Ancient technologies, new representations

Here’s the page for Ōtzi:

Navigate through this hypertext document and see what you find. I’m especially interested in “Clothing and Equipment” and “How did he live?” so we can consider the long view on humans and technology.

Be well,


Online Dating

Here’s an article about online dating that we can read for class on Friday:

It’s a few years old, and things are changing fast, but I think it will still be useful to discus.

If you’re interested, the OKCupid blog has a aggregated a lot of data from their dating platform and done some entertaining analysis. Here is probably their most read blog post:  You might also look around on the blog and see what else you find.

I’m curious to hear people’s thoughts.


Ann Cvetkovich

I’ve just posted on Carmen a scan of the introduction to Ann Cvetkovich’s An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Culture (2003). I’d just like you to read the section “Archives of Trauma” on pages 7 to 12.

See what you can make of it and what might be useful for you here. While Cvetkovitch is focusing on something pretty specific (trauma in lesbian public culture), her idea of the “archive of feelings” has had an influence on other contemporary writers in various fields. I think it’s a simple concept with a large application directly relevant to the practice of reading and writing in any context. We’ll discuss it more on Friday.

Be well,


“Evolution v. Creationism: A Short History” talk by Isaac Weiner

Event of possible interest tomorrow. I’ll be helping with this one.


The Center for the Study of Religion presents the 2014-2015

Religions of the World: Past and Present Community Lecture Series

Isaac Weiner, Professor of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University

 Evolution v. Creationism: A Short History

 Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

010 Page Hall (John Glenn School of Public Affairs)

Debates about human origins constitute one of the most prominent sites of conflict between science and religion in the modern world. This lecture will explore the cultural and intellectual history of this debate by tracing critical shifts in how American Christians have responded to the claims of Darwinian evolution over the past century. Particular attention will be paid to a concrete set of legal disputes concerning the teaching of religious and scientific accounts of human origins in U.S. public schools. These controversies provide vivid case studies of the changing cultural context of the debate between religion and science through this period and illuminate many of the broader issues at stake. In the end, they will be used to assess competing frameworks for making sense of the relationship between religion and science today.

Reception to follow

All are welcome



For more information, contact the Center at 688-8010 or

Sounds Studies events of possible interest

Here are some upcoming events from OSU’s Sound Studies Working Group that might be interesting to folks. I’m planning to attend at least the February 9th talk by Jonathan Sterne. I’ve read a little of his work on MP3 as a medium, which I thought was pretty interesting.

Be well,


1. On February 9, we are thrilled to host Jonathan Sterne, professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology at McGill University, for a public lecture: There also are opportunities for him to meet with graduate students and interested faculty.

2. On February 27, Marina Peterson (Ohio University), will deliver a public lecture at the Humanities Institute. Check out her faculty profile here:

3. Also on February 27, the Center for Folklore Studies will host multiple events dedicated to the Northeastern Ohio Punk/Rock Music scene of the late-60s and 70s:, including a performance talk by David Thomas:

4. Also of interest might be the School of Music’s weekly Musicology lecture series, several of which fall into the broad purview of outworking group’s area: These include talks by Adriana Helbig (ethnomusicology, Pitt) on 2 March; Udo Will (cognitive ethnomusicology, OSU) on 9 March; Michelle Wibbelsman (Spanish and Portuguese, ethnomusicology, OSU) on 30 March; Arved Ashby (historical musicology, OSU) on 6 April; and Michael McEachrane (independent scholar, activist, Sweden) on 20 April.

Langdon Winner

We’re reading an essay by Langdon Winner, who’s book The Whale and the Reactor is often read in Science and Technology Studies (STS) classes.

I already have the whole book in PDF so I’ve posted the full text on Carmen. You are only responsible for chapter 2, “Do Artifacts have Politics.”

Please be prepared to show reading marks and reading notes and I’ll check them off in class, giving you credit for that assignment.

Start to think about what you might write on for your first blog post. Think about what kinds of things you might have you’d like to write about this semester.

Thank you all for your contribution so far!