Activity

Organization

Conference organizer, The Digital Keywords Workshop. The University of Tulsa. October 2014.

Conference organizer, “Conversations and Communications in Memory of James Carey,” Columbia University, Oct. 2007.

Conference co-organizer, “Russia Online: Mapping the Russian-Language Blogosphere,” Columbia School of Journalism, Harriman, and Berkman, October 2008.

Group founder and organizer, The Digital Working Group, the University of Tulsa, monthly 2011-Present.

Group co-organizer, “Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyber Scholar Working Group,” monthly 2007-2010.

Workshop organizer, Big Picture Questions: Toward 9.5 Theses on Internet & Society. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. March 2015.

Workshop organizer, History Workshop, Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, July 2007.

Panel organizer, “A Book Panel on Adam Miller’s Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology” with Joseph Spencer, and (author) Adam Miller. Mormon Scholars in Humanities. Claremont College, May 2014.

Panel organizer, “Divine Databases” with Menahem Blondheim, Sharrona Pearl, John Durham Peters, and Stewart Hoover. International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012.

Panel co-organizer, “Future Shocked: Histories of Forward-Looking Technology Ideas and Institutions” with Devon Powers, Jennifer Petersen, Jefferson Pooley, Stephanie Schulte, and Fred Turner. 2016 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Conference, Stanford, October 2016.

Panel co-organizer, “CTRL+N: Opening the New beyond Computational Media History” with Andrea Dixon, C. W. Anderson, and Robert Horwitz. Communication Colloquium at Columbia University, New York, October 2015.

Panel co-organizer, “Rewriting the Digital: Alternative Histories of New Media” with Molly Wright Steenson, Megan Sapnar Ankerson, Kevin Driscoll, and Alice Marwick. International Communication Association, Seattle, May 2014.

Panel co-organizer, “What We Now Call Communications” with Geof Bowker, Peter
Schaefer, and Fred Turner. International Communication Association. May 2009.

Panel co-organizer, “Doing New Media History” with Carolyn Marvin, Jonathan Sterne, and Lisa Gitelman, International Communication Association, Montreal, May 2008.

Host for the 92 Y broadcast “Automation and Us” a Conversation between Nicholas Carr and Tim Wu,” B’nai Emunah Synagogue, Tulsa, OK, September 30, 2014.

Recent Invited Lectures

(Planned Keynote) “The Wages of Networks” Computer Network Histories, Lugano, Switzerland, December 2017.

“When Networks Bite Back: Toward a Comparative History of Network Gap Analysis” University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amherst, Massachusetts, April 2017.

Panelist, “Black Sea Films,” Department of Slavic Literature & Languages, Yale University, April 2017.

“Beyond the Book: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet,” The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 2017; also, Media History Research Centre, Concordia University, Montreal, September 2016; also, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, November 2016.

“The Soviet Internet, Digital Keywords, & Other Coordinates of Media Research,” Center for Digital Cultures, Leuphana Universitaet, Lueneburg, Germany, May 2016.

“History and Memorialization,” visiting lecture for TU global scholars study abroad, Berlin, Germany, May 2016.

“Beyond the Soviet Internet,” Shift CTRL: New Perspectives on Computing and New Media, Stanford University, Stanford, May 2016.

“Thought Labs: Steps toward a History of Computing,” Digital Culture Symposium, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, December 2015.

“The Soviet Internet: Beyond the Book,” Communication Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, December 2015.

“Computing and its Thought Labs,” Communication Colloquium at Columbia University, New York, October 2015.

What is the Digital Doing in Digital Democracy?” (Audio and slides begin at 20:50). Roundtable panel in the 2015 Frontiers of New Media Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, September, 2015.

“9.5 Theses toward Internet Reformation,” a guest e-lecture in English and Russian for a humanities class at a Russian university, May 28, 2015.

“The Soviet Internet: How Not to Network a Nation,” the Communications Colloquium at Columbia University, New York, March 2, 2015, and the Ideas Lunch Talk Series with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, March 5, 2015.

