Over the last few years, ‘media archaeology’ has evolved from a marginal topic to an academic approach en vogue. Under its banner, conferences and publications bring together scholars from different disciplines who, revisiting the canon of media history and theory, emphasize the necessity for renewed historiographical narratives. Despite, or maybe because of profuse debates, media archaeology remains a loosely defined playground for researchers working at the intersection of history and theory. Far from offering uniform principles or constituting a homogeneous field, its prominent authors – Friedrich Kittler and Wolfgang Ernst, Siegfried Zielinksi, Jussi Parrika and Erkki Huhtamo, to name just a few – distinguish themselves by their heterogeneity regarding methodology and theoretical focus.

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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 4, No 7 (2015); 1-7

Fickers, Andreas, & Weber, Anne-Katrin. (2015). Editorial: Towards an Archaeology of Television. VIEW Journal, 4(7), 1–7. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2015.jethc076