Via Present & Correct

Today we’ll review the syllabus and get to know one another.

You needn’t read these texts; I’m listing them here simply because they’ll inform my introductory presentation:

  • Histories of Coded Spaces: Shannon Mattern, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) + Malcolm McCullough, Ambient Commons: Attention in the Age of Embodied Information (MIT Press, 2013).
  • Legacies of Connectivity: Nicole Starosieski, The Undersea Network (Duke University Press 2015) + Surfacing (2016) {interactive project}. + Dhanashree Thorat, “Colonial Topographies of Internet Infrastructure: The Sedimented and Linked Networks of the Telegraph and Submarine Fiber Optic Internet,” South Asian Review 40:3 (2019): 252-67 + Shannon Mattern, “Networked Dream Worlds,” Real Life Magazine (July 8, 2019) + Greta Byrum, “Building the People’s Internet,” Urban Omnibus (October 2, 2019).
  • Method: Implosion: Joseph Dumit, “Writing the Implosion: Teaching the World One Thing at a Time,” Cultural Anthropology 29:2 (2014).
  • Case Studies: Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, “Social Imaginary, Memory Sticks, and Plastic Bags in Cuba,” World Anthropologies 121:3 (September 2019): 750 – 754 + Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge, Chapter 7, “Air Travel,” in Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2011): 137 – 157.

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