Devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research into forgotten, obsolete, neglected or otherwise dead media technologies. Depending on our understanding of “media” — one of the questions we’ll discuss — these might include forms as diverse as typewriters, phonographs, Polaroid photography, prison tattoo codes and the Victorian language of floral bouquets, outmoded video game platforms, computing systems, and musical instruments, smoke signals, scent organs, shorthand notation, and rocket mail delivery. Our premise is that understanding these things can help us gain a better sense of the development, meaning and legacy of media technologies, now and in the future; our goal is to introduce students to the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous research on such obsolete and obscure media. The course will include an exposure to scholarship in media archaeology; an intensive introduction to research methods; finding and exploring word, image, and sound archives; and the restoration of media artifacts to their deep social, cultural and personal context. The course stems from the premise that media archaeology is best undertaken, like any archaeological project, collaboratively: we will follow a hands-on research studio model commonly used in disciplines such as architecture or design.
The International Anthropomorphic Research Project’s (IARP’s) public information hub, studying Furries and their fandom, increasing understanding and decreasing stigma.
A site that documents the practice of letterlocking - cleverly folding, cutting, and sealing letters in the 17th century for tamper evidence and security.
An open database of 31,965,612 free scholarly articles. We harvest Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use.
TSN acts as a nexus between researchers and synesthetes. Wherever possible, we offer users with Synesthesia the opportunity to verify their condition through the use of assessment tools, but the focus of TSN from an academic standpoint is to offer researchers a way to safely be in touch with potential participants and valuable sources of information which can then be evaluated and assessed to the standards of a specific project.
A search engine which indexes where you can purchase over 150 million rare, out of print, new, used, and import-only books online.
A grassroots peer-based education project based around online learning and remote collaboration between small groups of students. They just started up so things are a little thin at the moment. This is an interesting experiment to keep your eye on. Creative Commons.
Generates post-modernist essays. Share and enjoy!
A website that generates academic citations in numerous formats.