“Beyond Borders: An Unhurried Look at Russia and Ukraine” at the United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, January 13, 2015.

“The Soviet Internet: A Discussion” at the University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, June 2, 2014.

“Empire and Internet: the Unlikely Soviet Case,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, October 24, 2013

“Rereading the Legendary Dewey-Lippmann Debate,” Peking University, Nov 9, 2012

“Digital Media before Mass Media? A Historical Review and Revision” Peking University, Nov. 10, 2012

“A Roundtable on Contemporary Media Research,” Peking University, Nov. 10, 2012

“Communication Systems” for Prof. Yevgen Fedchenko, Director of Mohyla School of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2012.

“Emigration and Mediation,” for Prof. Hanna Adoni, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, May 2011.

“So You are Thinking of Getting a PhD? A Workshop on the PhD Application Process,” Hebrew University, November 2010.

“New, Digital, Social and Other Media Misnomers” Hebrew University, Jerusalem, November 2010; also, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, November 2010.

“Doing Global Network Studies” HumLab, University of Umeå, Sweden, October 2010.

“Around 1950: Communication, Telephones, Computers,” Universidad de Navarra,
Pamplona, Spain, June 2010.

“The Soviet NyetWorks,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, December 2009.

“The Long View of Cybernetics,” for Prof. Trebor Scholtz, the New School, September
2009, February 2010.

“Comprehensive Network Designs and Other Cold War Cautions,” the Columbia Institute
for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School, August 2009.

The Failure of the Soviet Internet,” Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton. Feb. 2009.

“Digital Communication and its Discontents: A Look at the Twentieth-Century Study of
Information,” Södertörns University, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2008.

Why the Soviet Internet Failed” Cyberscholar Working Group, Berkman Center, Harvard University, October 2008.

“Information and its Discontents from the Cold War to the Internet” and “Novelty as a
Problem in Media History,” Moscow State University, May 2008 (in Russian).

Recent Conference Presentations

“Cold War Networks and Cybernetics in Global Perspective” Verhaltensdesign. Bildungs-, Erziehungs- und Regierungsprogramme. Berlin, Germany. December 2016.

“Breaking the Soviet Internet: Beyond the Book,” Association for Slavic, Eastern European, & Eurasian Studies, Washington DC, November 2016.

“Thought Labs: Steps toward a History of Computing,” 2016 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Conference, Stanford, CA, October 2016.

“In Defense of Black Boxes: A Critical Revision of the Concept” (plenary keynote), Unlocking the Black Box: The Promise and Limits of Algorithmic Accounting in the Professions, the Information Society Project, Yale Law School, New Haven, April 2016.

“The Soviet Internet: How Not to Network a Nation,” The American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2016.

“Soviet Internet: Beyond the Book,” presentation published in proceedings of The Fourth All-Ukrainian Scientific-Practical Conference: Cybersocium, Myth or Reality? Kyiv, Ukraine, December 2015.

“Institutions and the Making of Ideas about New Media,” The Computational Media Workshop Pre-Conference: National Communication Association, Las Vegas, November 2015.

“The Bit Was Made Flesh: Interwar Thought Laboratories.” Networking East and West: Communications, Commerce, Culture Conference. Renmin University, Beijing, China, July 2014.

With John Durham Peters, “Norbert Wiener as Pragmatist.” Nordic Pragmatism and Communication Conference. Helsinki, Finland, June 2014.

“How Networked Forums Precede Computing” Communication History Division, the International Communication Association, Seattle, May 2014.

With Nicholas John, “Is the End Always Near? Analysing claims to the end of privacy, 1990-2012,” the International Communication Association, Seattle, May 2014.

(Declined) “The USSR, Inc.: Command Economy as Corporation and the OGAS, 1961­1981.” The Business History Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, March 2014.

“Infrastructure and Four Other Ways to Rethink Social Media,” The Beijing Forum, Peking University, Nov. 6, 2012

“Saving Information: Mormonism and Open-Source.” International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012. Panel video.

