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Friday Seminar Series: Media Waste, Trash and Nostalgia: Reading the Digital Present Through the Residues of the Past


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

11 Sep 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

11 Sep 2015 2:00 pm


Room 346, Level 3 (ground level) Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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A School of Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

Presented by Dr Kathleen Williams

About the presentation
Collections of vinyls, CDs, VHS and DVDs have long been the hallmark of an avid media consumer. But as material objects wane in sales and popularity, how are audiences re-conceptualising the media object? What becomes an object of trash, and what becomes an object of appreciation? This paper charts some of the ways that media consumers are forcing the analogue past to persist in the present in order to address shifting notions of materiality. Through the frame of nostalgia, this presentation positions the current historicisation of media objects as a way to read the present and future of popular media.

About the presenter
Kathleen Williams is a lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communications. Her research is preoccupied with the unintended or unexpected uses of media technologies, particularly in relation to how cinema is negotiated into online spaces.

Event details
When | Friday 11 September 2015, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where | Room 346 Humanities Building

All welcome. Contact us on 6226 2350 if you need further information or directions to the venue.

Seminar Flyer (PDF 171.3KB)


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