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1st Edition

Keywords in Remix Studies

ISBN 9781315516417
Published November 27, 2017 by Routledge
322 Pages

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Book Description

Keywords in Remix Studies consists of twenty-four chapters authored by researchers who share interests in remix studies and remix culture throughout the arts and humanities. The essays reflect on the critical, historical and theoretical lineage of remix to the technological production that makes contemporary forms of communication and creativity possible. Remix enjoys international attention as it continues to become a paradigm of reference across many disciplines, due in part to its interdisciplinary nature as an unexpectedly fragmented approach and method useful in various fields to expand specific research interests. The focus on a specific keyword for each essay enables contributors to expose culture and society’s inconclusive relation with the creative process, and questions assumptions about authorship, plagiarism and originality. Keywords in Remix Studies is a resource for scholars, including researchers, practitioners, lecturers and students, interested in some or all aspects of remix studies. It can be a reference manual and introductory resource, as well as a teaching tool across the humanities and social sciences.

Table of Contents


Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, xtine burrough


1 Appropriation

Authored in Collaboration with Contributors

2 Archive

Richard Rinehart

3 Authorship

John Vallier

4 Bricolage

Annette N. Markham

5 Collaborative

Aram Sinnreich

6 Consumerism

Pau Figueres

7 Copyright/Fair Use

Patricia Aufderheide

8 Cut-up

Janneke Adema

9 Creativity

xtine burrough and Frank Dufour

10 Deconstruction

David J. Gunkel


11 DIY Culture

Akane Kanai

12 Fan Culture

Joshua Wille

13 Feminism

Karen Keifer-Boyd and Christine Liao

14 Intellectual Property

Nate Harrison

15 Jazz

T Storm Heter

16 Location

Dahlia Borsche, translated by Jill Denton

17 Mashup

Nate Harrison and Eduardo Navas

18 Memes

Authored in Collaboration with Contributors

19 Parody

Mark Nunes

20 Participatory Politics

Henry Jenkins and Thomas J Billard, with Samantha Close, Yomna Elsayed, Michelle C. Forelle, Rogelio Lopez, and Emilia Yang

21 Remix

Eduardo Navas

22 Sampling

Owen Gallagher

23 Transformative

Francesca Coppa and Rebecca Tushnet

24 Versioning

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

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Eduardo Navas is the author of Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling (2012) and Spate: A Navigational Theory of Networks (2016). He is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015). He currently researches and teaches principles of cultural analytics and digital humanities in the School of Visual Arts at Pennsylvania State University, PA. He is Research Faculty in the College of Arts and Architecture's Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI), and a Center for Humanities and Information Research Fellow (CHI) also at Pennsylvania State University.

Owen Gallagher is a lecturer of Web Media at Bahrain Polytechnic, specializing in graphic design, filmmaking, animation and interactive media. He received his Ph.D. in Visual Culture from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and has published a number of book chapters and journal articles on remix culture, intellectual property and visual semiotics, as well as presenting his research internationally. Gallagher is a co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015) and maintains a number of websites including, an online community archive of remix videos, and, an outlet for ongoing remix-related research.

xtine burrough makes participatory projects for networked publics. burrough is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2015), author of Foundations of Digital Art and Design (2013), and editor of Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (2011). She is editor of The Visual Communication Quarterly. An associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, burrough co-directs the Social Practice & Community Engagement (SP&CE) Media Lab and LabSynthE, a laboratory for the creative investigation of synthetic and electronic poetry.


"Keywords in Remix Studies reads like a work of conceptual software art, one that samples ideas from the language of new media and can readily be applied to the practice of everyday life." -Mark Amerika, author of remixthecontext and the remixthebook