Peter O Krapp

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Professor, 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
secret communications and cryptologic history, history of computing and cultural memory, aesthetic communication
Academic Distinctions
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

Dec 2023 Senior Visiting Researcher, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China)

Fall 2022 Senior Fellow, Zukunftskolleg Institute of Advanced Studies, Konstanz University (Germany)

Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), fall 2019 and again fall 2021

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 appointments in the Department of Informatics (Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences), Department of English (School of Humanities), Department of Music (Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
Research Abstract
secret communications and cryptologic history, history of computing and cultural memory, aesthetic communication

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), "Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture" (University of Minnesota Press 2011), and "Computing Legacies: Digital Cultures of Simulation" (Cambridge: MIT Press 2024); editor of Medium Cool (Duke University Press 2002: special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly) and the Handbook Language-Culture-Communication (Berlin: DeGruyter 2013)
Awards and Honors
Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service, UCI (2011-12)
Short Biography
Born in Switzerland to Austrian parents and raised in Germany - three countries divided by the same language
Computing Legacies: Digital Cultures of Simulation. Cambridge: MIT Press 2024
Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture (University of Minnesota Press 2011)
Déjà Vu: Aberrations of Cultural Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)
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
Co-editor, Medium Cool (Duke University Press, 2002: SAQ 101:3)
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
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS) funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), fall 2019 and again fall 2021
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
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
Film & Media Studies 2012—2019
Professor Visitante, Cièncias da Comunicaçao
UNISINOS, Sâo Leopoldo (Brazil) Mar—2020
Committee on Scholarly Honors & Awards (SHA)
UC Irvine 2020—2023
Research Centers
UC MRG "Transliteracies" (
Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games (
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