Mara Mills, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn and an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara (on leave 2009-10), will give a talk as part of the University of Iowa International Programs Major Project at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building.
Mills’ talk, titled “Cut-ups for Squares: Audio Tape and Speech Compression, 1945-1960,” will explore the use of tape “cut-ups” in industrial and scientific settings, mainly in the interests of efficient communication.
“Taping the World” is a project that focuses on the cultural resonances of the tape recorder. John Durham Peters, professor and chair of the UI Department of Communication Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, are investigating the social, cultural, historical and aesthetic impact of the tape recorder and the ways in which the tape recorder has altered communication and discourse since its popularization in the mid-20th century.
Mills received her master’s degree in biology and her doctorate in history of science from Harvard University. Her interests include media studies, disability studies, science and literature studies, and the histories of communication engineering and biotechnology.
For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans at 319-335-3862.