2018 March 17—When Mississippi John Hurt’s Head Moved

glitching region & race at the 1964 berkeley folk music festival @ current research in digital history 2018, roy rosenzweig center for history and new media, george mason university, arlington, va.

Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, & Sam Hinton, 1964, in photo by Kelly Hart, glitched by student Nathan Anderson.

I will be presenting findings at the inaugural Current Research in Digital History Conference. My paper draws upon “When Mississippi John Hurt’s Head Moved,” an extended essay I wrote about a student’s glitched photograph from the Berkeley Folk Music Festival and how we might begin to grapple with renegotiations of race, region, and democratic culture in the “Athens of the West,” at one of the United States’s premiere public universities, as Freedom Summer unfolded in the South and the Free Speech Movement at Cal was just a few months in the future.

See the peer-reviewed version of this paper: “Glitching History: Using Image Deformance to Rethink Agency and Authenticity in thne 1960s American Folk Music Revival,” Current Research in Digital History 1 (2018).

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