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Andreas Kitzmann

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Department of Humanities

Associate Professor
Humanities Program Coordinator

Office: Founders College, 321
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 88703
Email: kitzmann@yorku.ca

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Professor Andreas Kitzmann has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Other interests include the intersections between design, architecture and experience and the role that memory plays in the construction of individual and collective identity. His current project focuses on the revival of analog technologies in the post-digital age with a specific interest in the modular synthesizer as a tool to think about the relationship between technology and creative practice.

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Professor Andreas Kitzmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University. He received his PhD in comparative literature from McGill University and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Among his publications is Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang, 2004) and Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann. University of Toronto Press.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
BA, McGill University
BA, Trinity Western University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Arts and Culture, Technology and Culture, Digital Technology and Culture, Design Architecture, Consumer Culture, Popular Culture, Life Writing and The Internet, Technology and Creativity, Media, Technology and Culture

Current Research Projects

Modular Synthesis and Analogue Aesthetics: materiality and practice in the Post-Digital Age

    Summary:

    I am interested in exploring analogue things in a digital age in order to identify conditions of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity ….. as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto digital and analogue objects and the intimate technologies we own, thus adding to the discourse around digitization of everyday things.

    Description:

    My current research production uses a practice theory perspective (eg. Reckwitz, 2002) to investigate instances of sound practice in a particular community of technology use by focusing on the community and product offerings in and around contemporary modular synthesizers and their growing popularity in the “Eurorack” format, in order to investigate the attraction and allure of analogue things in a digital age. This project explores issues of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto objects and the intimate technologies we own, and the search for meaningful technological encounters.

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    Role: Principle Investigator, along with Claes Thoren, Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2017

    Collaborator: Claes Thoren
    Collaborator Institution: Uppsala University, Sweden
    Collaborator Role: Co-investigator

Books

Publication
Year

Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann and Julia Creet. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

The Hypertext Handbook: the Straight Story. New York: Peter Lang Publications, 2006.

2006

Saved From Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams. Digital Formations.New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004.

2004

Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzman, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Between the Inside and the Outside: Memorial Tattoos and the Externalization of Loss." The Tattoo Project Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Ed. Deborah Davidson.

2017

“The Machines that Write Us: Social Media and the Evolution of the Autobiographical Subject” A History of English Autobiography, ed. Adam Symth. Cambridge University Press, 2016

2016

"Hypertext in the Attic: the past, present and future of digital writing."Budra, Paul and Burnham, Clint, ed. From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 2012

2012

"Cultural and Social Memory of Migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Ness, Immanuel, ed. London: Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

2011

"Frames of Memory: WWII German Expellees in Canada." Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Creet, Julia and Kitzmann, Andreas. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

'The Page, the Camera and the Network: Media and the Materiality of Memory.' Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publications, 2005.

2005

"Transparency, Standardization and Servitude: the Paradoxes of Friendly Software." Perspectives on Multimedia: Communication, Media and Information Technology. Eds. Burnett, Robert and Brunstrom, Anna, and Nilsson, Anders. New York: J. Wiley, 2004.

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Hipster’s Dilemma: what is analogue or digital in the post-digital society?” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Forthcoming. Available online as of June 15, 2017. Co-published with Claes Thorén, Mats Edenius, and Jenny Eriksson Lundström.

2017

“Replicants, Imposters and the Real Deal: Issues of non-use and technology resistance in vintage and software instruments.” First Monday. Vol. 20, No. 11, November, 2015.

2015

“Re-Visiting the Web Cam and the Promises and Perils of the Fully Networked Age.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.2 (Spring) 2015.

2015

"The Material Turn: Making Digital Media Real (again). Canadian Journal of Communication. 2005 December, vol. 30, no. 4.

2005

'That Different Place: Documenting the Self Within On-Line Environments.' Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly 26.1 (Winter 2003): 48-65.

2003

"Pioneer Spirits and the Lure of Technology: Vannevar Bush's Desk, Theodor Nelson's World." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology. 2001 Fall, vol. 9, no. 3.

2001

"Parables of the Network: The Lures and Spils of Global Economics." Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 1998 Autumn, vol. 4, no. 3.

