[acc-cca-l] DIGITAL SYNERGIES SPEAKER SERIES: "Beyond the Finish Line: Images, Evidence, and the History of the Photo-Finish" with Dr. Jonathan Finn

Gordon Gow ggow at ualberta.ca
Wed Jan 13 11:22:30 MST 2021


The Media and Technology Studies unit at the University of Alberta is pleased to be hosting a webinar with Dr. Jonathan Finn from Wilfred Laurier University who will be talking about his new book.  This event is open to the public.

"Beyond the Finish Line: Images, Evidence, and the History of the Photo-Finish"

In the 1880s, photographers and sports enthusiasts confidently declared the end of dead heats in sporting competition. Reflecting a broader social belief in technology, proponents of the camera stressed that the device could provide definitive proof of who won and who lost. Yet despite this remedy for the inadequate human eye, competitive races between horses, boats, and bicycles ended too close to call a sole champion. More than a century later, when cameras can subdivide the second into ten-thousandths and beyond, athletes continue to cross the finish line in ties.

In this discussion, Jonathan Finn shows how innovation was animated by a drive for ever more precise tools and a quest for perfect measurement. As he traces the technological developments inspired by this crusade--from the evolution of the still camera to movie cameras, ultimately leading to complex contemporary photo-finish systems--Finn discusses the social implications of adopting and contesting the photograph as evidence in sport.

Jonathan Finn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. His new book, "Beyond the Finish Line: Images, Evidence, and the History of the Photo-Finish" is available from McGill-Queens University Press.

Wednesday, January 27, 1-2pm (Mountain)

Attendance is free but registration for this event is required. To register visit: https://ualberta-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rfuGtpzorGd3SkKMyuhkGSvFv3gSoPJrF <https://ualberta-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rfuGtpzorGd3SkKMyuhkGSvFv3gSoPJrF>

Gordon A. Gow, PhD
Professor, Sociology/Media and Technology Studies
Graduate Coordinator, Communications and Technology Graduate Program (MACT)
University of Alberta

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