Michael J. Kramer Visiting Assistant Professor
Michael J. Kramer (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 2006) is a historian, writer, critic, teacher, dramaturg, and editor. His book, The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. His new book-in-progress, This Machine Kills Fascists: Technology and Culture in the US Folk Music Revival, revises understandings of the folk revival as an anti-modernist movement, arguing instead that it offers a hidden history of people grappling with how to live more humanely in an increasingly technological society. A related multimedia project (interactive archive website; traveling exhibition; illustrated catalogue) focuses on the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which ran on the University of California campus from 1958 to 1970. He is also at work on a set of essays about intellectuals and the counterculture. He has also begun to research the career of Chicago dance critic Ann Barzel, and serves as a consultant to Dancing on the Third Coast: Chicago Dance History Project, which uses oral history and digital technology to document dance in the city and its Midwest surroundings. He has served as a dramaturg for The Seldoms, a contemporary dance theater ensemble, and been an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the website of the New York Times. He is the co-founder of the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory and writes about digital topics at Issues in Digital History. He has written about history, art, culture, and politics for numerous publications and blogs at Culture Rover. He teaches courses in history, American studies, digital humanities, and civic engagement at Northwestern University.
- The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford University Press, 2013).
- "'A Foreign Sound to Your Ear': Image Sonification For Historical Analysis," Provoke! Digital Sound Studies (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2016).
- "Contemporary Dance And/As Public History: The Seldoms Bring LBJ and the 1960s Into the Present in Their Investigation of How Power Goes," Not Even Past: The University of Texas at Austin History Department Website, 14 September 2015.
- "The Culture Wars Are History," Society of United States Intellectual History Blog, 4 September 2014.
- "Responding To Violence: Salcedo and Cytter," Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago MCA DNA Blog, 21 May 2015, Responding To Violence: Salcedo and Cytter.
- "How to Get Power: The Seldoms Dance with LBJ," Program Notes, Power Goes, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, March 2015.
- "Moving History: From Archive to Stage in The Seldoms's Power Goes," Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago MCA DNA Blog, 24 March 2015.
- "Dance and Intellectual History," Society of United States Intellectual History Blog, 18 March 2015.
- "Going Meta on Metadata," Digital Historiography and the Archives Roundtable, American Historical Association Blog, 21 January 2014; revised and updated, Journal of Digital Humanities 3, 2 (Summer, 2014).
- "The Meaning of Ideology: A Cultural Historian's Perspective," Society for United States Intellectual History Blog, 5 November 2014.
- "The Politics Are Not Obvious: 'Revolutionary' Music for An Artists' Congress" with Spotify Playlist, Artists' Congress Program Notes, Mary & Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, 17 May 2014.
- "Troubling Knowledge—The Atmosphere of The Seldoms's Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead," Program Notes, Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center Ballroom Theater, Northwestern University, 22-27 April 2014.
- "Looking Back: Christopher Lasch and the Role of the Social Critic," The Point 7 (Fall 2013).
- "Reflections on Christopher Lasch's Reflections," Society of United States Intellectual History Blog, December 2013.
- "Liberation Struggles: An Exchange Between Christopher Shannon and Michael J. Kramer," Society of United States Intellectual History Blog, December 2013.
- "Editors' Choice: What Does Digital Humanities Bring to the Table - Using the Spreadsheet to Connect Evidence to Argument," Digital Humanities Now, 27 September 2012.
- "Resource: Teaching DH – Digitizing Folk Music History 2.0," Digital Humanities Now, 3 April 2012.
- "Editors' Choice: DH Process as Product," Digital Humanities Now, 23 February 2012,
- "Editors' Choice: The Fetishization of Data," Digital Humanities Now, 2 February 2012.
- "Editors' Choice: Annotation Nation," Digital Humanities Now, 20 January 2012,
- "Report: Representing the Digital Repository," Digital Humanities Now, 30 December 2011.
- "Editors' Choice: Reinventing the Wheel - On developing critical and methodological frameworks for the digital humanities, or the digital humanities is the humanities,"Digital Humanities Now, 4 November 2011.
- "The Psychedelic Public and Its Problems: Rock Music Festivals and Civil Society in the Sixties Counterculture," in Media and Public Spheres, ed. Richard Butsch (Palgrave McMillan, 2007), 270-293.
- "The Multitrack Model: Cultural History and the Interdisciplinary Study of Popular Music," in Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines, eds. Jeff Jackson and Stan Pelkey (University Press of Mississippi, 2005), 220-255,
- "Can't Forget the Motor City: Creem Magazine, Rock Music, Detroit Identity, Mass Consumerism, and the Counterculture," Michigan Historical Review 28, 2 (Fall 2002): 42-77.
- Visit Michael Kramer's personal website to see courses he offers along with his teaching philosophy.