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Spring 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010
Tara McPherson (Cinematic Arts, USC; editor, VectorsJournal)
"Animating the Archive: Vectors and Other Experiments in Scholarly Publishing"
A lecture

3:30 pm Curtin 175
Co-sponsored by UWM Department of English and Department of Film

Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Studies in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches courses in television, new media, and popular culture. Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence, gender, race, and representation as well as multimedia literacy and authorship. McPherson is the founding editor of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, a scholarly journal that investigates the intersections of technology and culture beyond thematics. As the journal's website states: "Vectors is realized in multimedia, melding form and content to enact a second-order examination of the mediation of everyday life. . . . Simply put, we publish only works that need, for whatever reason, to exist in multimedia. In so doing, we aim to explore the immersive and experiential dimensions of emerging scholarly vernaculars across media platforms."

In addition to working on a book manuscript on new media, Professor McPherson is currently co-editing two anthologies on new technology, one of which is for the MacArthur Foundation’s initiative in Digital Media and Learning. Her book Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (2003) received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American culture and a USC Phi Kappa Phi award for outstanding scholarship. She is co-editor of the anthology Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (with Henry Jenkins III and Jane Shattuc, 2003) and her essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, Race in Cyberspace, 24, The New Media Handbook, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, Virtual Publics, and Basketball Jones. Co-organizer of the 1999 conference Interactive Frictions, McPherson is among the founding organizers of Race in Digital Space, a multi-year project supported by the Annenberg Center for Communication and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and that has included conferences and art exhibits at MIT, USC, and MOCA.

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