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The Leslie Center for the Humanities
Dartmouth College
6240 Haldeman Center, Room 263
Hanover, NH 03755
Tel. 603-646-0896
Fax. 603-646-0998


Symposium on Digital Culture and the Arts

This Humanities Institute will initiate a trans-disciplinary survey of critical issues attendant to the rise of cyber-culture: the effects of cyber-culture on "discipline," in terms of both specific disciplines of knowledge and broader modes of social surveillance.


The rise of cyber-culture and new media presents significant challenges and opportunities to academic disciplines, within and beyond the Humanities. Technologies such as personal computers, digital databases, and the world wide web are transforming how scholars research, teach, and publish. For some scholars, their very object of study has been altered. For still others, cyber-culture has afforded innovations in methodology, collaboration, and practical application. Beyond these developments, cyber-culture also includes broad cultural and social transformations, from changes in work patterns and entertainment forms to the rise of global commerce and new definitions of the nation-state. For many, these changes index the emergence of a new form of global surveillance and power.

We have assembled 15 scholars to investigate these issues and their attendant research in relation to them. Two conferences are scheduled in conjunction with the Institute (see associated links). A volume of essays by participants in the Institute and the conferences will follow.


Director and Main Contact:
Mark Williams
Dept. of Film and Television Studies
317 Wilson Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

April Symposium: Event Details

Friday, April 22, 2005
12:30 - 3:30pm
Loew Auditorium
This event is free of charge, and open to the public.
Reception to follow.


  • Introduction by Mark Williams, Dartmouth College
  • David Lyon
    Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    Topic: Why Where You Are Matters: Mundane Mobilities, Transparent Technologies and Digital Discrimination
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  • Marianne Weems
    The Builders Association (New York-based Performance and Media Company)
    Topic: Three Mediatized Performances (including new piece SUPER VISION)
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  • Question and Answers with David Lyon and Marianne Weems
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  • Marsha Kinder
    Department of Critical Studies, School of Cinema-Television, USC
    Topic: Dramatizing the Archive: Database Documentaries as Cultural History
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  • Kembrew McLeod
    Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa
    Topic: Digital Sampling and Copyright Criminals
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  • Mia Garlick
    General Counsel for Creative Commons
    Topic: Building a Layer of Reasonable, Flexible Copyright
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  • Questions and Answers with Marsha Kinder, Kembrew McLeod and Mia Garlick
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Sponsored by The Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Hood Museum of Art, The Department of Sociology, The Department of Film and Television Studies

May Conference: Event Details

May 13-14, 2005
Friday location: Loew Auditorium
Saturday location: Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
All events are free of charge, and open to the public.

Friday, May 13
1:00-4:00 pm
Loew Auditorium, Dartmouth College

1:00 pm Panel: Representation and Politics in the Digital Age. Introduction - View video(Quicktime required)
  • Joe Trippi, Political Advisor
    "The Revolution Will Not be Televised" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Lisa Nakamura, Communication Arts/Visual Culture Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    "Subjects and Objects of Interactivity: Digital Racial Formation and Media Convergence" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Michael Curry, Department of Geography, UCLA
    "The Promise of Provenance: Networks, Narratives, and the New Model of Object Management" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Question and Answer session - View video (Quicktime required)
3:30 pm Reception, Kim Gallery

Saturday, May 14
9:30am - 5:30pm
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth College

9:30 am Coffee and pastries
10:00 am Panel: Freedom(s) and Access in the Digital Age. Introduction - View video(Quicktime required)
  • Jeffrey Rosen, George Washington University Law School
    "The Silver Bullet: Protecting Privacy and Security through Law & Technology" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Eszter Hargittai, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
    "Digitally Connected Yet Worlds Apart" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • David Phillips, Department of Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas
    "From Freedom to the Management of Personally Identified Information: Toward a Political Economy of Privacy and Identity" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Question and Answer session - View video (Quicktime required)
12:00 pm Lunch break
1:30 pm Panel: Challenges to the Academy in the Digital Age. Introduction - View video(Quicktime required)
  • Michael Heim, Freelance educator, Southern California
    "Adventures of the CyberForum: A Cautionary Tale about Cyber-Disciplinarity" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Alan Liu, Department of English, University of California at Santa Barbara
    "The Humanities: A Technical Profession" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Question and Answer session - View video (Quicktime required)
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Panel: Visual Culture/Critical Praxis in the Digital Age. Introduction - View video(Quicktime required)
  • Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
    "Intrusive Reason, or Fiber Optics and the Limits of Rationality" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Geert Lovink, Amsterdam Polytechnic/University of Amsterdam
    "Mapping Critical Internet Culture: A Research Agenda" - View video (Quicktime required)
  • Question and Answer session - View video (Quicktime required)
5:00 pm Reception, Filene Lobby

