Course descriptions and syllabi for Spring 2018 can be found below.
After the Digital
This course will examine the influence of digital technology on contemporary film and visual media. Rather than critique the supposed “newness” of new media, we will take seriously the claim that digital technology marks a radical break with earlier media forms, and that this transformation has had a profound influence on the way we view and understand the world around us. Ultimately we will ask what comes “after the digital” as a moment or period in the history of the media, while speculating on what might exist beyond digitization, that is, at the end of the digital.
Media Theories (PhD)
This course will offer an introduction to media theory not as a fixed disciplinary form but as a heterogeneous field of inquiry with multiple and competing origins, influences, and applications. Tracing media theory's early 20th century origins alongside field-defining movements - including the Toronto School, the New York School, and the more recent turn toward so-called German Media Theory - the course will track the expansion of the media concept to its near-universal application across a range of disciplines from film studies and art history to geology and quantum mechanics.