William Uricchio

William Uricchio

William Uricchio

William Uricchio revisits the histories of old media when they were new; explores interactive and participatory documentary; writes about the past and future of television; thinks a lot about algorithms and archives; and researches cultural identities and the question of "Americanization" in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is Professor of Comparative Media Studies, Principal Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, and faculty director of the MISTI-Netherlands Program. He is also Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and has held visiting professorships at the Freie Universität Berlin, Stockholm University, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Lichtenberg-Kolleg), China University of Science and Technology, and in Denmark where he was DREAM professor. He has been awarded Guggenheim, Humboldt and Fulbright fellowships and the Berlin Prize; and is currently Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. His publications include Reframing Culture (Princeton); We Europeans? Media, Representations, Identities (Chicago/Intellect); Media Cultures (Heidelberg); hundreds of essays and book chapters … and, timed to coincide with the Batman-Superman big screen face-off, a forthcoming collection entitled Many More Lives of the Batman (BFI/Palgrave). He is currently completing a book on new forms of documentary; and another on games and playing with history and historiography after post-structuralism.

  • re:constructions…15 years after 9/11

    re:constructions…15 years after 9/11

    “It’s something of a time capsule, with responses to the events more or less as they happened and before they codified into a well-rehearsed narrative.”

     
  • Image from "Highrise/One millionth Tower", a short documentary celebrating the unique process of collaboration that brings the story of One Millionth Tower to life on the web. By Katarina Cizek.

    The Paradoxical Arts of CMS/W

    “One of the great things about MIT is that, even in the arts, it manages to be an exception to the rule.”

     
  • In Medias Res, Spring 2012

    In Medias Res, Spring 2012

    “The pas de deux between these top-down and bottom-up developments has put media ever more at the center of contemporary cultural practice.”

     
  • In Medias Res, Fall 2011

    In Medias Res, Fall 2011

    The debates sparked in our reorganization serve as powerful reminders that the university has been blissfully isolated from seismic changes.

     
  • The Algorithmic Turn: Photosynth, Augmented Reality and the State of the ImageWilliam Uricchio, Visual Studies. 26:1 (March 2011): 25-35.

    The Algorithmic Turn: Photosynth, Augmented Reality and the State of the Image

    The goal of this article is to explore one aspect of that change: the algorithmic construction of the image.

     
  • In Medias Res: The CMS 10th Anniversary

    In Medias Res: The CMS 10th Anniversary

    CMS emerged as a hearty repast, richer and more nutritious than we had any right to expect. It was the right program at the right time.

     
  • In Medias Res, Fall 2009

    In Medias Res, Fall 2009

    As CMS moves into its 10th year, dramatic change is certainly ongoing. But that change has logic…in new faculty, new research, and our alumni network.

     
  • We Europeans?: Media, Representations, Identities
William Uricchio
Intellect Ltd, 2009

    We Europeans?: Media, Representations, Identities

    William Uricchio explores media and identity in the shifting ethnicities, religions, tastes, generations, and languages of contemporary Europe.

     
  • In Medias Res, Fall 2008

    In Medias Res, Fall 2008

    Junot Díaz has long been a supporter of CMS, and we are all justly proud of the extraordinary critical response to the novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

     
  • Spring Course Profile: Media@MIT

    Spring Course Profile: Media@MIT

    A research-focused course, and concerned with the narratives that have been constructed around these figures and with the dominant readings that have been deployed in making sense of them.

     
  • Preserving Our Digital Heritage

    Preserving Our Digital Heritage

    William Uricchio: “UNESCO, long concerned with world heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal, extended its remit to include something far more ephemeral.”

     
  • In Medias Res, Spring 2008

    In Medias Res, Spring 2008

    The undergraduate curriculum has increasingly turned to cross-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and even multi-disciplinary approaches to education.

     
  • In Medias Res, Fall 2007

    In Medias Res, Fall 2007

    During the academic year, GAMBIT is allowing CMS to reinvent itself, to better achieve our goals inside both the classroom and the research laboratory.

     
  • In Medias Res, Spring 2007

    In Medias Res, Spring 2007

    What kind of discipline does CMS represent? It is not a discipline in any traditional sense of the word. CMS is radically interdisciplinary.

     
  • In Medias Res, Fall 2006

    In Medias Res, Fall 2006

    Singapore’s Media Development Authority and MIT launch a new laboratory promoting innovation in computer and video games.