1998


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR4810 6.0 A Architecture and Social Change ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR4810 6.0 A Architecture and Social Change ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN


Professor Andreas Kitzmann has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Other interests include the intersections between design, architecture and experience and the role that memory plays in the construction of individual and collective identity. His current project focuses on the revival of analog technologies in the post-digital age with a specific interest in the modular synthesizer as a tool to think about the relationship between technology and creative practice.

Professor Andreas Kitzmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University. He received his PhD in comparative literature from McGill University and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Among his publications is Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang, 2004) and Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann. University of Toronto Press.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
BA, McGill University
BA, Trinity Western University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Arts and Culture, Technology and Culture, Digital Technology and Culture, Design Architecture, Consumer Culture, Popular Culture, Life Writing and The Internet, Technology and Creativity, Media, Technology and Culture

Current Research Projects

Modular Synthesis and Analogue Aesthetics: materiality and practice in the Post-Digital Age

    Summary:

    I am interested in exploring analogue things in a digital age in order to identify conditions of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity ….. as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto digital and analogue objects and the intimate technologies we own, thus adding to the discourse around digitization of everyday things.

    Description:

    My current research production uses a practice theory perspective (eg. Reckwitz, 2002) to investigate instances of sound practice in a particular community of technology use by focusing on the community and product offerings in and around contemporary modular synthesizers and their growing popularity in the “Eurorack” format, in order to investigate the attraction and allure of analogue things in a digital age. This project explores issues of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto objects and the intimate technologies we own, and the search for meaningful technological encounters.

    Project Type: Self-Funded
    Role: Principle Investigator, along with Claes Thoren, Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Start Date:
      Month: May   Year: 2017

    Collaborator: Claes Thoren
    Collaborator Institution: Uppsala University, Sweden
    Collaborator Role: Co-investigator

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Between the Inside and the Outside: Memorial Tattoos and the Externalization of Loss." The Tattoo Project Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Ed. Deborah Davidson.

2017

“The Machines that Write Us: Social Media and the Evolution of the Autobiographical Subject” A History of English Autobiography, ed. Adam Symth. Cambridge University Press, 2016

2016

"Hypertext in the Attic: the past, present and future of digital writing."Budra, Paul and Burnham, Clint, ed. From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 2012

2012

"Cultural and Social Memory of Migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Ness, Immanuel, ed. London: Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

2011

"Frames of Memory: WWII German Expellees in Canada." Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Creet, Julia and Kitzmann, Andreas. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

'The Page, the Camera and the Network: Media and the Materiality of Memory.' Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publications, 2005.

2005

"Transparency, Standardization and Servitude: the Paradoxes of Friendly Software." Perspectives on Multimedia: Communication, Media and Information Technology. Eds. Burnett, Robert and Brunstrom, Anna, and Nilsson, Anders. New York: J. Wiley, 2004.

2004

Books

Publication
Year

Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann and Julia Creet. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

The Hypertext Handbook: the Straight Story. New York: Peter Lang Publications, 2006.

2006

Saved From Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams. Digital Formations.New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004.

2004

Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzman, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Hipster’s Dilemma: what is analogue or digital in the post-digital society?” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Forthcoming. Available online as of June 15, 2017. Co-published with Claes Thorén, Mats Edenius, and Jenny Eriksson Lundström.

2017

“Replicants, Imposters and the Real Deal: Issues of non-use and technology resistance in vintage and software instruments.” First Monday. Vol. 20, No. 11, November, 2015.

2015

“Re-Visiting the Web Cam and the Promises and Perils of the Fully Networked Age.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.2 (Spring) 2015.

2015

"The Material Turn: Making Digital Media Real (again). Canadian Journal of Communication. 2005 December, vol. 30, no. 4.

2005

'That Different Place: Documenting the Self Within On-Line Environments.' Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly 26.1 (Winter 2003): 48-65.

2003

"Pioneer Spirits and the Lure of Technology: Vannevar Bush's Desk, Theodor Nelson's World." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology. 2001 Fall, vol. 9, no. 3.

2001

"Parables of the Network: The Lures and Spils of Global Economics." Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 1998 Autumn, vol. 4, no. 3.

1998


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR4810 6.0 A Architecture and Social Change ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR4810 6.0 A Architecture and Social Change ONLN
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN