PDF's for the readings can be found here: [link]
Week One (9/3-9/5): Things: An Introduction
- Aims and objectives
- Approaches to things
- Create a personal wiki page
Week Two (9/8-9/12): The Wheel
- Bulliet, R.W. 1990 : The camel and the wheel. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. e-book (on campus access only)
- Latour, B. 1994. 'Pragmatogonies: A Mythical Account of How Humans and Nonhumans Swap Properties'. The American Behavioral Scientist 37: 791-808.
Week Three (9/15-9/19): a Neolithic megalith
Week Four (9/22-9/26): an Ancient Greek perfume jar
- Shanks, M. 1995. 'Art and an archaeology of embodiment: some aspects of archaic Greece'. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 5: 1–38.
- Shanks, M. 1999: Art and the early Greek state, Cambridge. full PDF
Everyone must select a thing for the project by Friday, September 26
Week Five (9/29-10/3): Acrocorinth (a castle in the Greek Peloponnesus)
- Andrews, K. 2006: Castles of the Morea. American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
- Johnson, M. 2002. Behind the castle gate: from medieval to Renaissance. London: Routledge.
- MacKay, P. 1968. Acrocorinth in 1668, a Turkish Account. Hesperia, 386-397.
Week Six (10/6-10/10): a Moroccan watermill (with a few comparisons from Crete)
- Cresswell, R. 1993: Of Mills and Waterwheels: The hidden parameters of technological choice. In P. Lemonnier (ed) Technological Choices: Transformations in material cultures since the Neolithic. London: Routledge.
- Reynolds, J. 1970: Windmills & Watermills. London: Hugh Evelyn Limited.
Project Proposal due Friday, October 10
Week Seven (10/15-10/17): a map
- Latour, B. 1986: Visualization and cognition. Thinking with eyes and hands, in H. Kuklick, and E. Long (eds), Knowledge and society. Studies in the sociology of culture past and present Vol. 6, 1-40.
- Turnbull, D. 1994: Maps are territories. Science is an atlas. The University of Chicago Press.
Week Eight (10/20-10/24): the pocket watch
- Sobel, D. 1996: Longitude. London: 4th Estate.
Week Nine (10/27-10/31): the light bulb
- Hughes, T.P. 1983. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society 1880-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Reading Assignments here
- Hughes, T.P. 1985. 'Edison and electric light' in Mackenzie, D. and Wajcman, J. (eds.) The Social Shaping of Technology: How the Got Its Hum. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Week Ten (11/3-11/7): barbed wire
- Netz R. 2004. Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity. Wesleyan University Press.
Week Eleven (11/10-11/14): The portable radio
- Schiffer, M. 1991. The Portable Radio in American Life. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. (Selections TBA)
- Sterne, J. 2002. The Audible Past. The Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Duke University Press. (Selections TBA)
Week Twelve (11/16-11/21): the blade (including a detour through several thousand years of human evolution)
- Leroi-Gourhan, A. 1993. Gesture and Speech. Cambridge: The MIT Press. (Selections TBA)
- Wynn, T. 1985. Piaget, tools and the evolution of human intelligence. World Archaeology 17, 32-43.
Week Thirteen (11/24 and 12/1)): a camera (Thanksgiving recess 11/26 and 11/27)
- Manovich, L. 2006: Visual technologies as cognitive prostheses: A short history of the externalization of the mind. In M. Smith and J. Morra (ed.) The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman to a Biocultural Future, The MIT Press.
- Crary, J. 1992: Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century. The MIT Press.
Week Fourteen: the personal computer (12/3-12/5)
- Eames, C.E. 1990. A Computer Perspective: Background to the Computer Age. Harvard University Press.
- Manovich, L., 2001: The Language of New Media, Cambridge, MA. (Chapter 1; 18-61) manovich_deux0001.pdf
Week Fifteen (12/8-12/12): Project presentations
Final projects due: Friday December 12