Peter O Krapp

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Professor & Chair, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities
Professor, Informatics
Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Professor, English
School of Humanities
Professor, Music
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Chair, UC Irvine Academic Senate 2013-2014

Ph.D., M.Phil.

Phone: (949) 824-8596

University of California, Irvine
2321 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
digital culture and media history, secret communications and cultural memory, history & theory of gadgets, games and simulations
Academic Distinctions
Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service, UCI (2011-12)

Invited lectures in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and across the US

Fellowships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the DFG (German National Science Foundation), and from the University of California, Santa Barbara

Visiting Professorships at UNISINOS (São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and at the Tainan National University of Art (Taiwan), as well as at SciArc (Los Angeles) and at LCAD (Laguna Beach); Research Fellow at Konstanz University, Germany; Visiting Media Theorist at Otis College of Art, LA; Lecturer at Eastern Maximum Security Prison, New York
Taught at the University of Minnesota, and at Bard College, before coming to Irvine

Courtesy appointment in the Department of Informatics (Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences)
Research Abstract
Research interests include digital culture and media history, secret communications and cultural memory, history & theory of gadgets, games and simulations, representations of North and South Pole regions

Seminars, lectures, and publications (in English and in German) on archives, secrecy, computer games, digital culture, machinima, film title design, media theory, media arts; on W. Benjamin, J. Derrida, S. Freud, A. Warhol, etc

Author of "Deja Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory" (University of Minnesota Press 2004) and "Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture" (University of Minnesota Press 2011); editor of Medium Cool (Duke University Press 2002: special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly) and the Handbook Language-Culture-Communication (Berlin: DeGruyter 2013)
Déjà Vu Déjà Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)
Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (University of Minnesota Press 2011)
Medium Cool Co-editor, Medium Cool (Duke University Press, 2002: SAQ 101:3)
HSK Ed., with L Jäger, W Holly, S Weber, S Heekeren: Handbuch Sprache Kultur Kommunikation De Gruyter 2016 (HSK Handbook Language Culture Communication), 977 pages (print and eBook: see
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Leopoldina (Young Academy)
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology
UCI Humanities Center / Vice Chancellor for Research / Critical Theory Institute / International Center for Writing and Translation
University of California Humanities Research Institute
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
German Science Foundation (DFG) Federal Research Fellowship, Theory of Literature and Communication, University of Konstanz
German Academic Exchange Fellowship (DAAD)
Konrad Adenauer Fellowship
International Human Rights Exchange, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Professional Societies
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
National Communications Association (NCA)
Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaften (GfM)
Other Experience
Director, Visual Studies
UC Irvine 2006—2008

Information Technology Committee
SCMS 2006—2008

Chair, Computing Advisory Committee
UCI School of Humanities 2005—2008

Council on Planning and Budget (chair, 08-09)
UC Irvine 2006—2009

Dean's Advisory Group
Humanities, UC Irvine 2005—2007

Space Planning Team
UC Irvine 2006—2009

Humanities Executive Committee (chair, 07-08)
UC Irvine 2006—2009

Academic Planning Group
UC Irvine, 2006-2009, 2012—2015

University Committee on Planning and Budget (chair, 2009-10)
UC Academic Senate, Oakland 2008—2010

Steering Committee
IUCRP (Berkeley) 2008—2009

Budget Work Group
UC Irvine, 2008-2011, 2012—2015

Curatorial Review Board
Beall Center for Art and Technology 2006—2013

Academic Council
UCOP, 2009-2010, 2013—2014

Academic Council Special Committee on Lab Issues
UC National Laboratories 2009—2010

Strategic Planning Design Team - Financial Foundation and Infrastructure
UCI School of Medicine and Medical Center 2010

Task Force on Curricular and Programmatic Alternatives
UC Irvine 2009—2010

Task Force on Extramural Revenue Initiatives
UC Irvine 2009—2010

Gould Commission on the Future of the UC
Funding Strategies Work Group 2009—2010

Department of Film & Media Studies 2012—2019

Chair-Elect & Chair
Academic Senate, UC Irvine Division 2012—2014

Budget Model Review Committee
UCI 2013—2014

UCI Foundation 2013—2014

California Open Educational Resources Council 2013—2018

Graduate Programs
Visual Studies

Research Centers
UC MRG "Transliteracies" (
Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds (
UC MRG "Keys to Voice Studies"
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