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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Media History Symposium...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm

10:00-12:00 An Encounter with the “Ghosts of the Horseshoe” iPad App (Heidi Rae Cooley and Duncan Buell)

Ghosts of the Horseshoe is a mobile interactive application for iPad that brings into view the largely unknown history of slavery that made materially possible the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe. Drawing on the scholarly public history website “Slavery at South Carolina College,” Ghosts invites participants to interact with this history in situ. By means of GPS and Augmented Reality (AR) functionalities, Ghosts aims to cultivate awareness of and questions about what is a surprisingly intact “landscape of slavery.”

We will meet in front of the South Caroliniana Library on the Horseshoe to begin our exploration.

3:30-5:30 Media History and Historiography Seminar (Hollings Room, Thomas Cooper Library)

This seminar will explore how historians and theorists of mass media and media technologies—from radio and television to satellites and Google Earth—conceptualize the past, utilize archival materials and historical data, and explore the porous boundaries between the local and the global in transnational media environments. For readings designed to get the conversation going, paste the following into your web browser: