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Seminars

Each of the four required CMAP seminar will be offered once in a two year cycle. Students enrolled in the program move through these seminars as a cohort; they either start the cycle with CMAP 8001 or CMAP 8003. Each seminar is also open to interested students who are not officially enrolled in the joint Ph.D. program.

  • CMAP 8001: Media and the Senses. Rigorous introduction to modern media theory. Special attention will be paid to the way in which contemporary media address and reshape the human sensorium. Students will engage with different theories of vision, hearing, touch, smell, taste, and locomotion, and with how media technologies such phonography, photography, cinema, and digital imaging have captured and reworked human sensory perception. (fall 2016, fall 2018)
  • CMAP 8002: History of Media. Designed to offer a broad historical survey of different media technologies and of how different media have been used (and feared) as modes of knowing and engaging with the world. Special attention to moments of historical rupture in order to reconstruct the technological protocols and social meanings of older and new media: the invention of the printing press, the advent of photographic and phonographic inscription in the nineteenth century, the transition from silent to sound film, the coming of personal computing, the emergence of x-ray and MRI technologies. (spring 2017, spring 2019)
  • CMAP 8003: Media and Society. Provides a rich set of concepts and perspectives to think about the role of media in modern society. Addresses different political and economic frameworks of media production and distribution, the role of authorship and copyright in an era of digital distribution, the tensions between privacy and publicness in a time of advanced data collection, the use of media in political decision making, the role of different media in the negotiation of gender and sexual difference, and media and disability. Additionally focuses on the rise of social networking, and the transformation of entertainment industries and academic institutions in times of online connectivity and digital data management. (fall 2017, fall 2019)
  • CMAP 8004: Media Ecology. Designed to study how media of all sorts have come to define the spaces of human life, action, experience and what we may call “our world.” Focus on the impact of media technologies on built environments such as urban centers, academic learning spaces, museum and gallery settings, hospitals, transitory spaces (airports, malls, train stations), and domestic interiors. Additional attention to how different technologies and media are used to alter the shape of our natural surroundings, be it to address issues of climate change or remake specific landscapes in form of aesthetic projects. (spring 2018, spring 2020)