Heidi Rae Cooley talk (March 9)


Please join the Digital Studies Workshop for a lecture by Heidi Rae Cooley (University of South Carolina)

“Sensing Place: Habit Change in the Connected Present”

When: March 9 2017, 4PM
Where: North Quad, Room 2435 (light refreshments will be provided)


Dr. Heidi Rae Cooley’s monograph Finding Augusta: Habit and Governance in the Digital Present (Dartmouth College Press 2014)–winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2015 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award–considers routine practices that define the mobile present. Her recent work argues that because digital technologies set places, persons, things, and information in constant motion, habits of locatability and navigation assume decisive social and political importance. As such, Cooley argues that we should attend to the everyday habits of finding places, persons, and information that mobile media encourage and discourage. Cooley’s talk will expand on these issues and include a demo of the most recent version of Ward One App, a mobile app for iPhone that presents the unacknowledged history of urban renewal that made possible the expansion of the University of South Carolina at the expense of a predominately African American community.