"Mapping Expertise/ 
Mapping Ignorance"

The first E[D]M working group meeting will be
held on Thursday, the 23rd of February, 2012.
Since this is our first meeting, we will focus on
mapping our expertise and/or ignorance regarding
all things related to a critical and theoretical
understanding of the medium, and its relevance
to our work (and play) as scholars, readers,
viewers, and users.

To this end, we will read and discuss the introduction to W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen’s edited volume Critical Terms for Media Studies (2010) (available below).

Second, we plan to reflect on the contemporary trend towards the critical study of television as an important platform for significant cultural output. As an example of this trend, we can consider the public lecture by Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky) on The Wire and The Office, scheduled for Monday, the 20th of February (see below, or “events” in the menu).

Finally, we will also take some time to plan the future of the EXPLORING THE [DIGITAL] MEDIUM initiative. If you have any suggestions of material (fiction or non-fiction, texts, games, films, or video clips) that would be interesting, exciting, and enjoyable to read, watch, play, and discuss together in the group, please bring it along and present it at the meeting.

E[D] M Meeting #1
- Time: February 23, 16.00-19.00
- Place: English Park Campus, Room 16-1044

Required Reading:

• The introduction to Critical Terms for Media Studies (2010), edited by W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen.
- http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/532554.html

Review Excerpt:
"Critical Terms for Media Studies offers not simply a collection of critical terms, but a paradigm-shifting rethinking of the field itself. It represents an extremely important approach to media in the twenty-first century, one that will become increasingly relevant as the ubiquity of new media and new technologies make the questions it raises more and more pressing. The book is a definitive and defining statement about the future shape and direction of media studies."
—Charlie Gere, author of Digital Culture and Head of the Department of Media, Film, and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University.

Optional Public Lecture:
• Alan Nadel (University of Kentucky): “When Homeland Terror Passes for Bureaucratic Security: The Wire Meets The Office.”
- Time: Monday, February 20, 13.15-14.45
- Place: English Park Campus, Room 16-0042