Colloquium – Old Media and the Medieval Concept
Media history is typically divided into three periods: before, during, and after the hegemony of print. The goal of “Old Media and the Medieval Concept” is to upset this periodization, by bringing medieval studies into conversation with respondents from book history, media archaeology, game studies, and other cognate disciplines to generate new inter- and intradisciplinary frameworks for understanding the long history of media. There are many sites of affinity between the old media of medieval culture and the new media of digital culture.
Do these reflect long-term continuities in media technology that periodization has obscured, or are they signs of the deliberate imitation and remediation of older forms? Addressing this question from multiple perspectives will enable us to model new configurations of discipline, periodization, and authority in our work, in our fields, and in our engagements with the broader public.