994) and co-editor of Reading the Shape of the World: Towards an International Cultural Studies (Westview, 1996). He is currently working on two projects: World in Debt, an exploration of contemporary cultural theory in the context of globalization and the critique of neoliberalism; and Remains to be Seen, a set of essays on the materiality of visual media.
mary ann doane
  Mary Ann Doane is George Hazard Crooker University Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is the author of The Desire to Desire: The Woman's Film of the 1940s and Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film, Psychoanalysis. She is currently completing a book on temporality, contingency and the cinema in modernity.

thomas elsaesser

  Thomas Elsaesser is Chair of the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Sussex. His publications include: New German Cinema: A History (London: Macmillan and New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989, reprinted 1994) which received the Jay Leyda Prize (NYU) and the Nancy Kovacs Singer Prize (USC), Early Cinema: Space Frame Narrative (London: British Film Institute and Indiana University Press, 1990), Writing for the Medium: Television in Transition (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1994), Hoogste Tijd voor een speelfilm (Amsterdam: Theatre Books, 1995), A Second Life: German Cinema's First Decades (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1996), Fassbinder's Germany: History Identity Subject (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1996) and most recently, Weimar Cinema and After: The Historical Imaginary (Routledge 2000). His essays on film theory, film genre, film, history and television have appeared in over seventy collections and anthologies, including essays translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Chinese, Japanese and Dutch.

wolfgang ernst

  Wolfgang Ernst studies and publications in history, classics, archaeology, museology, media studies. He received his doctorate from the University of Bochum with a thesis Historismus im Verzug [Historicism Deferred] on the museological perception and literary discourse of antiquities in neo-classical Britain (published Hagen: Rottmann 1993). He has teaching and research experience at the History Department of the University of Leipzig, the Institute of Museology in Leipzig, the Institute of Cultural Studies at Essen, the Arts Department at the University of Kassel, the German Historical Institute in Rome, the Center of Literary Research in Berlin, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, the Media Faculty of the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. He is currently teaching Media Sciences at the Institute for Film and TV Studies, University of Bochum. Recently Ernst co-edited (with Cornelia Vismann) a book on the "two bodies of history" Geschichtskörper: zur Aktualitœt von Ernst H. Kantorowicz (Munich: Fink 1998). He submitted to the Faculty of Cultural Studies of the Humboldt-University in Berlin (Autumn 1998) a habilitation thesis Im Namen der Geschichte [In the name of History] on the infrastructure of memory agencies in Germany 1806-1945 (archives, libraries, museums, inventories of material heritage, cultural statistics). His current work examines the transformation of storage-based memory culture into a media culture of dynamic transfer.

julia flanders

  Julia Flanders is the Textbase Editor and Project Manager of the Women Writers Project at Brown University, and a consultant at Brown's Scholarly Technology Group, where her work focuses on text encoding, electronic editing and publishing, and SGML/XML. She is also currently at work on a PhD at Brown on editorial theory, electronic textuality, and the nature of data. She has spoken and published on the gender politics of editing as well as on theoretical and practical problems in text encoding.

graham harwood

  Graham Harwood is a founding member of Mongrel with, Matsuko Yokokoji, Richard Pierre-Davis and Mervin Jarmen. Born in 1960, has been making interactive and digital works since the late 1980s, both as an artist and educationalist. He recently won the Clarks Digital Bursary and the Imaginaria Award, and has been included in numerous international exhibitions featuring new media and was recently included in the Net Condition exhibition at ZKM in Karslruhe. His work has involved a number of engagements with an institutional environment, most notably in 'Rehearsal of Memory' work created in 1995 after working with the inmates of the Ashworth high security hospital in Liverpool, which is now in the collection of the Pompidou Centre, Paris. His most recent projects include the Mongrel Tate website and Natural Selection, which takes on the use of new communications technology as a form of social critique.

ken hillis

  Ken Hillis is a theorist of Communication Technologies, Virtual Geography, and Social and Political Identities. He is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Communication Studies and Department of Geography at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1996. His dissertation -- Geography, Identity and Embodiment in Virtual Reality -- looked at Information Technologies (IT), new media, and more specifically at Virtual Reality (VR). He also has a Master of Environmental Studies (M.E.S.) from, York University, Toronto. His first book Digital Sensations: Identity, Embodiment and Space in Virtual Reality was published in 1999 by University of Minnesota Press.