Sponsored by The Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, The Institute for Security Technology Studies, The Hood Museum of Art, The Department of English, The Department of Sociology, The Rockefeller Center, The Department of Government, The Department of Geography, The MALS Program, The Department of Film and Television Studies.



Ursula Anna Frohne is an art historian and cultural theorist. She has been curator at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (Germany) from 1995-2002 and has taught art history, visual studies, cultural studies, and media theory at the Academy for Design in Karlsruhe since 1997. She was Visiting Professor at the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University in 2001/2002 and is currently Professor for Art History at the International University Bremen (Germany). After studying art history she received her PhD with a thesis on the social history of the American artist at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she taught at the Department for Art History from 1988-1995. Her research has been funded with grants from the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica (1990/91), the American Council for the Learned Societies (1994/95) and the Pembroke Center, Brown University, Providence, R.I. (2001/02). The focus of her work is in contemporary art, photography, film, video and installation, theory of image media and new media. She has been curator for numerous exhibitions on contemporary art and architecture.

Her publications on contemporary art, new media, and museum studies include video cult/ures (ed.), (DuMont: Cologne 1999); (ed. with Christian Katti) escape_space (Cologne 2000), Maler und Millionäre (Verlag der Kunst: Dresden, 2000); CTRL [SPACE], Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother (ed. With Thomas Y. Levin and Peter Weibel), (MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass.);. L & B Series of Philosophy of Art and Art Theory, Screen-Based Art (2000); Black Box (Cantz: Ostfildern, 2001); Peter Weibel (ed.), Olafur Eliasson, Surroundings Surrounded (The MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass., 2002), Hans Belting, Dietmar Kamper and Martin Schulz (eds.), Quel Corps? (Fink Verlag: Munich, 2002) and she is currently finishing a book on appropriation in contemporary art: Aesthetics of the Re-make.

