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Internet Memes: The crumbling boundaries between the serious and the unserious

University of Canterbury’s Puaka-James Hight Library Building, Room 388

Wednesday, 26 April, 15:00 - 17:00

Public; no registration needed
Facebook event
Facebook group: UC Digital Humanities Meetups

The study of Internet memes is new both as concept and practice. This is largely due to the novelty of the concept itself, as well as the academic resistance against the serious study of the unserious. But the boundary between the serious and unserious is crumbling, and cyberculturally literate scholars have emerged to tackle the task of studying memes. 

This presentation will explore the three major traditions of meme studies in their historical, theoretical and cultural contexts, introducing the most prominent thinkers and how they are shaping the future of meme studies. The presentation will be followed by a workshop in which participants will learn how to start their own memepage on Facebook. A laptop or a smartphone is recommended for the workshop, but not required.

Earlier Event: 18 April
NDF Board Meeting
Later Event: 26 April
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