Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    Feb 25, 2020  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SHUM 4618 - Data Corruption’s Deep History

(crosslisted) ARKEO 4618 , ​CLASS 4632 COML 4615 , ​MEDVL 4718 STS 4618  

Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

C. Roby.

How can studying the deep past of information storage and transmission help us understand our current engagements with information and contemplate its future? In this course we will we will explore the materiality of information-bearing artifacts over the long history of semantic inscription. From cuneiform tablets to digital media (whose veneer of immateriality disguises the complexities of the material mechanisms of storage and transmission), we will study the shifting materialities of the matrices through which information is stored, transformed, shared, and obliterated: compilations and remixes, piracies and hacks, inscribed objects and their digital “surrogates.”

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