Hall Center For The Humanities


Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College

"Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy"
Workshops : Social Implications of Digital Media Workshop

Thu., Feb. 3, 2011, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, will examine the crisis facing academic publishing today. Rather than simply suggesting technological solutions, she will focus on the social, institutional, and intellectual changes that will be required within the academy for any such technological change to be viable. These changes will affect the ways that scholars approach their work, first and foremost, but will also require large-scale rethinking about the role that scholarly publishing plays within the contemporary university.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is the co-founder of the digital scholarly network, MediaCommons (http://mediacommons. futureofthebook.org), and has published articles and notes in numerous journals, including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal. Her first book, The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (2006), was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and was selected as a "book of the month" by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies. Her presentation for the Hall Center draws upon her current book project of the same title, forthcoming from NYU Press and available for open peer review online (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/ mcpress/plannedobsolescence).

Dr. Fitzpatrick was honored with the ACLS Graves Award in the Humanities in 2002 and was a recipient in 2008 of an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant for  MediaCommons. She received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Louisiana State University and her Ph.D. in English from New York University.

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