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and spaces. New media and digital cultures point the way to the “postnational” and to the de-localization and re-territorialization of communi- cation, disturbing if not challenging notions of national distinctiveness. The editors of this volume have been involved in constructing a transat- lantic American Studies in various ways. For example, Clara Juncker and 10 | Russell Duncan edited Trading Cultures: Nationalism and Globalization in American Studies in 2002 and Transnational America: Contours of Modern U.S. Culture in 2004. Sharon Monteith acts as an

On the Circulation of Colonial Pictures Polyphony and Fragmentation HANS PETER HAHN INTRODUCTION: THE HISTORY AND CURRENT RELEVANCE OF COLONIAL PICTURE ARCHIVES In the last few years, an increasing number of picture collections from the colonial era have surfaced. Apparently, the era of colonial appropriation was also a phase of intensive mediatization of the politics of expansion. While the presence of these old pictures from all over the world grows more obvi- ous, the intensity of the connection between politics, ideology and new media is

38 Quoted in Whitelaw, 1. For an assessment of the evolution of cybernetic into digital aesthetics, see Gere, “New Media Art.” 39 Whitelaw, 2. 40 Littlewood, “A Laboratory of Fun.” INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION, SYSTEMS | 243 reconstruction of the Fun Palace project, Stanley Mathews writes that the collaboration with Littlewood worked as a frame for Price’s revolutionary ideas. Littlewood wanted to create a theater of pure performativity, a space of “cultural bricolage” where people could experience directly the intense transformative power of drama as actors

involve a Welsh Lan- guage Commissioner whose remit would extend that of the Welsh Lan- guage Board established in 1993. In March 2011, following a referendum 23 Jones and Fowler, 84. 294 | SHARON MONTEITH on the law-making powers of the Welsh Assembly, the language question was again firmly on the agenda. Now that it has been rolled into the idea of democracy-in-action, this demonstration may receive further recognition. Changing methodologies for preserving cultural memories are reflected in the growth of new