Course descriptions and syllabi for Fall 2019 can be found below.
After the Digital
This course will examine the influence of digital technology on contemporary film and visual media. Drawing on art history, cinema studies, architecture, and media studies we will historicize the radical shift brought about by digital technology while engaging in debates over our post-digital, post-internet, post-cinematic media culture. 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 come after digitization is over, that is, at the end of the digital.
Technologies of Identification (PhD)
This course investigates how computational media have come to shape the form and function of identity in contemporary society, working from the premise that digital technologies have conscripted users into systems of compulsory identification with or as a set of discrete categories for the purpose of value extraction largely divorced from or in direct contradiction with a radical politics of difference. To this end we will explore contemporary work in queer, feminist, disability, and critical race theory as it engages - or fails to engage - the transformative effect of digital media today.