Media Archaeology, Digital Humanities, and the Archives


Instructors: Caro Pinto and Shaun Trujillo

Workshop Dates: Monday July 21 and Tuesday July 22 - 10am to 4pm, with an hour provided for lunch.

Location: Art Building, Room 211 (Media Lab)

Credits: Noncredit

Tuition: $250

How will archivists and librarians save all the bits and bytes we produce digitally? Have you ever thought of a floppy disk as a cultural artifact? Come explore these questions and learn some of the practices that digital archivists use. This seminar will provide participants with a framework that introduces them to computational thinking, digital humanities, and code as text. Participants will experience digital forensics tools to analyze and recover information from new and old media sources. Questions include: What can code and programs tell us about the past? What can we learn about the cultural context of new media production and technological participation?

Participants will: 

  • Learn about the tools available to appraise and process born digital materials
  • Work with several of these tools and sample manuscript data hands-on 
  • Gain a framework for analyzing media objects as cultural artifacts
  • Be given an opportunity to discuss and develop possible workflows for managing born digital objects in their professional setting