Grant Wythoff, the symposium's guest curator and keynote speaker, is currently a visiting fellow with the Center for Humanities and Information at Pennsylvania State University and is interested in the history and theory of media technologies, 20th-century American literature, the history of method in the humanities, and science fiction. His book, The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction, was published in the University of Minnesota Press's Electronic Mediations series, and is a pilot project for the Manifold Scholarship interactive book platform. His next book is a cultural history of the gadget from 19th-century nautical techniques to the 21st-century smartphone.
The Rutgers–Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) makes digital technology available to scholars for research and creative activities. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance. Learn more about the symposium.