With a few exceptions, all readings will be made available here on our class website. We’ll provide everyone with a copy of Tom Mullaney’s The Chinese Typewriter and David Parisi’s Archaeologies of Touch.

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And here are a few sample modules that might inspire your own projects…


  • Kristin L. Arola, “Indigenous Interfaces” in Social Writing / Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies, eds., Douglas Walls and Stephanie Vie (Parlor Press, 2017).
  • Wade Davis, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World (House of Anansi Press, 2009)
  • Khipus: Writing Histories in and From Knots,” Symposium, Bard Graduate Center, February 1, 2019.
  • Jannifer Gómez Menjívar, Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, and Arturo Arias, eds., Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming 2019)
  • John Edward Huth, The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (Harvard University Press, 2013)
  • Karin Amimoto Ingersoll, Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology (Duke University Press, 2016)
  • Mukurtu
  • Frank Salomon, The Cord Keepers: Khipus and Cultural Life in a Peruvian Village (Duke University Press, 2004)


  • Meryl  Alper, Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability and Inequality (MIT Press, 2017)
  • Aimi Hamriae, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)
  • Bess Williams, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (NYU Press, 2018)



  • Adversarial Interfaces
  • Paul Frosh, “The Mouse, the Screen, an the Holocaust Witness: Interface Aesthetics and Moral Response,” New Media & Society 20:1 (2018): 351-68.
  • Alexandra Lange, “What We’ve Learned from Dieter Rams, and What We’ve Ignored,” New Yorker (November 28, 2018).
  • Janet Vertesi, “Seamful Spaces: Heterogeneous Infrastructures in Interaction,” Science, Technology & Human Values 39:2 (March 2014): 264-84.


  • James Ash, Ben Anderson, Rachel Gordon, and Paul Langley, “Digital Interface Design and Power: Friction, Threshold, Transition,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36:6 (2018)


  • Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco, Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer (Harvard University Press, 2004)
  • Tara Rodgers, Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (Duke University Press, 2010)
  • Dave Tompkins, How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks (Stop Smiling Books, 2011)


  • Sybille Lammes, “Digital Mapping Interfaces: From Immutable Mobiles to Mutable Images,” New Media & Society 19:7 (2017): 1019-33