Hi all,

Welcome to a special theme week devoted to Books as Screens [November
30-December 4]

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This week’s In Media Res line-up:

·        Monday November 30, 2009 Hollis Griffin (Northwestern University)
Presents: "Talking Heads: Books, Authors, and Television News"

·        Tuesday December 1, 2009 Elizabeth Lenaghan (Northwestern
University) Presents: "How do you hide behind a Kindle? Using Books as
Screens on Screen"

·        Wednesday December 2, 2009 Ted Striphas (Indiana
University) Presents:  "Selling Bookselling"

·        Thursday December 3, 2009 Lisa Gitelman (New York University)
Presents: "What Are Books?"

·        Friday December 4, 2009 Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Pomona College)
Presents: "Possible or Probable?: An Imagined Future of the Book"

Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a


In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal
forms of online scholarship.

Each day, a different scholar will curate a 30-second to 3-minute video
clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic

We use the title "curator" because, like a curator in a museum, you are
repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through
your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way.

The clip/comment combination are intended to both introduce the curator's
work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who
frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that

Theme weeks are designed to generate a networked conversation between
curators. All the posts for that week will thematically overlap and the
participating curators each agree to comment on one another's work.

Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public
about contemporary approaches to studying media.

In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with
media at a pace closer to how we typically experience media

In Media Res is a publication of MediaCommons. MediaCommons is a strong
advocate for the right of media scholars to quote from the materials they
analyze, as protected by the principle of "fair use." If such quotation is
necessary to a scholar's argument, if the quotation serves to support a
scholar's original analysis or pedagogical purpose, and if the quotation
does not harm the market value of the original text -- but rather, and on
the contrary, enhances it -- we must defend the scholar's right to quote
from the media texts under study.

For more information, please contact In Media Res’ coordinating editor, Avi
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Carnelia Gipson   (Research Assistant)

Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: