Skip to main content

Archives in Media Theory: Material Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities

  • Chapter

Abstract

In his recent French Theory lecture series, also available on the Internet in MP3-format, media theorist Alex Galloway starts his introduction on October 25 with a parallel to Karl Marx. Galloway reminds how Marx is often described as a product of the intellectual debates in Europe of his time, three to be exact:British political economy, German idealism and French socialism. Galloway’s parallel continues with the Europe of today, its intellectual debates stemming to a large extent from three distinctive directions of German media theory,Italian political theory, and French philosophy. Whereas Galloway continues in his lecture series outlining the last of these three – French philosophy and its current trends, through figures such as Catherine Malabou, Bernard Stiegler, and Quentien Meillassoux – we can continue to elaborate on the parallel or the comparison with a further idea. Cognisant of the history of humanities as critical theory of the twentieth century, Marx’s synthesis of these three forces –and, one might add, the synthesis of Marx together with Nietzsche and Freud –cannot be underestimated, and if one wants to quantify it as is so often necessary in the culture of digital economy, just count the amount of undergraduate and graduate courses directly or indirectly linking up with Marxist or post-Marxist philosophy.

Keywords

  • Media Theory
  • Cultural Theory
  • Technical Medium
  • Digital Humanity
  • French Philosophy

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1057/9780230371934_5
  • Chapter length: 20 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-230-37193-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  • Alaimo, S. and Hekman S. J. (eds) (2008), Material Feminisms (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.)

    Google Scholar 

  • Buchloh, B. H. D. (2006), ‘Gerhard Richter’s Atlas: The Anomic Archive//1993’ in Charles Merewether (ed.), The Archive (London: Whitechapel and Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 85–102).

    Google Scholar 

  • Brown, Bill (2010), ‘ “Materiality” in W. J. T. Mitchell and Mark B. N. Hansen (eds),Critical Terms for Media Studie.

    Google Scholar 

  • Cohen, P. (2010), ‘Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches’, New York Times,16 November 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/arts/17digital.html.

    Google Scholar 

  • Chun, W. H-K. (2006a), Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Chun, W. H-K. (2006b), ‘Introduction. Did Someone Say New Media?’, in W. Chun and T. Keenan (eds), New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (New York and London: Routledge, 1–10).

    Google Scholar 

  • Chun, W. H-K. (2008), ‘The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory’, Critical Inquiry 35(1) (2008): 148–71. Also (2011) in Erkki Huhtamo and Jussi Parikka (eds),Media Archaeology (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 184–203).

    Google Scholar 

  • Deleuze, G. (1988), Foucault, trans. Seán Hand (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Elsaesser, T. (2006), ‘Early Film History and Multi-Media: An Archaeology of Possible Futures?’, in W. Chun and T. Keenan (eds), New Media, Old Media: A Reader, edited by Wendy Chun and Thomas Keenan (New York: Routledge, 13–26).

    Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2002), ‘Between Real Time and Memory on Demand: Reflections on/of Television’, The South Atlantic Quarterly 101(3) (Summer 2002): 625–37.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2003a), ‘Telling versus Counting? A Media-Archaeological Point of View’,Intermédialités 2 (Autumn): 31–44.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2003b), Medienwissen(schaft) zeitkritisch. Ein Programm aus der Sophienstrasse. Antrittsvorlesung (inaugural lecture), Humboldt University, 21 October 2003.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2005) ‘Let There Be Irony: Cultural History and Media Archaeology in Parallel Lines’, Art History 28(5) (November): 582–603.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2006), ‘Dis/continuities: Does the Archive Become Metaphorical in Multi-Media Space’, In W. Chun and T. Keenan (eds), New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (New York and London: Routledge).

    Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2007), Das Gesetz des Gedächtnisses (Berlin: Kadmos).

    Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2009), ‘Method and Machine’, lecture at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge,18 November 2009.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ernst, W. (2011), ‘Media Archaeography – Method & Machine versus History & Narrative of Media’, in E. Huhtamo and J. Parikka (eds), Media Archaeology (Berkeley, CA:University of California Press, 239–255).

    Google Scholar 

  • Foucault, M. (2001), ‘Cours du 14 janvier 1976’, in M. Foucault, Dits & ecrits II, 1976–1988 (Paris: Gallimard).

    Google Scholar 

  • Foucault, M. (2002), The Archaeology of Knowledge, trans. A. M. Sheridan Smith (New York and London: Routledge).

    Google Scholar 

  • Guins, R. (2009), Edited Clean Version:Technology and the Culture of Control (Minneapolis:University of Minnesota Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Hertz, G. and Parikka, J. (2012), “Zombie Media: Circuit Bending Media Archaeology into an Art Method”. Leonardo-journal,forthcoming2012.

    Google Scholar 

  • Horn, E. (2008), ‘There is No Media’, Grey Room 29 (Winter): 7–13.

    Google Scholar 

  • Huhtamo, E. (2008), The Roll Medium: The Origins and Development of the Moving Panorama Until the 1860s. PhD dissertation University of Turku. Book version forthcoming from\University of California Press in 2011.

    Google Scholar 

  • Kirschenbaum, M. (2008), Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Kittler, F. A. (1999), Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, translated, with an introduction, by G. Winthrop-Young and M. Wutz (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Kittler, Friedrich A. (2006), ‘Thinking Colours And/Or Machines’ Theory’, Culture & Society 23(7–8): 39–50.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Kittler, F (2010), Optical Media, trans. Anthony Enns (Cambridge: Polity Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Krämer, S. (2006), ‘Cultural Techniques of Time Axis Manipulation: On Friedrich Kittler’s Conception of Media’, Theory, Culture & Society 23(7–8): 93–109.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Lethen, H. (2002), Cool Conduct: The Culture of Distance in Weimar Germany, trans.D. Reneau (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press).

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Manovich, L. (2002), The Language of New Media (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Münker, S. and Roesler, A. (eds) (2008), Was ist ein Medium? (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp).

    Google Scholar 

  • Peters, J. D. (2010), ‘Introduction: Friedrich Kittler’s Light Shows’, in Friedrich Kittler,Optical Media (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1–17).

    Google Scholar 

  • Pias, C. (2009), ‘Time of Non-Reality. Miszellen zum Thema Zeit und Auflösung’, in A. Volmar (ed.) Zeitkritische Medien (Berlin: Kadmos, 267–79).

    Google Scholar 

  • Sobchak, V. (2011), ‘Afterword: Media Archaelogy and Re-presencing the Past’, in E.Huhtamo and J. Parikka (eds), Media Archaeology (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 323–333).

    Google Scholar 

  • Spieker, Sven (2008), The Big Archive: Art From Bureaucracy (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Vismann, C. (2008), Files: Law and Media Technology trans. Geoffrey Winthrop-Young (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press).

    Google Scholar 

  • Volmar, A. (ed.) (2009), Zeitkritische Medien (Berlin: Kadmos).

    Google Scholar 

  • Winthrop-Young, G. (2006), ‘Cultural Studies and German Media Theory’, in G. Hall and C. Birchall (eds), New Cultural Studies (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.,88–104).

    Google Scholar 

  • Winthrop-Young, G. (2010), Kittler and the Media (Cambridge: Polity).

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Copyright information

© 2012 Jussi Parikka

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Parikka, J. (2012). Archives in Media Theory: Material Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities. In: Berry, D.M. (eds) Understanding Digital Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230371934_5

Download citation