Welcome to the first and longest running website maintained by a professor at Georgetown University. I am the Founding Director of Georgetown's Communication, Culture & Technology Program (CCT), and have been a professor at Georgetown for over 20 years. I set up the first website at Georgetown in 1993, and began developing websites for courses in 1994. When I launched the CCT Program in 1995-96, I began developing individual sites for each graduate course with web syllabi, readings, and lecture notes. I helped set up the first pilot implementation of Blackboard, the leading CMS for education, at Georgetown in 1998, but develop my academic materials for access in an open Web environment. This site is also an archive of lectures, essays, bibliographies, and presentations for students and those interested in the fields I work in.

My teaching philosophy entails using the Web to implement real-time teaching: moving students out of the black box of the classroom and into a world of personal inquiry and practice where already transmitted institutional knowledge is continually challenged by networked, multidisciplinary information. My seminars are laboratories for making interpretive interventions in an always evolving complex array of interconnected and interdependent sources. We are all digital followers Heraclitus (revised 1.2): you can't step into the same flow of information even once. Our received disciplines flow in an always-already state of internal divisions, contradictions, and institutional configurations, all subject to ongoing reinterpretation and interdisciplinary redescription. Welcome to the academy as networked knowledge remix: there's no there here outside the nodal points of interconnection and interdependence that we inhabit and remake from all available knowledge resources.

My teaching and research interests span several fields and disciplines: theory and philosophy of technology and culture; semiotics, linguistics, and philosophy of language; computation and symbolic cognition, media and communication theory and history; art theory and history; popular culture and intersections in art, music, film, and visual culture. This site provides links to my course syllabi, lectures and presentations, and published work for use by all students and anyone interested in my various projects.

In Fall 2014, I launched Georgetown Graduate School's first online-only for-credit course, CCTP-798: Key Concepts in Technology (and How to Use Them), open to qualified non-Georgetown students and working professionals as well as to students at Georgetown. This course will provide students  and working professionals with important conceptual and analytical tools for understanding the key concepts behind our current media and computational technologies. Current Georgetown students can register in the usual way, and non-Georgetown students can apply for admission to the course through the Graduate school (see information on how to apply). See the public course syllabus for learning goals and course topics.

Courses and Seminars

Seminar Wikis and Blogs

I now maintain "de-blogged" Wordpress sites for seminar discussions (after years of managing a Seminar Wiki site). This platform enables student discussions and contributions to the real-time knowledge-building purpose of seminars in a peer-dialog context, and allows students to publish rich-content essays and final research projects. Student work is accessible on the Web, indexed by Google and other Web indexing sites. The platform provides a fixed URL for reference and use by students in future professional work.

Recent seminar sites for student work:

The earlier Seminar Wiki (2011-2012) is now an archive. (See the archive of student projects.) Alas, archives of earlier wiki content from 2006-2010 are no longer available.

Lectures and Seminar Notes

Media Theory & Semiotic Theory Cultural Hybridity, Remix, Dialogism
Postmodernism: The Po-Mo Node Cultural Hybridity, Dialogism, Remix: Introduction (Essay)
Postmodernism to Post-postmodernism: Examples to Think With Hybridity/Dialogism/Remix Theory: Introduction & Examples
De-Blackboxing Technology, Theory, Social Systems Jazz and the Abstract Truth: Dialogism and Network Culture
Intro to Transdisciplinary, Reflexive Theory (presentation) Postmodernism to Post-postmodernism: Examples to Think With
Models of Communication and Media (presentation) Hybridity, Postmodernism, Post-Globalization, Complexity
Regis Debray, "What is Mediology?" (translation) Bakhtin and Dialogism: Main Theory Sources
Mediology: Overview of Theory and Method (html) Postmodernism to Post-postmodernism: Po-Mo Node
Introduction to Mediology and Actor Network Theory (presentation) Street Art and the Digital City (presentation)
Semiotics and Communication Theory: Intro  
Kuhn and Foucault: Notes and Comparison of Methods  
Derrida and Deconstruction: Lecture Notes  
Technology and Media Theory Art Theory / Art Economics / The Artworld
Technology: Introduction to Theory and Concepts Intro to Contemporary Art: Theory and Institutions
Computation: Foundational Concepts The Pop Art Cultural Encyclopedia
Media Theory and Philosophy of Technology: An Introduction Visual Art Semiotic System: Ab-Ex, Pop, Minimalism
Deblackboxing Technology: Mediology and Actor Network Theory (presentation) Cracking the Art Value Code: Thinking with Bourdieu (presentation)
  Introduction to Photography (Powerpoint)
Visual Culture / Visual Semiotics The Institutional Theory of Art and the Artworld
Introduction to Visual Culture (Lecture Notes) The Artworld as Institutional Network (presentation)
Visual Culture Studies: Map of Disciplines The Structure of the Artworld: The Art Economy Network
A Theory Map for Media Studies and Mediology Introduction to Art Market Economics
Introduction to Photography (Powerpoint) The Art Value Chain: Symbolic and Fungible Value
Photography to Post-Photography and the Hybrid Image Introduction to Art Theory Contexts
Photography: Taking a Picture vs. Making a Photograph Semiotics of Art: The Art/Non-Art Binaries
Plato to Baudrillard: The Problem of Image/Representation The Situation of the Art Museum Today
Statement / Representation / Reference / Image / Sign Keith Haring's Visual Language
Representational Codes: Representing Depicting  
Street Art and the Digital City  
Keith Haring's Visual Language  

Recent Articles, Books, Presentations, Work in Progress

For Student Writers: A Rhetoric for the Digital Age

Writing to be Read: A Rhetoric for the Digital Age. A guide for structuring your argument in essays and theses, and supporting your writing with authoritative sources in any medium, whether writing traditional "papers" or rich media essays on the Web.

Martin Irvine
Communication, Culture, and Technology Program (CCT)
Georgetown University
3520 Prospect St., NW, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20057
Office phone: 202-687-6618
email:  irvinem@georgetown.edu

University Curriculum Vitae

"I thought of a labyrinth of labyrinths, of one sinuous spreading labyrinth that would encompass the past and the future and in some way involve the stars." --Jorge Luis Borges, from "The Garden of Forking Paths"

"Nothing conclusive has yet taken place in the world, the ultimate word of the world and about the world has not yet been spoken, the world is open and free, everything is still in the future and will always be in the future." --Mikhail Bakhtin