Summer Courses in "Media, Culture, and Communication"

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication in Steinhardt has asked that we forward the following course descriptions to you. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Robert Dimit ( first to discuss your plans. Remember that only 8 credits can be applied to your Draper degree from schools outside of GSAS.




Summer 2010 Graduate Courses in Media, Culture, and Communication

E58.2403 Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies: Visuality and Globalization
Nicholas Mirzoeff
May 17 – June 25
Monday/Wednesday 1:30 – 4:10 pm
Call number: 40912 (4 credits)
Visual culture studies visuality as a key component of globalization. By visuality, we mean the visualization of history, composed of images, ideas and the imagination. This class introduces present-day visualized globalization in historical context and offers students ways to research visual culture in the intersections between globalizations past and present. In the first half of the class, lectures and discussion trace the concept of visuality from its emergence in the 19th century to its uses in imperial regimes and the neo-visuality of the present. We consider how visuality imagines history as war, visible only to the Hero, or Great Man, and consider alternatives proposed by abolitionists, indigenous people, and the labor movement. The second half of the class will be a series of visual media-based workshops from painting and photography to film and digital media, discussing strategies and approaches to research as well as offering students the opportunity to use primary and archival materials. Students will develop a project proposal that might be developed into a thesis, article or mixed-media project.

E58.2166 The Global City and Media Ethnography
Allen Feldman
May 17 – June 4
Monday – Thursday 4:55 – 7:40 pm
Call number: 40328 (4 credits)

The course focuses on the theories and methods of media/sensory ethnography, visual culture, media archeology, through the linked topics of transcultural and trans-local processes, diaspora identities, the post colonial and human rights. The curriculum is aimed at graduate and senior undergraduate students from diverse disciplines who want to explore creative media practice as a research methodology for their respective thesis projects and other research. This course provides students with theoretical and practical grounding in multi-sited action research in trans-cultural and transnational settings. Through social historical and trans-cultural ethnographic perspectives practice-led pedagogy promotes a self-reflexive contextual and critical understanding of the use of media for the conduct and dissemination of research and the creation of social knowledge through participatory cultural production. Practice-led research overcomes divisions between social theory and action-research, and between creative practice and evidence-based research. There will be a strong emphasis on comprehending visual phenomena in cross-cultural perspective and the creation of social knowledge through participatory cultural production.

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