Technopathology presentation

I'll be presenting Technologies as Epidemics: Contagious, Pathological Usership as part of the panel Relating to the Other: Viral Discourses and the Self during Contagion, the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts 2016 Meeting. It will be at the University of South Carolina – Columbia Oct 13-15. I'm presenting Friday morning.


Fight video article

My article Participation, Pain, and World-Making: Affective Political Economies of Irish Traveller Fight Videos appears in the journal Television and New Media. Abstract: This article examines media participation through affective political economy, using as a case study the documentary Knuckle, a profile of Irish Traveller fighting. The film incorporates videos recorded by fighters and their families. Boasts and threats from one clan to another expand in circulation and become increasingly monetized as they are repackaged. Combing media political economy with Sarah Ahmed’s concept of affective economies, this article explores how, through such circulation, the videos help accomplish the affective work of world building, not only within Traveller society but also beyond it in realms such as mixed martial arts (MMA).

Food Systems publication

My article with Sallie Hambright-Belue, "Pedagogies of Spatial Perception: Collaborative Insights from Rural Food Systems" appears in the journal Space and Communication. Abstract: An ongoing exploration into the teaching of space is the focus of this article. As instructors of architecture and communication, the authors have collaborated on engaging and researching the spatial aspects of a common service-learning project for their client, Feed and Seed, a new, nonprofit food hub in South Carolina. Initially, we collaborated as colleagues comparing notes from our separate classes; we are now co-teaching an interdisciplinary class.  We describe encouraging spatial perception among our students and distill four pedagogical strategies for teaching spatial perception: encouraging students to conceptualize sites and locations as, not neutral, geographic places, but meaningful, affective spaces in the experiences of everyday life. We synthesize four strategies: experiencing, uncovering, conceptualizing, and articulating. We conclude by providing examples of tactical implementation.

Food systems student work

This video shows the work done in the Creative Inquiry class Site-Specific Messaging: Communicating Food, Identity, and Culture. I've taught this for two semesters with Sallie Hambright-Belue in the Architecture Department at Clemson, and our client has been Feed & Seed, a food hub in Greenville South Carolina working with Spinx convenience stores. Students from Communication, Architecture, English and Landscape Architecture works on site designs and messaging strategies for a community garden at a gas station in Greenville.


The awesome Sarah Banet-Weiser has a nice description of my essay on telephone training films from American Quarterly. She's the editor of their flagship journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. They also have my essay available for download: "Intimacy Threats and Intersubjective Users: Telephone Training Films, 1927–1962." 

Nice mention in EJMS

A book review in the European Journal of Cultural Studies has nice things to say about my essay, "Intimate threats and intersubjective users: Telephone training films, 1927-1962," originally published in American Quarterly:

The first section, ‘Sound Technologies and Subjectivities’, includes some excellent articles on our technologised interactions with sound, some with a historical focus as in D. Travers Scott’s analysis of a set of telephone training films produced from 1927 to 1962. Though focusing on materials from the past Scott’s arguments provide a useful and lucid theorisation of the peculiar ‘intimate intersubjectivity’ of telephone conversations (pp. 46-47).


Presenting at ASA in LA

I'll be presenting "Pained Bodies, Passionate Pleasures: 
The Affective Economy of Irish Travelers’ Fight Videos" at noon on November 9th at the American Studies Association, meeting in Los Angeles. It will be part of a panel on MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting.

New article on analog synthesizers and gender

I've got a piece in the "Retro Technologies" issue of Technoculture titled, “Music to Moog By”: Gendering in Early Analog Synthesizing in the United States."