“Technological Utopianisms in Early Soviet Networks” The First Princeton Young Scholars’ Interdisciplinary Conference on Soviet Science and Technology: The Great Experiment Revisited: Soviet Science and Techno-utopianism. Princeton, NJ, February 2012. And International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012.

“Why There Was No Soviet Internet” CARTA, Tulsa, OK, April 2012.

Computational Fundamentalism From Cold War Cybernetics to Citizens United.” International Communication Association, Philosophy, Boston, May 2011.

Digital and New Media Discourse in Early Soviet Computer Networks.” International Communication Association, History Interest Group, Boston, May 2011.

“Networks, Hierarchies, and the Collapse of the Cold War Digital Mindset.” Mediating War and Technology Pre-Conference, International Communication Association, History Interest Group, Boston, May 2011.

“Global Network Studies: An Introduction.” ECREA: European Communication
Conference, Doing Global Media Studies, October 2010, (with travel grant).

“The Soviet Internet from Cybernetics to Cyber Networks,” The Etiology and Ecology of
Post-Soviet Communication, Columbia University, May 2010.

Arendt and the Creative Toil of Counting,” The Internet as Playground and Factory, New
School, November 2009.

“Josiah Royce, Aleksandr Bogdanov, and Other Precursors to Cybernetics,” Society for
Social Studies of Sciences, Washington DC, October 2009.

“Information and the Problem of Organization” International Summer School on Self-
Reinforcing Processes. Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany, July 2009.

“Why the Soviet Internet Failed” Beyond East and West, Central European University,
Budapest, June 2009. Also, MiT 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2009.

“Feedback and its Philosophers,” International Communication Association, May 2009.

Media We Do Not Yet Know How to Talk about: A New Media History Preface,”
Communication history interest group pre-conference, International Communication
Association, Chicago, May 2009.

“A World Already in Motion: On the Origins of Information, Organization, Feedback,”
Thinking and Making Connections: Cybernetic Heritage in the Social and Human Sciences and Beyond. Södertörns University, Stockholm, Sweden. November 2008.

PLUS 14 other conference presentations, 2004-2009.


Publication Forums

Associate editor and founding member, International Collaborative Dictionary of
Communications
, Social Science Research Center, launched 2010.

Managing editor and founding member, Zhe: Stanford Student Journal for Russian Studies, Stanford, 2004-2005.

Executive editor, Perspectives: Online Journal of Germanic and Slavic Studies, 2002-2004.

Associate editor, Sigma: Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 2003.


Reading groups

Member, Fictions of God and Time in a Post-Human Age, Van Leer Institute, 2010-2011.

Founding member, New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World, Harriman
Institute, 2009-2010.

Member, Visual Studies and Media Theory, Columbia University, 2008-2009.


Recent Grants and Fellowships

Faculty Fellow, Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, 2014-2015

Internationalization Faculty Grant, the University of Tulsa, 2013-2015

Faculty Grant, the University of Tulsa, 2011-2012

Faculty Summer Development Grant, the University of Tulsa, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Fellowship, Nevzlin Center for the Study of Russian Jewry, Hebrew University, 2010-2011

Scholarship, Kenneth E and Becky H Johnson Foundation, 2010-2011

Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University, 2010-2011

Junior Fellowship, Harriman Institute, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Hazard Fellowship for Russian Legal Studies, Harriman Institute, 2007-2008, 2008-2009

PLUS 15 other grants, fellowships, and scholarships 1999-2009.

Publication Referee

Journal of Communication
New Media & Society
Media Culture & Society
Theory Culture & Society
Technology & Culture
International Journal of Communication
Proceedings of the IEEE
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Big Data & Society
Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media
Journal of Communication Inquiry
Communication & the Public
Communication Theory
Convergence
Russian Journal of Communication
Slavic Review
Cahiers du monde russe
Communication and the Public
International Communication Association (History and Philosophy, Theory, and Critique Divisions, among others)

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