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 25 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, and this site has become my archive of courses, lectures, essays, 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.

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; 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.

Courses and Seminars

Course Blogs and Student Work

I now maintain Wordpress sites for student seminar work (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 (2006-2012), alas, is no longer archived.

Lectures and Seminar Notes

Media Theory & Semiotic Theory Remix & Dialogism
Postmodernism: The Po-Mo Node Cultural Hybridity, Dialogism, Remix: Introduction (Essay)
Postmodernism to Post-postmodernism: Examples 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
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 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 Visual Art Semiotic System: Ab-Ex, Pop, Minimalism
Deblackboxing with Mediology and Actor Network Theory Cracking the Art Value Code: Thinking with Bourdieu
  Introduction to Photography (Optics to Post-Photography)
Visual Culture / Visual Semiotics Artworks and the Museum as Interfaces
Introduction to Visual Culture (Lecture Notes) The Institutional Theory of Art and the Artworld
Visual Culture Studies: Map of Disciplines The Artworld as Institutional Network (presentation)
A Theory Map for Media Studies and Mediology The Structure of the Artworld: The Art Economy Network
  Introduction to Art Market Economics
Photography to Post-Photography and the Hybrid Image The Art Value Chain: Symbolic and Fungible Value
Photography: Taking a Picture vs. Making a Photograph Introduction to Art Theory Contexts
Plato to Baudrillard: The Problem of Image/Representation Semiotics of Art: The Art/Non-Art Binaries
Statement / Representation / Reference / Image / Sign The Situation of the Art Museum Today
Representational Codes: Representing Depicting Keith Haring's Visual Language
Street Art and the Digital City  
Keith Haring's Visual Language  

Recent Articles, Books, Presentations, Work in Progress

Work in Progress

  • The Semiotic Foundations of Computing: A Peircean Redescription of Computation, Information, and Digital Media (book in progress).
  • "Semiotics, Computation, and Artificial Intelligence." Chapter in The Bloomsbury Companion to Semiotics (Bloomsbury Press, 2020). Abstract.

Recent Papers, Articles, and Book Chapters

  • "A Peircean Redescription of Computation: All Computing is Humanistic Computing." Semiotic Society of America Annual Meeting, 2018.
  • "C. S. Peirce and the Foundations of Computation: Automatable Semiosis." Semiotic Society of America Annual Meeting, 2016.
  • "The Continuum in the Code Base: Computation as Automated Semiosis," invited paper for Le sujet digital: / The Digital Subject: Codes, University of Paris VIII, November, 2015.
  • "Remix and the Dialogic Engine of Culture: A Model for Generative Combinatoriality" (prepublication version, pdf).
    In The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, ed. Eduardo Navas, et al. (New York: Routledge, 2014), 15-42.
  • "The Work on the Street: Street Art and Visual Culture" (pre-press pdf). Chapter in The Handbook of Visual Culture, ed. Barry Sandywell and Ian Heywood. London and New York: Berg, 2012, 235-278. See also thumbnail list of images cited (pdf).
  • "Extensible Memory, Distributed Cognition, and Artefactual Intelligence: Exorcising the Ghost in the Machine," invited paper for Le sujet digital: l'hypermnésie / The Digital Subject: Questioning Hypermnesia, University of Paris VIII, November 15, 2012.
  • Bibliography of publications in Curriculum Vitae.

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

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

The valuable truth is not the detached one, but the one that goes toward enlarging the system of what is already known. --C. S. Peirce, from "The First Rule of Logic"