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What can digital data tell us about theater performances?

by brianajo August 2, 2021

This is a guest post by Miguel Escobar Varela, author of Theater as Data: Computational Journeys into Theater Research. He is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. Follow him on Twitter, @migueljogja. This volume is available for open access online reading and for purchase in hardcover and paperback.  Performances are ephemeral and dynamic. At first glance, data might seem ill-suited to catch the complexity of the performing arts. However, performances – like much of our daily activities – leave digital traces behind, such as scripts, touring records, program booklets, playbills, videos, and reviews. When processed […]

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The Spotification of Podcasting and How We Save New Sounds

by brianajo July 19, 2021

This is a guest post by Jeremy Morris, co-editor alongside Eric Hoyt, of Saving New Sounds: Podcast Preservation and Historiography. He is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Follow him on Twitter, @jerdotcom. This volume is available for open access online reading and for purchase in paperback.  A few years ago, most podcast listeners would have associated podcasting with Apple – the company that introduced the iconic iPod from which podcasting, in part, gets its name. But Spotify is quickly displacing the computer giant when it comes to this emerging media format. Since 2017, […]

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Meet Recent U-M Press Authors of Books on Music

by Shaun Manning November 11, 2020

The American Musicological Society conference, held annually in November, is online this year spanning two weekends. While we were not able to meet authors, educators, and researchers in person this year, we enjoyed Week 1 of Virtual AMS November 7-8, and held a special “off site” book launch party on Zoom.  The event was recorded and you can see it here: Here are the authors who attended: Kyle Barnett, Record Cultures Carl Woideck, Charlie Parker Stephen Millar, Sounding Dissent Mimi Haddon, What is Post-Punk? Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Music on the Move A.D. Carson, i used to love to dream Heather MacLachlan, Singing Out Mike Maizels, In and Out of Phase […]

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Author Live Talk Series from University of Michigan Press

by Shaun Manning May 29, 2020

University of Michigan Press is proud to announce our inaugural series of virtual author talks. Beginning in June and running throughout the summer, U-M Press will host weekly conversations with prominent scholars in political science, classical studies, history, musicology, and more under the Author Live Talk Series banner. Audiences will be treated to compelling stories on topics including history’s enduring lies, the migration of music across time and place, and the satire of Roman epic poet Lucretius. Attendance is free for all events, but please register in advance to make sure you receive the session link and password ahead of the […]

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War, Brexit and British National Identity

by Shaun Manning July 26, 2019
Always at War by Thomas Colley cover

This is a guest blog post by Thomas Colley, lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London. His book Always at War: British Public Narratives of War will be published in August 2019. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasColley Why have people forgotten 9/11? This question intrigued me as I travelled around Britain researching the stories ordinary British people tell about war. Raised in England, I finished high school a few months after 9/11. Like so many others, I remember exactly what I was doing at the time – what psychologists call a “flashbulb memory.” It was portrayed as a day the world changed – […]

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