mervin jarman

  Marvin Jarman is an artist, programmer, and co-ordinator of Mongrel, Jamaica. Mongrel is a mixed bunch of people and machines working to celebrate the cultural methods of London street culture. The group creates socially engaged cultural product using a wide range of media technologies. Using a variety of collaboration strategies and pairings, Mongrel attempts to open up situations and makes ways for those locked out of the mainstream to gain strength without getting locked into power structures.
lynne joyrich

thomas keenan

  Thomas Keenan is Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature At Bard College, where he directs the Human Rights Project and teaches literary theory and media studies. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility (Stanford University Press, 1997), and the co-editor of two volumes on Paul de Man (Paul de Man, Wartime Journalism, 1939-1943, and Responses, University of Nebraska Press, 1988 and 1989) and of two volumes on The End(s) of the Museum (Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, 1995. He is currently writing a book on humanitarianism, war, and the news media in Bosnia, Somalia, and Rwanda, called Live Feed. This was the topic of his research during the spring of 1998 when he was a Fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center for the Press and Politics. He co-directs International Justice Watch [JUSTWATCH-L], an Internet discussion list focused on "international humanitarian law (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) and contemporary armed conflicts and humanitarian emergencies."

thomas levin


Thomas Y. Levin teaches media and cultural history and theory at Princeton University, where he is an associate professor in the German Department. Currently on leave in Amsterdam as curator-in-residence at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, he is working on a study of the origins of "synthetic sound" and a larger project on the aesthetics of surveillance.


geert lovink

  Geert Lovink was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1959. After graduating in political science from Amsterdam University he worked as an independent new media-theorist, publisher and radio-maker. He is the founder of numerous Internet initiatives. He is an organizer of conferences, online forums, publications and projects such as community Internet providers, mailinglists and media laboratories. Over the last fifteen years he has lived and worked in Berlin, Budapest and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, teaching media theory and supporting independent media and new media culture. He was an editor of the new media arts magazine Mediamatic (1989-1994) and is a member of Adilkno, from which two books have appeared in English translation: Cracking the Movement (1994) and The Media Archive (1998). In 1995, he co-founded the international mailinglist Nettime, from which material was brought together in the "README!" anthology (1999). He is now based in Canberra.

lev manovich

  Lev Manovich is an artist, a theorist and a critic of new media. His book The Language of New Media will be published by The MIT Press in the Fall of 2000. Manovich is the author of over fifty articles on new media which have been reprinted in twenty countries. In his writings, Manovich places new media within the larger context of modern visual culture, relating it to the histories of visual art and cinema. Manovich was born in Moscow where he studied fine arts and architecture and participated in the underground art shows. He moved to New York in 1981 and has been working with computer media since 1984 as an artist, designer, programmer and a teacher. His 1993 Ph.D. dissertation The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to VR (University of Rochester (1993) provides a social history of the origins of computer media, connecting it to the avant-garde art of the 1920s. In 1994 Manovich completed "little movies" which was the first film project conceived exclusively for the Web distribution. At present, Manovich is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego where he teaches studio and theory classes in new media. He also writes a weekly column on media/IT convergence for His articles and projects are available at
roger mayer
  Roger Mayer is Professor of Visual Arts and Modern Culture and Media. He is interested primarily in sound as an aspect of film, video, audio installations and low-powered radio. Currently, he is collaborating on a feature length project to be shot in digital video.

tara mcpherson

  Tara McPherson is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Studies in USC’s School of Cinema-TV, where she teaches courses in television, new media, and contemporary popular culture. 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, Virtual Publics, and Basketball Jones. She is co-editor, along with Henry Jenkins and Jane Shattuc, of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (forthcoming, Duke UP) and is currently completing Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Place and Femininity in the Deep South, also for Duke. Co-organizer of last year's new media conference, Interactive Frictions, Tara is currently among the organizers of Race in Digital Space, a USC-MIT conference to be held in April 2001. Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence, race, and representation.

