John F. Barber, PhD

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Who is John Barber?

John F. Barber, PhD
The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington, USA
email contact: jfbarber[AT]eaze[DOT]net
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John Barber (artist, scholar) Wikipedia biography


Current CV

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John Barber is a scholar and sound artist based in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Barber convenes with The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. His research, scholarship, teaching, and creative endeavors arise from the collision (collusion?) of art, humanities, and technology.

Barber began his academic career exploring the use of computer technology to facilitate the teaching and learning of writing. New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways for Writing about and in Electronic Environments (Edited by John Barber and Dene Grigar. Hampton Press, 2001), focuses on the future of writing following its move into electronic spaces. Barber contributed chapters focusing on the use of mediated, electronic environments as sites for meaningful human interaction to Texts and Technology, The Online Writing Classroom, Electronic Networks, High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational MOOs, and Studies in Technical Communication. My essays have been published in peer reviewed print journals like Readerly Writerly Text, Works and Days, Pre/Text, Leonardo Digital Reviews, Fine Art Forum, and Kairos: A Journal For Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments.

Barber's current scholarly and creative activities revolve around digital scholarship and radio art+performance+research (RARP). He has contributed chapters to Doing Digital Humanities, Vol. 2, and Contexts, Forms, and Practices of Electronic Literature. His essays have appeared in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, ebr [electronic book review], Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Leonardo, MATLIT (Materialities of Literature), Scholarly Research and Communication, and others.

On a personal note, John Barber is dynamically involved in the process of becoming a welcome human presence. He manages life efficiently, pays his bills on time, and is acclaimed for his ability to prepare extraordinary four-course meals using only yogurt and granola. Barber has navigated the Mississippi River, walked the Great Wall of China, spoken with Captain America (of Easy Rider, not Marvel comics), and been featured on This American Life. LEARN more.


Digital Scholarship

John Barber's work in digital scholarship is largely guided by the research question "How might digital technologies facilitate the collection, organization, and presentation of information and narrative structures?" One answer is digital archiving and curation. His interest in the temporality of writing led him to develop and curate American Dust (, the preeminent resource on the life and writings of American author Richard Brautigan. Two books, Richard Brautigan: An Annotated Bibliography (McFarland, 1990) and Richard Brautigan: Essays on the Writings and Life (McFarland, 2007), are offshoots of this work. Barber has contributed essays regarding Brautigan to The Honest Ulsterman, Postwar Literature 1945-1970: Research Guide to American Literature, Encyclopedia of Beat Literature, and various international literary journals. See Scholarship > Digital Scholarship.



As a sound artist, John Barber explores sound-based narratives following a research focus he calls Radio Art+Performance+Research (RAPR). Barber's RAPR research focus has three parts: research and inquiry (Radio Nouspace), production and performance (Re-Imagined Radio), and my own sound explorations informed by my research and production (creative works of sound/radio art).

Barber's creative radio and sound art work has been broadcast internationally, and featured in juried exhibitions in America, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and United Arab Emirates. See Scholarship > Radio Art+Performance+Research.