MCC Graduate Courses | Summer 2014

Please see below for information on two graduate courses being offered by Steinhardt’s Media, Culture, and Communication department this summer that may be of interest to ​Draper​ students.
If interested, please first email Robert Dimit for important registration info.
MCC-GE 2149-001 Cultural History of TV
Susan Murray
Summer Session I, May 27 – June 14, 2014
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 12:00 – 2:45 PM | 4 credits

MA Area of Study: Visual Culture and Cultural Studies
This course will survey the cultural and industrial history of American television. Students will come to understand how technological innovation, regulatory bodies, advertisers, network heads, creative producers, and audiences have interacted with economic, social, and political forces to shape television over time. We will also discuss the methodological practices and concerns involved in the writing of media histories, specifically the history of broadcasting.
Please contact the instructor, Susan Murray (, with any questions.
Susan Murray is an associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars! Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (2005) and the co-editor, with Laurie Ouellette, of two editions of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (2004; 2009). She is currently writing a history of color television in the U.S., which is under contract with Duke University.
MCC-GE 2166-001 The Global City and Media Ethnography
Allen Feldman
Summer Session I, May 27 – June 14, 2014
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 4:55 – 7:40 PM | 4 credits
MA Areas of Study: Global and Transcultural Communication; Visual Culture and Cultural Studies
Global urbanism harbors multiple actualities, designed and imagined space, performative inscription and collective memory, embodied sensation and digital simulacra. This seminar engages participant-sensation, observant participation and the affective fabric of techno-mediatic forms of life. Our terrain is sensory-centered research through visual, sonic and haptic cultures and media archeologies. The research process will focus on the sensory envelope of the self and the interface of a media skin shaped by technics and culture. The curriculum is aimed at students in the humanities, the arts and social sciences seeking practice-led skills at the intersection of social aesthetics and evidence-based multi-media inquiry. Our practice-led pedagogy empowers self-reflexive contextual and critical understandings of mediatic and sensory subjectivity in the creative process of research, in post-research curation-exhibition, dissemination and archival performances. 

Please contact the course instructor, Allen Feldman (, with any questions.  

Allen Feldman has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the emergency zones of Northern Ireland and South Africa and among the homeless infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City. He teaches visual culture, performance studies, and philosophy of media. Through numerous publications he pioneered the political ethnography of embodiment and the senses. He has designed and team-taught practice-led seminar-clinics with documentary film-makers, photographers, installation and digital artists in Budapest, Paris, Ljubljana and Dublin, and has written exhibition catalogue essays on immersion, web, and installation art for shows and on-line exhibitions in New York City and Lisbon.

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