I212 Information and Society: Digital Personal Memory

Spring, 2008

Prof. Nancy Van House

With Elizabeth Churchill, Yahoo! Research





Bush, V. As We May Think. Atlantic Monthly, 176, July (1945), 101-108 http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/194507/bush.


Memories for Life Project. Available at http://www.memoriesforlife.org/


O'Hara, K. et al Memories for life: a review of the science and technology. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 3, 8 (June 2006), 351-365 http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2006.0125.


Giddens, A. Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif, 1991. p. 52-55; 74-88





Bowker, G. C. Memory Practices in the Sciences. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, 2005. Intro: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chapters/0262524899chapm1.pdf; Conclusion.


Holtzman, J. D. Food and Memory. Annual Review of Anthropology, 35, 1 (Oct. 2006), 361-378 http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.anthro.35.081705.123220.



Collective Memory; Models of Memory


Carruthers, M. J. The Book of Memory: a Study of Memory in Medieval Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge England, 1990. Intro & ch 1.


Zerubavel, E. Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill, 2003.

Also useful:

Zerubavel, E. Social memories: Steps to a sociology of the past. Qualitative Sociology, 19, 3 (Sept. 1996), 283-299 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02393273.


Van Dijck, J.. Mediated Memories in the Digital Age. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif, 2007. Skim ch. 2


Olick, J. K. and Robbins, J. Social Memory Studies: From "Collective Memory" to the Historical Sociology of Mnemonic Practices. Annual Review of Sociology, 24 (1998), 105-140




Models of Memory II


Johnson, G. In the Palaces of Memory; How We Build the Worlds Inside Our Heads. Knopf, New York, 1991. Excerepts.


Yates, F. A. The Art of Memory. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1966. Excerpts.


Narrative and group and individual memory


Bruner, J. The Narrative Construction of Reality. Critical Inquiry, 18, 1 (1991), 1-21;


Bruner, J. Acts of Meaning. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1990; Skim ch 1; ch 4.


Ochs, E. and Capps, L. Narrating the self. Annual Review of Anthropology, 25 (1996), 19-43


Linde, C. Narrative and social tacit knowledge. Journal of Knowledge Management, 5, 1 (2001), 160-170



Technologies of memory: images, visual epistemology


Edwards, E. Photographs and the sound of history. Visual Anthropology Review, 21, 1-2 (2005), 27-46 http://www.anthrosource.net/doi/abs/10.1525/var.2005.21.1-2.27.


Kuhn, A. Photography and cultural memory: a methodological exploration. Visual Studies, 22, 3 (2007), 283-292 http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/14725860701657175.


Holland, P. Introduction: history, memory, and the family album. In Spence J., Holland P. (eds.). Family Snaps: the Meaning of Domestic Photography. Virago, London, 1991


Hirsch, M. Introduction: family frames. Family Frames. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, 1997 .


Hurdley, R. Focal points: framing material culture and visual data. Qualitative Research, 7, 3 (2007), 355-374


Keightley, E. and Pickering, M. For the record: popular music and photography as technologies of memory. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9, 2 (May 2006), 149-165 http://ecs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/9/2/149.


Ajmar, M. Toys for girls. In Kwint M., Breward C., Aynsley J. (eds.). Material Memories. Berg, Oxford, New York, 1999 .



Cultural Digital Memory


Churchill, E. F. and Ubois, J. Designing for digital archives. interactions, 15, 2 (2008), 10-13 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1340961.1340964.


Besser, H. Digital longevity. In Stitts M. (ed.). Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access. Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA, 2000 http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/~howard/Papers/ sfs-longevity.html.


De Grazia, A. The personal archive: on retrieving valuable cultural resources. Available at http://grazian-archive.com/projects/archvpt.html.


Paradigm Project. Workbook on Digital Private Papers. Available at http://www.paradigm.ac.uk/workbook/index.html.



Technologies of Memory: Science


Bowker, G. C. Memory Practices in the Sciences. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, 2005.


Latour, B. Pandora's Hope : Essays on the Reality of Science Studies. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1999.



Personal Digital Memory II: Moment-to-Moment Capture


Mann, S. Personal imaging and lookpainting as tools for personal documentary and investigative photojournalism. Mobile Networks and Applications, 4, 1 (1999),


Bell, G. and Gemmell, J. A Digital Life. Scientific American, 296, 3 (2007), 58-65 http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=10&hid=117&sid=407d4282-e6a1-4560-81a1-7f9892a4548f%40sessionmgr108.


Wilkinson, A. Remember this? New Yorker (May 2007), 38 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/05/28/070528fa_fact_wilkinson.



Personal Digital Memory: Personal Archives


Marshall, C. C. Rethinking personal digital archiving, part 1: four challenges from the field. DLib Magazine, 14, 3/4 (2008), http://dlib.org/dlib/march08/marshall/03marshall-pt1.html.


Marshall, C. C. Rethinking personal digital archiving, part 2: implications for services, applications, and institutions. DLib Magazine, 14, 3/4 (2008), doi:10.1045/march2008-marshall-pt2.



Memory Prosthetics


Kalnikaité, V. and Whitakker, S. Software or wetware?: discovering when and why people use digital prosthetic memory, in CHI '07: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2007)


Salvador, T. and Anderson, K. Practical Considerations of Context for Context Based Systems: An Example from an Ethnographic Case Study of a Man Diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, in (2004) http://www.springerlink.com/media/988TQHXTRHCCEX22TA5X/Contributions/9/W/X/R/9WXRAB3TC5UPKUPV.pdf.