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CFP: Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium


The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center welcomes panel proposals for the 2018 R-CADE Symposium, April 20, 2018. The Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) provides scholars and artists the opportunity to do hands-on work with digital ephemera.


The R-CADE defines ephemera broadly––nearly any digital artifact can be considered “digital ephemera,” from the early videogames like Spacewar! to websites like Friendster to the iPhone 5. Given the pervasiveness of planned obsolescence, there are seemingly infinite technologies that fit the category of “digital ephemera.” Unlike many archives, the R-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are encouraged to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts as they attempt to understand their significance, explore possibilities, and retell the histories of digital technology. While the R-CADE does not preserve in the sense of keeping objects in their “original” condition, the archive is in fact an exercise in the preservation of digital culture. By allowing for the study and exploration of digital ephemera, the R-CADE aims to ensure these digital artifacts a place in our histories and our various scholarly conversations. R-CADE research outcomes may be presented in various formats including papers, lectures, remakes, hacks, performances, art objects, and other media forms.

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