Media History


The Media History Research Centre (MHRC) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers examining historical developments in media technologies and communication ranging from the ARPANET to the ZX Spectrum. Theory and methods of media historiography are central to the MHRC, with a focus on emerging but robust subfields such as media archaeology, variantology, new materialism, circulation theory, and technology writing. Projects underway include a survey of the history of Artificial Intelligence in political campaigns, developing data mining and visualization search tools for digital media analysis through Project Arclight, and the Residual Media Depot’s collection of early video game consoles.

Information for Prospective Students and Collaborators

MHRC welcomes graduate students with interest and expertise in the following areas:


Fenwick McKelvey Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Darren Weshler Associate Professor
Department of English

MHRC’s membership is made up of students and faculty in the following programs: