Welcome back and happy new year! Okay—so 2013 is more than three weeks old at this point. What can I say? The semester started and I needed to hit the ground running. In any case I’m pleased to be back and glad that you are, too.
My first post of the year is actually something of an old one, or at least it’s about new material that was produced about eighteen months ago. Back in the summer of 2011 I keynoted the Association for Cultural Studies Summer Institute in Ghent, Belgium. It was a blast—and not only because I got to talk about algorithmic culture and interact with a host of bright faculty and students. I also recorded a podcast there with Janneke Adema, a Ph.D. student at Coventry University, UK whose work on the future of scholarly publishing is excellent and whose blog, Open Reflections, I recommend highly.
Janneke and I sat down in Ghent for the better part of an hour for a fairly wide-ranging conversation, much of it having to do with The Late Age of Print and my experiments in digital publishing. It was real treat to revisit Late Age after a couple of years and to discuss some of the choices I made while I was writing it. I’ve long thought the book was a tad quirky in its approach, and so the podcast gave me a wonderful opportunity to provide some missing explanation and backstory. It was also great to have a chance to foreground some of the experimental digital publishing tools I’ve created, as I almost never put this aspect of my work on the same level as my written scholarship (though this is changing).
The resulting podcast, “The Late Age of Print and the Future of Cultural Studies,” is part of the journal Culture Machine’s podcast series. Janneke and I discussed the following:
- How have digital technologies affected my research and writing practices?
- What advice would I, as a creator of digital scholarly tools, give to early career scholars seeking to undertake similar work?
- Why do I experiment with modes of scholarly communication, or seek “to perform scholarly communication differently?”
- How do I approach the history of books and reading, and how does my approach differ from more ethnographically oriented work?
- How did I find the story amid the numerous topics I wrestle with in The Late Age of Print?
I hope you like the podcast. Do feel welcome to share it on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever. And speaking of social media, don’t forget—if you haven’t already, you can still download a Creative Commons-licensed PDF of The Late Age of Print. It will only cost a tweet or a post on Facebook. Yes, really.