Visiting Fellows and Participants

  • Chika Anyanwu currently heads the Media Department of the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Prior to this he was Head of the Mass Communications program at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. Chika has a Diploma in Broadcasting and Film, a First Class Honours in Theatre Arts, an MA in Television, a PhD in Cinema and a Graduate Business qualification in Leadership and Management. His professional background is a synthesis of art, technology and commerce. From a production perspective, he has documented many cultural practices of Papua New Guinea; co-produced a documentary on African-Australian cultural relations (2000); and in 2002 completed a research documentation of the Ghanaian film industry. He is also a playwright and theatre director with an internationally acclaimed stage play Bung Wan Taim (1993) ("Lets get together"), based on the crises in Bougainville which attracted such important personalities as the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Sir Wiwa Korowi plus many top personnel of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (see Post courier, June 11, 1993 page 35). He designed, established and headed the first Media Arts program of the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Papua New Guinea from 1991 to 1995 and also set up the Theatre Technology arm of the drama program. In 1994 Chika was a member of the working party to restructure the Papua New Guinea Cultural Commission under Dr Jacob Semet. In the same year (1994) he was invited by Sir Alkan Tolo, Chairman of the PNGBC (Papua New Guinea Broadcasting Corporation) to advise Senior Management on strategies in restructuring the Corporation.
    In Australia, Chika's research in new media technology began in 1996. In 1998 he designed the first Humanities program in new media technology titled Cybermedia at Curtin University of Technology. In 1998 he was a member of a successful Curtin New Media Research Grant team for a project titled "Core Curriculum of IT knowledge and skills for undergraduate students in the Humanities," headed by David Carter. In 1999 Chika won another Curtin University Research Grant to study the Pedagogical Implications of Virtual Classroom Environments, a project that led to many publications and international research presentations. The success of that project justified the need for the establishment of the first full degree program on Internet Studies in an Australian university in 2001, at Curtin University's School of Media and Information. Chika's current research project in creative industries has led to a successful Australian Research Council Industry Linkage grant in 2004.
  • Megan Boler earned her PhD in the History of Consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz and is Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto where she teaches media studies and philosophy of education. She has been invited as a noted scholar in the area of democracy, media and education this summer to the University of British Columbia, Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (Routledge 1999) and a recent edited collection titled Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silence (Peter Lang 2004) which addresses how race, colonialism, and homophobia are addressed through voice and silence in classrooms and introduces controversial notions such as "affirmative action pedagogy" to highlight marginalized voices. Her essays have been published in such journals as Hypatia, Educational Theory, and Cultural Studies. While a professor at Virginia Tech, she founded the Social Justice Resource Database Project. She has also worked closely on a major research project about Maori, indigenous, and Pacific Island youth with colleagues in Maori Education in New Zealand. Her multimedia website Critical Media Literacy in Times of War is widely used; she recently produced a study guide to accompany the 2003 documentary The Corporation; and her current research focus is on how web-based multimedia political
  • Lisa Gitelman is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Media Studies at Catholic University. She is the author of Scripts, Grooves, and Writing Machines (Stanford 1999) and co-editor of New Media, 1740-1915 (MIT 2003). Her current book project is entitled Always Already New: Media, History and the Data of Culture, and she will be senior-scholar-in-residence next year (AY 2005-6) at the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University.
  • Jacob Park is Assistant Professor of business and public policy at Green Mountain College in Vermont specializing in the teaching and research of global environment & business strategy, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, and community-based entrepreneurship with a special interest in Japan, China, and the Asia-Pacific region. His writings on a wide range of global energy, environmental, and business issues have appeared in journals such as The International Studies Review, Washington Quarterly, Energy Policy, Corporate Environmental Strategy, as well as in newspapers and magazines such as Fortune, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, MSNBC.COM, Toronto Globe and Mail, Christian Science Monitor, Far Eastern Economic Review, Nikkei Weekly, and the Asian Wall Street Journal. His most recent book is The Ecology of the New Economy: Sustainable Transformation of Global Information Technology, Communication, and Electronics Industries (Greenleaf Publishing, 2002) and he is currently working on two edited books, Sustainable Global Governance and Ecological Modernization & Asia-Pacific.
  • Michele White is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut. She recently completed a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Wellesley College. She teaches Internet and new media studies, television and film theory, art history and contemporary visual culture, science fiction and technology literature, gender and queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies. Her recent articles include: "Too Close to See: Men, Women, and Webcams," New Media & Society 5, 1 (2003); "The Aesthetic of Failure: Net Art Gone Wrong," Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities 7, 1 (2002); "Representations or People," Ethics and Information Technology 4, 3 (2002); "Where Is the Louvre," Space and Culture - The Journal 4/5 (2000); and "Visual Pleasure in Textual Places: Gazing in Multi-User Object-Oriented Worlds," Information, Communication, and Society 2 (1999).
    Her current book project, which is entitled The Body and the Screen: Theories of Internet Spectatorship, is under contract with MIT Press. It considers how spectatorial positions are produced and structured by Internet settings. Internet sites and computer interfaces address the spectator, depict the kinds of bodies that are expected to engage, model the views and experiences that can be accessed, and promise spectatorial control for some individuals. Rethinking theories of art viewing, feminist and psychoanalytic film, gender and queer studies, hypertext, media, photographic reproduction, and postcolonial theory offers ways to understand Internet spectatorship. She indicates how computer settings provide new techniques of control and theorizes strategies of resistance without presuming that such interventions are available to all users or will prove powerful enough to disable dominant modes of representation.
  • John Willinsky is currently the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the author of Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End, winner of Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, and more recently The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, forthcoming from MIT Press. Examples of his work, including the open source software designed to improve the access and quality of research, are available at the Public Knowledge Project which he directs at UBC, when he is not playing guitar with an international blues band of scholar-musicians at academic conferences.

