Introduction and Invitations
Hello! Thank you for visiting the Frontiers of New Media Symposium. My name is Rob MacDougall. I study and teach the history of communication technology, and I am delighted to be the new Simmons Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Communication at the University of Utah. I’ve only recently arrived here, and like every other time I’ve come to Salt Lake City and the U, I’ve been bowled over by the beauty of this place and the warmth of the welcome I’ve gotten from everyone here.
I was lucky enough to take part in the 2007 Frontiers of New Media Symposium, and I am being quite sincere when I say that it was one of the most exciting, energizing, and congenial conferences or symposia I’ve ever attended. I’m very excited about the 2009 symposium, now just a few weeks away. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to continue the conversations that began at the 2007 symposium, and to start new ones, about the past, present, and future frontiers of media old and new.
The symposium proper will take place on September 18th and 19th, in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building at the University of Utah. But there is no reason we must wait until the 18th to begin our conversation, and there is no reason they must end on the 19th. In that spirit, I offer a few invitations:
If you are participating in the symposium, and there is anything you would like to share before you arrive–it may be as formal as a precirculated paper, or as informal as a query about where to get good Mexican food while you are here–please email it to me or Sean Lawson and we will post it here. Or, simply ask us for an ID on this site and you can post here yourself.
If you are at the University of Utah or in the Salt Lake City area, please watch this space for news and information about the symposium, and please do join us for AnnaLee Saxenian’s keynote address on September 18th and the panel discussions on September 19th.
And if you are too far away to join us in the flesh, please check back at this site or follow along with the RSS feed or on Twitter. We’ll be posting about the symposium as it approaches and will continue to post afterwards with session notes, follow ups, and more. Wherever you are, you are absolutely welcome to take part in the conversation–at this site, or on whatever social media platform makes you happy. Please join in!