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Martin Irvine

Martin Irvine has been a Professor at Georgetown University for over 20 years, and has done research and teaching in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields, including classical and modern languages and literature, philosophy, semiotics, art history, computer technology, and digital media.  He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he also learned computing on a Unix system in the 1980s and became the first liberal arts student to write a dissertation on a computer. This dual background in liberal arts and computing led to new opportunities in the 1990s, when the Internet and digital media began transforming research, teaching, and learning.  Dr. Irvine set up the first website at Georgetown University in 1993, and founded the Communication, Culture & Technology program (CCT) at Georgetown in 1995, which is the first interdisciplinary graduate program devoted to post-Internet media and communication (see: cct.georgetown.edu). He currently teaches graduate seminars on media, communications, semiotics, technology and culture (see: cct.georgetown.edu/irvine).In addition to his interdisciplinary academic background, Dr. Irvine has also been active in the Washington arts community for many years, and founded Irvine Contemporary gallery in Washington, DC in 2003 (closed in 2011). Through Irvine Contemporary, he curated over 20 major exhibitions, facilitated museum acquisitions and programs with artists, and worked with many of the leading artists of our time. He is also an enthusiastic promoter of contemporaryelectronic and mixed-genre music and multimedia art, and has hosted performances and exhibitions with Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky), Moby, and Yoko K. Dr. Irvine is currently writing two books, one on a new paradigm for media theory and another on the contemporary artworld and hybrid art forms. His recent publications include “The Work on the Street: Street Art and Visual Culture” (2012) (contributed book chapter in The Handbook of Visual Culture), which he is revising for his new book in progress.  Martin Irvine is a committed urbanite, and lives in Washington, DC.


My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, November 8

11:00am EST