Dartmouth Fellows and Participants

  • Denise Anthony is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. She studies cooperation, trust, and social capital formation in different contexts, including micro-credit borrowing groups and in Internet communication and exchange. She also studies organizational behavior in health care, including physicians' referral networks, and utilization norms and preferences, and overall satisfaction among patients and physicians, as well as organizational change in the managed care industry.
  • Benjamin Forest is Associate Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 1997. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University (2001-02) and a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation (1994-1996). He has published articles on identity, race and ethnicity, political representation, and the social impacts of GIS in Society and Space, Urban Geography, Social Science Quarterly, Political Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers. His research has been supported by grants from the Association of American Geographers, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.
  • Mikhail Gronas, born in Tashkent (former USSR), graduated from Moscow State University and University of Southern California. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian at Dartmouth. His primary fields are Russian 19th century and 20th century literature and historical linguistics. He is also interested in the sociology of tastes, cognitive poetics, and applications of automated language analysis to literary theory and taste analysis. His current research is on taste patterns in book reviews. As a poet, he was awarded the Andrey Bely Literary Prize in 2002 for "Dear Orphans" (OGI, 2002).
  • Quintus R. Jett is a Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering. His research interest is the growing ubiquity of digital environments and its implications for organizational design and decision making. His current research projects examine conceptions of "subjective distance" and the relationship between digital media and public organizing. His doctorate is from Stanford University in the field of Management and Organizations.
  • Amy Lawrence is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Echo and Narcissus: Women's Voices in Classical Hollywood Cinema (California 1991), The Films of Peter Greenaway (Cambridge 1997), and is currently completing a project on Eadweard Muybridge. She has written on animation in the silent period, in Eastern Europe in the 80s, and in US experimental films from 1970 to the present.
  • Douglas Moody has been involved with a variety of media and education projects for over twenty years, including print media, radio, video, and more recently, with multimedia. While at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, he received a graduate fellowship from the Berkeley Language Center to explore the connections between Spanish-language theatre performance and New Media. Since arriving at Dartmouth College, he has been involved with a variety of other educational projects which utilize computer-mediated communication and multimedia. In the spring term of 2003 he taught a course for the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) program, LATS 41, "Representations of/from Latinos/as in the Media and the Arts," and co-created the website for this class. He is an editor for the online journal, Latino Intersections, and has presented the pedagogical implications of Latino Intersections and other educational projects at national conferences. Other educational projects he has been involved with at Dartmouth include "DartMOO." He was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar Exchange grant, and will spend January through June, 2006 in Mexico, working on a project entitled "Creating Networks of Intercultural Understanding: Assessing Web-based Learning Environments."
  • Brenda Silver is the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor at Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses on modernist and postmodern fiction, Virginia Woolf, hypertext/electronic literature, and cyberculture. Her publications include Virginia Woolf Icon (U of Chicago P, 1999); "Virginia Woolf://Hypertext," in Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds: Selected Papers from the Tenth-Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, eds. Jessica Berman and Jane Goldman (Pace UP, 2001); and Rape and Representation, edited with Lynn A. Higgins (Columbia UP, 1991), which includes her essay on "Periphrasis, Power, and Rape in A Passage to India." She is currently working on a series of essays about electronic mailing lists that will be part of a larger project tentatively called "Small Talk, New Networks."
  • Mark Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of Film and Television Studies at Dartmouth College, and the co-director of this Humanities Institute. He has published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality; Collecting Visible Evidence; Television, History, and American Culture; and Living Color: Race, Feminism, and Television. His forthcoming book, Remote Possibilities, is a history of early television in Los Angeles, to be published by Duke University Press. With Adrian Randolph, he has begun to co-edit a University Press of New England book series on visual culture, entitled Interfaces. In conjunction with the Dartmouth College Library he is initiating an e-journal to be called The Journal of E-Media Studies.

Last Updated: 4/17/14