University of Southern California

Graduate Students


Curtis Fletcher


Contact Information

E-mail: cfletche@usc.edu

Education

  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley, 05/2002
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 05/2002


Employment History

  • Administrative Coordinator and Webmaster, Center for Transformative Scholarship, University of Southern California, 2009 - Present
  • Research Assistant, Science, Technology and Society, University of Southern California, 2010 - Present
  • Associate Multimedia Editor, Urban History, Cambridge Journals Online, 2009 - Present

Research


Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • My interests include the history of technology, intellectual history and visual studies. My dissertation is a study of humanists’ responses to the perceived social, cultural and philosophical implications of the “new technology” in the long 1960s, primarily cybernetics and computerization. In it, I investigate the various ways in which the shifting ground between humans and machines combined with issues surrounding “technology-out-of-control” to create a particular concern for humanists in the 1960s; concern that the values and guidance offered by the humanities was becoming dangerously irrelevant. Furthermore, I argue that this large-scale humanistic engagement with technology was both an attempt to offer direction for the “new technology” and an effort to renegotiate and update the boundaries and relevancy of humanism. The story of this large-scale engagement is the crucial backdrop to present tensions and interactions between the humanities and technology and this dissertation seeks to clarify current humanistic attitudes regarding technology in society, education and scholarship by looking at their development in the critical years of the long 1960s.  

Research Specialties


  • United States: History of Technology, Intellectual History, History of Visual Culture

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works


  • Multimedia Companion to Transnational Urbanism in the Americas, Urban History Special Issue 36:2 (August 2008) Cambridge Journals Online, 2008-2009. , Fall 2009