Course descriptions and syllabi for Spring 2019 can be found below.
Dead Media Research Studio
This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research into forgotten, obsolete, or otherwise “dead” media technologies. Our premise is that understanding these things can help us gain a better sense of the development, meaning and legacy of media technologies, now and in the future; our goal is to introduce students to the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous research on such obsolete and obscure media.
Film and Media Cultures
This course introduces analytical and theoretical methods in the study of film and other media including photography, television, video, print and digital media. It will provide students with a strong foundation for advanced work in film and media studies, and related disciplines. Throughout the semester, we will analyze the key technological/material, formal, and aesthetic features of different media and the modes of address and representation that define them. We will consider how different media organize time and space, and how they construct their audiences or spectators, producing different kinds of “publics.” Throughout, we will discuss the ideological effects of various media, focusing on questions of racial and sexual difference, national identity, capitalism and power.