Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of New Media

Sonja Neef, José van Dijck, Eric Ketelaar (Hgg.).
Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of New Media.
Amsterdam University Press: 2006

Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of New Media collects a series of articles from different fields, reaching from cultural and media studies, literature, film and art, philosophy, information studies, jurisprudence, and archival studies. The main questions addressed in this book: Will handwriting disappear in the age of new (digital) media? And what about the values of cultural and legal concepts, such as original, copy, authenticity, reproducibility, uniqueness, iterability? Where is the writing hand to be located if handwriting is performed not immediately „by hand“ but in a second medium? What is the relation of handwriting to a second medium in which it is depicted, reproduced, or remediated.



  • Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of Technical Reproduction: Introduction
    José van Dijck and Sonja Neef
  • Authentic Events: The Diaries of Anne Frank and the Alleged Diaries of Adolf Hitler
    Sonja Neef
  • The Authority of Drawing: Hand, Authenticity, and Authorship
    Michael Wetzel
  • Authenticity and xObjectivity in Scientific Communication: Implications of Digital Media
    John Mackenzie Owen
  • Authenticity in Bits and Bytes
    Hannelore Dekeyser
  • Signature Identity Content: Handwriting in an Age of Digital Remediation
    Richard Grusin
  • Writing the Self: Of Diaries and Weblogs
    José van Dijck
  • Hands on the Document: Arnold Dreyblatt’s T Archive
    Arnold Dreyblatt and Jeffrey Wallen
  • Faithfully Submitted: the Logic of the Signature in Marcel Proust’s A la recherche
    Mieke Bal
  • (Hand)writing Film History: Saul Bass Draws Martin Scorsese in a Title Sequence and Writes his Name Underneath
    Rembert Hüser
  • Writing on Archiving Machines
    Eric Ketelaar
  • Blood Samples and Fingerprint Files: Blood as Artificial Matter, Artistic Material and Means of the Signature
    Thomas Fechner-Smarsly
  • Writing Over the Body, Writing With the Body: On Shirin Neshat’s Women of Allah Series
    Begüm Özden Firat
  • Perfor/m/ative Writing: Tattoo, Mark, Signature
    Sonja Neef