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BENJAMIN PETERS

The University of Tulsa Faculty of Communication 129 Oliphant Hall Tulsa OK 74105 EDUCATION Ph.D. Columbia University, 2010. Communications. Dissertation: From Cybernetics to Cyber Networks: Norbert Wiener, the Soviet Internet, and the Cold War Dawn of Information Universalism. M.Phil. Columbia University, 2007. Communications. M.A. Stanford University, 2005. Russian and Eastern Europe Studies B.A. with honors, magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, 2004. Slavic Literature & Language, International Studies, with a minor in English. EMPLOYMENT Assistant Professor, Communication, the University of Tulsa, 2011-present Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Communications, Hebrew University, 2010-2011 OTHER AFFILIATIONS Affiliated faculty, Russian Studies, the University of Tulsa, 2011-present Visiting Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School, 2008-2011 Junior Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harriman Institute, Columbia 2006-2010 Associate, Consortium for the Science of Socio-Technical Systems, 2010-present PUBLICATIONS Book Project in Progress: Peters, Benjamin. The Soviet Internet Work: 918-631-3466 Site: petersbenjamin.wordpress.com Email: ben-peters@utulsa.edu

Articles: Peters, Benjamin. Toward a Genealogy of a Cold War Communication Science: the Strange Loops of Leo and Norbert Wiener. The Russian Journal of Communication. Sage. (Forthcoming.) Peters, Benjamin. Normalizing Soviet Cybernetics Information & Culture. 47:2, 145-175, 2012. Peters, Benjamin. And Lead Us Not into Thinking the New is New: A Bibliographic Case for New Media History, New Media & Society, 11:1/2, 13-30, 2009. Peters, Benjamin. Betrothal and Betrayal: The Soviet Translation of Norbert Wiener's Early Cybernetics, International Journal of Communications, 2:1, 66-80, 2008. Peters, Benjamin. The Cybernetics of Nabokovs Beneficence, Ulbandus: The Slavic Review of Columbia University, ed. by Marijeta Bozovic, 173-190, 2007. Book Chapters: Peters, Benjamin with Bernard Geoghegan. Cybernetics, John Hopkins Encyclopedia of Digital Humanities. (Forthcoming.) Peters, Benjamin with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, New Media, Handbook of Communication History, edited by Peter Simonson, 2013. Peters, Benjamin and Deborah Lubken. New Media in Crises: Discursive Instability and Emergency Communication. The Long History of New Media. Eds. David W. Park, Nicholas Jankowski, Steve Jones. Peter Lang, 2011. http://thelonghistoryofnewmedia.net/ Peters, Benjamin. The Search Engine Democracy: Metaphors and Muhammad, in The Power of Search Engines /Die Macht der Such-maschinen, edited by Marcel Machill and Markus Beiler, (Leipzig, Germany: Herman von Halem), 228-242, 2008. Book Reviews: Peters, Benjamin. Review of Marshall Poes A History of Communication: Media & Society from Speech to the Internet. Cambridge University Press: 2011. In New Media & Society 14: 356. March 2012. Peters, Benjamin. Review of Igor Klyukanovs A Communication Universe: Manifestations of Meaning, Stagings of Significance. (Under review.) Peters, Benjamin. Review of Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenkers (eds.) Turizm: The Russian and East European Tourist Under Capitalism and Socialism in Russian Journal of Communication, 1: 2, 235-237, 2008.

