Archives for April 2011

Machinima Issue of the Journal of Visual Culture

The Machinima Issue of The Journal of Visual Culture is now out.  To access the full text of articles, you need a subscription to the journal. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, however, authors can publish the first version of the article sent to the editors.  Since my early version is nearly identical to the published version (with the important exception of images), I’ve made it available here for download and circulation.

Here’s the abstract:

Kari Kraus, ” ‘A Counter-Friction to the Machine’: What Game Scholars, Librarians, and Archivists Can Learn from Machinima Makers about User Activism” (Journal of Visual Culture 2011 (10): 100-112).

The author examines the legal issues associated with machinima creation in relation to archival and preservation efforts. Specifically, she argues that what makes machinima as a cultural practice particularly interesting from a legal perspective is its ability to dramatize the tension between copyright law and contract law; public rights and private rights; and the right of reproduction versus the right of adaptation. She proposes that game scholars, librarians and archivists take a page from the play book of machinima creators when developing their own professional approaches to user activism and digital access and preservation.

IMLS Digital Humanities Internship Opportunity

Digital Humanities Internship Program for MLS Students: Call for Applicants

For the past two years Maryland’s iSchool has been providing a select number of MLS students with an internship opportunity at the Maryland Institute for Technology (MITH) or one of two other prestigious Digital Humanities Centers: Nebraska’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and Michigan State’s MATRIX.  Funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the internships support students through a combination of Graduate Student Assistantships and summer stipends.  After reviewing our budget, we have determined that the University of Maryland is able to support one final UMD iSchool student in Summer 2011 at one of the following digital humanities centers:

•    University of Maryland, College Park. Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).
•    Michigan State University, Lansing. MATRIX
•    University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH)

To apply for an 8-week internship for summer 2011, please download and complete the application form attached to this message and return it via email–along with a copy of your CV–to Dr. Kari Kraus at by Friday, 6 May 2011.

Depending on circumstances, students may be offered either a residential (on-site) or distance internship.   In your email message submitting the application, please rank your preferences for internship location.

Application deadline is Friday, 6 May 2011 at 5:00 pm.

To learn more about the internships and the hosting sites, I invite you to attend an informal informational session on Thursday, April 28 from 10:00-11:00 am in Hornbake room 2116. If you have any questions, please contact me at or 301.529.0977. I’d encourage you to drop me a note if you plan on applying.