Global Media: Reading Across Borders (Fall 2016, University of Miami)
This course explores communication technologies (both ‘old’ and ‘new’) across national borders. Students interrogate the ramifications of cross-platform and cross-cultural reading in the digital age. Texts include works of electronic literature, print media, art and cinema from across the 20th and 21st century Americas. In addition to these literary, filmic and plastic art works, students examine the impact and context of machine translation, so-called ‘Global English,’ and social media as they shape the nature of reading and textual production in the contemporary moment.
Introduction to Theory II (Spring 2016, University of Miami)
This course is designed to familiarize graduate students in the Humanities with key developments in theoretical approaches to literary and cultural studies, with particular focus on works published from 1980 to the present in critical theory. Students will explore texts from scholars of neo-vitalism, object oriented ontology, ecocritcism, non-representational theory, media studies, and critical digital humanities. In addition to these theoretical works, the seminar also closely examines literary texts, films, and works of art in a variety of media that resonate with or otherwise engage these and other emerging approaches to aesthetic, political, and cultural objects.
Control Shift: Making Meaning Across Media (Spring 2015, Case Western Reserve University)
This course explores the ways in which communication media (from painting, to print volumes, to websites, to mobile applications) impact, shape, change, and encourage or prohibit certain ways of knowing and producing knowledge about our worlds. Looking at both analog forms, like the book, and digital forms, like the blog, students explore the relationship between medium and message. Situating the course material historically, this seminar seeks to understand shifts toward and between analog and digital communication and material and virtual texts, and the impacts such shifts have on our ways of understanding the world and each other. In addition to exploring key works that seek to understand what media is and has been, students also work collaboratively to produce their own texts in a variety of media (both old and new). Critical writing will is paired with alternative approaches to studying media, including the employment of data visualization and textual analysis software, online mapping platforms and text encoding.