15/02/2018: Call For Papers: Media Archaeology
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Uncovering both the new in the old and the old in the seemingly new of the media is one of the most recognized tasks of Media Archaeology, a theoretical and methodological perspective on history itself that, among other displacements, reconfigures the historical causalities and agencies involved, offering alternative narratives to reflect on our contemporaneity. Today some of these displacements, extensively studied over recent decades, also align with the so-called material shift that for some years philosophers, artists and theoreticians in many disciplines have endeavoured to point to in all fields and particularly in the arts and media, as we have seen in previous monographic issues of the journal Artnodes.
This material shift aims to complement the pre-eminence of semiotic analysis with an emphasis on analysis of contexts, uses and experiences, as well as the agency of the machines, artefacts and other non-human agents linked to the media. This epistemological renewal, which also connects with the calling into question of historical causalities and the need for counter-narratives – although we could trace it back to the times of Walter Benjamin – was promoted in the mid-1980s by departments of Cultural Studies and departments of Communication through the reading of Michel Foucault, the New Historicism of literary studies and the later influence of Cultural History.