William Uricchio

[ Massachusetts Instiute of Technology ]


William Uricchio (PhD NYU) is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and professor of comparative media history at Utrecht University. He has held visiting professorships at Stockholm University, the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Science and Technology of China, Philips Universität Marburg and Georg-August Universität Göttingen; and Guggenheim, Fulbright and Humboldt fellowships and the Berlin Prize have supported his research. At MIT, Uricchio is principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. His scholarly research considers the interplay of media technologies and cultural practices in relation to the (re-) construction of representation, knowledge and publics. In part, he researches and develops new histories of ‘old’ media when they were new (early photography, telephony, film, broadcasting, and today’s ‘new’ media). And in part, he investigates media cultures and their audiences through research into such areas as peer-to-peer communities and cultural citizenship, media and cultural identity, and historical representation. He is currently completing a manuscript on the concept of the televisual from the 17th century to the present and a manuscript on the cultural work of algorithms.