Peters, Benjamin. Review of Jeremy Packer and Craig Robertsons Thinking with James Carey: Essays on Communication, Transportation, History in Journal of Communication Inquiry, Sage, 366-370, 2007. TEACHING EXPERIENCE Assistant Professor, the University of Tulsa Cyber Culture since 1945, upper-level honors seminar, Spring 2012 & 2013. Communication Technologies & Society, upper-level, Fall 2011, 2012, Spring 2012, 2013. Communication Systems, sophomore-level, Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2011, 2012, 2013. Postdoc, Hebrew University Networks: Science, Technology, and Society. junior-level, Spring 2011. The Cybernetic Front: Digital Media and the Cold War, MA- level, Fall 2010. Adjunct Faculty, New York University Mass Persuasion and Propaganda, junior-level, Fall 2009. Adjunct Faculty, Salt Lake Community College Effective Communication, freshmen- level, Summer 2006. SELECTED REFERRED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Saving Information: Mormonism and Open-Source. Divine Database panel (selected for online streaming). International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012. Technological Utopianisms in Early Soviet Networks The Great Experiment Revisited: Soviet Science and Techno-utopianism. Princeton, NJ, February 2012. And Historiography as Intervention, CHIG pre-conference, International Communication Association, Phoenix, May 2012. Soviet Networks and the Collapse of the Cold War Mindset Society for the Social Study of Science, Cleveland, Nov 2011. Computational Fundamentalism From Cold War Cybernetics to Citizens United. International Communication Association, Philosophy, Boston, May 2011. Digital and New Media Discourse in Early Soviet Computer Networks. International Communication Association, History Interest Group, Boston, May 2011. Networks, Hierarchies, and the Collapse of the Cold War Digital Mindset. Mediating War and Technology Pre-Conference, International Communication Association, History Interest Group, Boston, May 2011. Global Network Studies: An Introduction. ECREA: European Communication Conference, Doing Global Media Studies, October 2010, (with travel grant).

The Soviet Internet from Cybernetics to Cyber Networks, The Etiology and Ecology of PostSoviet Communication, Columbia University, May 2010. Arendt and the Creative Toil of Counting, The Internet as Playground and Factory, New School, November 2009. Josiah Royce, Aleksandr Bogdanov, and Other Precursors to Cybernetics, Society for Social Studies of Sciences, Washington DC, October 2009. Information and the Problem of Organization International Summer School on SelfReinforcing Processes. Freie Universitaet, Berlin, Germany, July 2009. Why the Soviet Internet Failed Beyond East and West, Central European University, Budapest, June 2009. Also, MiT 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, April 2009. Feedback and its Philosophers, International Communication Association, May 2009. Media We Do Not Yet Know How to Talk about: A New Media History Preface, Communication history interest group pre-conference, International Communication Association, Chicago, May 2009. A World Already in Motion: On the Origins of Information, Organization, Feedback, Thinking and Making Connections: Cybernetic Heritage in the Social and Human Sciences and Beyond. Sdertrns University, Stockholm, Sweden. November 2008. And Lead Us Not into Thinking the New is New: A Brief Review of New Media Historiography, International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada, May 2008. Information Discontents and Eastern Europe from Cybernetics to Cyber Law." Exploring New Media Worlds, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 2008, with NCA student travel grant. Why Periphery Matters: Media Sociology in 1960s Estonia, Media Sociology Forum, NYU, November 2007. Rethinking the History of New Media Society of the History of Technology. Washington DC, October 2007. A Perestroika of Piracy: Towards a Short History of Copyright in Ukraine and Russia. Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Berkman, Harvard, July 2007. Traduttore, Traditore: The Soviet Translation of Norbert Wieners Early Cybernetics. International Communications Association, Dresden, Germany, June 2006.

A Brief History of Intellectual Property and Intelligent Impropriety. Cultural Attitudes toward Technology and Culture, Tartu, Estonia, June 2006. The Digits and Dangers of a Search Engine Democracy: Google as a Gatekeeper in the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy. The Power of Search Engines. Berlin, June 2006. Rethinking New Media with a Brief History of the Printing Press in Tsarist Russia. Media and Methods in Russia, E. Europe, and Eurasia. University of Pittsburgh, March 2006.

