A number of scholars from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies (AHCS) at McGill University have participated in workshops at the Centre for Research on Intermediality (CRI) at the Université de Montréal. The CRI, founded in 1996, is an unique research centre that explores the rapidly changing relationships between old and new media.
The increased involvement of McGill faculty members at the CRI has been a natural evolution over the past decade. Many members joined or participated in CRI activities upon arrival at McGill. As Dr. Darin Barney, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship, says “I expect these involvements will ebb and flow over time”.
Earlier this year, two faculty members from AHCS delivered lectures at the CRI on the theme Electronical media uses and cultural practices. Dr. William Straw presented from his text, “Embedded Memories”, from Residual Media, edited by Charles Acland (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). Dr. Jonathan Sterne presented his article entitled “The mp3 as cultural artifact” from New Media Society (Volume 8, 2006).
Most recently Dr. Barney presented a paper at the CRI entitled “The thing about politics: notes toward a theory of citizenship for technological society”, which was first presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, held in Vancouver, November 2006. Dr. Jenny Burman also presented her paper “Antidetention/antideportation activism in Montréal” in Space and Culture, Sage Publications, August 2006. Both presentations were part of the theme Mediation, mediatisation and citizenship.
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The 2007 CRI winter workshops are being held at McGill University. The workshops are hosted by the CRI in collaboration with Media@McGill and the AHCS. They are held in the form of a radio dialogue: every debate is lead by a host, and the guests dialogue on the given topic.
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