nick mirzoeff

  Nicholas Mirzoeff is an Associate Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. He recieved his PhD at the University of Warwick, England in Art History in 1990. Since that time he has held postdoctoral fellowships from UCLA, the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art, the Yale Center for British Art and the Humanities Institute at SUNY Stony Brook. His work has two key aspects: the diversifying of art history as evidenced in Silent Poetry: Deafness, Sign and Visual Culture in Modern France (1995) and Bodyscape: Art, Modernity and the Ideal Figure (1995) and the theory and practice of visual culture, leading to the Visual Culture Reader (1998) and An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999). His current projects examine the Jewishness of Camille Pissarro, summarized in an essay in his edited volume Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews (1999) and the visuality of global culture. He is currently editing a book series for Routledge on visual culture, entitled "Optical Allusions," and is working on a book describing the current state of the field entitled Intervisuality: Desire and Practice in Visual Culture.

lisa nakamura

  Lisa Nakamura is Assistant Professor of English at Sonoma State University, where she teaches postcolonial literature and critical theory. She is co-editor of Race and Cyberspace (Routledge 2000), and is also working on a book tentatively entitled Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet. Her recent work on race and the Internet appears in CyberReader, Cyberculture, Race in Cyberspace, and Reload: Redefining Women and Cyberculture.
ellen rooney
  Ellen Rooney is Associate Professor of Modern Culture and Media, English and Women's Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Seductive Reasoning: Pluralism as the Problematic of Contemporary Literary Theory, and she is currently completing a manuscript entitled A Semiprivate Room, which addresses feminist theory and contemporary efforts to rethink the public sphere.
philip rosen
  Philip Rosen is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and English at Brown University. His areas of research include film and media theory and history in relation to social and cultural theory. He has published on the status of digital imaging in relation to other kinds of imaging. His new book, Change Mummified: Cinema, Historicity, Theory is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press.

renata salecl

  Renata Salecl is a sociologist, criminologist, and philosopher. She holds a position as a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. Salecl's books include: (Per)versions of Love and Hate (Verso, 1999), Sexuation: SIC 3 (editor, Duke, 2000), Gaze and Voice as Love Objects (Salecl and Zizek, eds., Duke, 1996), and The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism After the Fall of Socialism (Routledge, 1994)
robert scholes

Robert Scholes is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Brown University where he teaches in the departments of Modern Culture and Media, English, and Comparative Literature. He currently directs an online edition of The New Age magazine, edited by A. R. Orage from 1907 to 1922 and is a member of the Modernist Journals Project. Recent publications include Protocols of Reading (Yale, 1989, trans. Japan, 1991, Ital., 1992, Portuguese, 1995) In Search of James Joyce (Illinois, 1992) Hemingway's Genders, co-author (Yale, 1994) The Rise and Fall of English (Yale, 1998).

michael silverman
  Michael Silverman is a co-founder of the Program in Semiotic Studies, and is currently the chairperson of the Department of Modern Culture and Media. His research interest has been primarily in European and American film, and his current project is the writing and co-producing of an independent feature to be shot on digital video.

cornelia vismann

  Cornelia Vismann teaches constitutional law at the European University "Viadrina" in Frankfurt (Oder), where she is an assistant professor. She studied Philosophy (M.A.) and Law and practiced as a lawyer in Berlin from 1990-1993. Her doctoral thesis on files, media technique and law was completed in March 1999. Her main research fields are the rhetoric and mediatechniques of law. Currently, she is preparing a book on the new information order and basic rights. English publications include, among others: "Landscape in World War One - On Benjamin's Critique of Ernst Jünger" [New Comparison 18 (1994)]; "Starting from Scratch: Concepts of Order in No Man's Land", [Bernd Hüppauf (Ed.) War, Violence and the Modern Condition 1997]; "Jurisprudence: A transfer-science", [Law and Critique 10 (1999)]; German Editions on Ernst H. Kantorowicz (1998) with Wolfgang Ernst, and on Systemtheory (1999) with Albrecht Koschorke.
todd winkler
  Todd Winkler is a composer and multimedia artist on the faculty at Brown University, where he is Director of MacColl Studios for Electronic Music. His work explores ways in which computers interpret human actions to create sound and images in dance productions, video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments. He is the author of Composing Interactive Music, a book and CD-ROM about the theory and technology of interactive music and performance, published by MIT Press. Winkler's concert works and installations have received international attention at such venues as Darmstadt Festival in Germany, New Music America Festival in New York, Monday Evening Concert Series in Los Angeles, the Alternative Museum in New York, and festivals in Hungary, Ireland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, the U.K. and Canada. His music appears on recordings from Capstone Records, MIT Press and ICMA.