PLUS five other conference presentations (NYSCA, New School, Columbia, U Pittsburgh, and
BYU), 2004-2007. SELECTED INVITED LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS Infrastructure and Four Other Ways to Study Media Beijing Forum, Beijing, China, November 2012. Three-part lecture series, Re-reading the Legendary Dewey-Lippmann Debate, Digital Media During Mass Media, and A Media Studies Retrospective. Communication & Journalism School, Peking University, Beijing, China, November 2012. Communication Systems for Prof. Yevgen Fedchenko, Director of Mohyla School of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine, May 2012. Why There Was No Soviet Internet, Central Association of Russian Teachers of America, Tulsa, May 2012. New, Digital, Social and Other Media Misnomers Hebrew University, Jerusalem, November 2010; Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, November 2010. Doing Global Network Studies HumLab, University of Ume, Sweden, October 2010. Around 1950: Communication, Telephones, Computers, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, June 2010. The Soviet NyetWorks, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, December 2009. Comprehensive Network Designs and Other Cold War Cautions, the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School, August 2009. The Failure of the Soviet Internet, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton. Feb. 2009. Digital Communication and its Discontents: A Look at the Twentieth-Century Study of Information, Sdertrns University, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2008.

Why the Soviet Internet Failed Cyberscholar Working Group, Berkman Center, Harvard University, October 2008. Information and its Discontents from the Cold War to the Internet and Novelty as a Problem in Media History, Moscow State University, May 2008 (in Russian). SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS Faculty Development Summer Fellowship, the University of Tulsa, 2012 Faculty Research Grant, the University of Tulsa, 2011-2012 Fellowship, Nevzlin Center for the Study of Russian Jewry, Hebrew University, 2010-2011 Scholarship, Kenneth E and Becky H Johnson Foundation, 2010-2011 Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University, 2010-2011 Junior Fellowship, Harriman Institute, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010 Hazard Fellowship for Russian Legal Studies, Harriman Institute, 2007-2008, 2008-2009 Bazarko Fellowship for Ukrainian Studies, Harriman Institute, 2007-2008 Summer Travel Grant, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 2006, 2008 Intensive German Language Summer Study Grant, DAAD, Berlin, Germany, 2007 Fellow, Ukrainian Summer Language Area Studies (FLAS), Kansas University, Lviv, 2005 Russian Year Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Stanford University, 2004-2005 PLUS nine other awards, honors, and scholarships, 1998-2009 SERVICE & ACTIVITY University Service Member, Executive Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Tulsa, 2012-2014 Chair, Reviewed and reported case for student appeal for a change of grade, Fall 2012. Publication Forums Associate editor and founding member, International Collaborative Dictionary of Communications, Social Science Research Center, launched 2010. Managing editor, Zhe: Stanford Student Journal for Russian Studies, Stanford, 2004-2005. Executive editor, Perspectives: Online Journal of Germanic and Slavic Studies, 2002-2004. Associate editor, Sigma: Journal of Political Science and International Relations, 2003. Invited reviewer/referee, Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Convergence. Conferences Co-organizer, Russia Online: Mapping the Russian-Language Blogosphere, October 2008. Organizer, Conversations and Communications in Memory of James Carey, Oct. 2007. Co-organizer, Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyber Scholar Working Group, monthly 2007-2010. Organizer, History Workshop, Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, July 2007. Panel co-organizer Mediating War after 1945 with Mark Andrejevich, Peter Asaro, Carolyn Kane, and Geof Bowker, Paul Edwards, Society for the Social Study of Science, Cleveland, Nov 2011.

What We Now Call Communications with Geof Bowker, Peter Schaefer, and Fred Turner. International Communication Association. May 2009. Doing New Media History with Carolyn Marvin, Jonathan Sterne, and Lisa Gitelman, International Communication Association, Montreal, May 2008. Invited panel chair/respondent, When Old Media were New, CHIG panel, ICA, May 2012. Reading groups Founding member, Digital Working Group, the University of Tulsa, 2011-Present. Member, Fictions of God and Time in a Post-Human Age, Van Leer Institute, 2010-2011. Founding member, New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World, Harriman Institute, 2009-2010. Member, Visual Studies and Media Theory, Columbia University, 2008-2009. LANGUAGES & TOOLS Russian: fluent German: intermediate and reading Ukrainian, SPSS: reading PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS International Communication Association (ICA) The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)