Founding Director and Associate Professor
Communication, Culture & Technology Program (CCT)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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.
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. I have provided links to course syllabi, lectures and presentations, and published work for use by all students and anyone interested in my various projects.
In Fall 2014, I am launching Georgetown Graduate School's first online-only for-credit course open to qualified non-Georgetown students and working professionals. CCTP-798: Key Concepts in Technology and How to Use Them 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.
- CCTP-798: Key Concepts in Technology and How to Use Them
[Online-only course: Information about admission and application]
- CCTP-711: Semiotics and Cognitive Technologies [new course, in development for Fall 2014]
- CCTP 725: Dialogic and Remix Culture (Media, Music, Art, Technology)
- CCTP 748: Media Theory and Cognitive Technologies
- CCTP 797: Technology / Theory / Culture
- CCTP 505: Lecture on De-Blackboxing Technology and Institutions
- CCTP 738: Contemporary Visual Art: Theory, Practice, Institutions (archive)
- CCTP 510 (2005): Institutions of Visual Culture (archive)
- CCTP 737: The Post-Internet University (archive)
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:
- CCTP-748: Media Theory and Cognitive Technologies (Spring 2014)
- CCTP-725: Cultural Hybridity: Remix and Dialogic Culture (Spring 2014)
- CCTP-748: Media Theory and Digital Culture (Spring 2013)
- CCTP-725: Cultural Hybridity: Remix and Dialogic Culture (Fall 2013)
- CCTP-797: Technology / Theory / Culture (Fall 2013)
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.
- "Remix and the Dialogic Engine of Culture: A Model for Generative Combinatoriality" (prepublication version, pdf).
To appear in The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, ed. Eduardo Navas, et al. (New York: Routledge, 2014) (Abstract).
- The Work on the Street: Street Art and the City (book in progress)
- Meaning and Mediation (book in progress). My synthesis of semiotics, media theory, and cognitive science approaches to symbolic cognition and meaning making.
- "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.
- "Keith Haring's Visual Language." Presentation at the Brooklyn Museum for the Keith Haring Retrospective exhibition, June 10, 2012.
- "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, pp. 235-278. See also thumbnail list of images cited (pdf).
- Street Art and the Digital City: Presented at the Theorizing the Web conference, University of Maryland, April 9, 2011.
- Bibliography of publications in Curriculum Vitae.
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.
Communication, Culture, and Technology Program (CCT)
3520 Prospect St., NW, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20057
Office phone: 202-687-6618
"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