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May 2021

‘Healing’ Anime in a Pandemic

Monday, May 10 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom information available upon registration Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Young anime girl holding a cat-shaped mask

Join CMS/W professors Paul Roquet and Ian Condry as they discuss "healing-style" anime, centered on the film A Whisker Away.

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April 2021

Jonathan Sterne, “Diminished Vocalities: On Prostheses and Abilities”

Thursday, April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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Most discussions of the voice frame it as a human faculty that is connected to self and agency, as when we say that a political group “has a voice,” or when the tone of voice is taken as expressing a speaker’s inner meaning or selfhood. But how to understand voices that are produced prosthetically?

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2021 CMS Graduate Thesis Presentations

Friday, April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join our graduate students as they present their Master's theses to the public. Register here, and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

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James Wynn, “There’s No Place Like Home: Promotional Narratives, Science Fiction, and the Case for Mars Colonization”

Thursday, April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Concept Mars colony

How do you persuade people to leave their indigenous communities to start new ones in a foreign and sometimes hostile place?

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March 2021

Discuss “The Infiltrators” with director Alex Rivera

Thursday, March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Poster from "The Infiltrators" showing two main characters behind red stylized bars, vertical to resemble the American flag.

Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than twenty years.

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Civic Media Insights: Sulafa Zidani, “‘Speaking in Memes’: The Linguistic and Creative Politics of the Untranslatable Public”

Friday, March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94332660080 MA
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Sulafa Zidani examines the transnational power dynamics within the creative practices of online publics.

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Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, “Measuring Equity-Promoting Behaviors in Digital Teaching Simulations: A Topic Modeling Approach”

Thursday, March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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As K-12 schools increasingly reckon with our country long history of racist teaching practices, digital simulations may provide ways to help teachers name, re-examine, and reflect on their own practice and move toward anti-racist teaching.

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Civic Media Insights: Jabari Evans, “The Anatomy of Digital Clout(chasing): Examining Social Media Visibility, Relational Labor and Empowerment Strategies of Black Youth in Chicago’s Drill Rap Scene”

Thursday, March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/95369628997 MA
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Jabari Evans explores the content and character of Drill rap artists' work on social media toward acquiring “clout”- a digital form of influence rooted in Hip-Hop that allows marginalized youth to leverage digital tools in building social status.

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Civic Media Insights: Rogelio Alejandro Lopez, “Rebels with a Cause: Youth, Social Movements, and Media”

Friday, March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94875943941 MA
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Using a mixed-methods, and multi-framework approach — social movements and participatory politics — Rogelio Lopez examines notable instances of youth protest and contextualizes them within broader movements to center and prioritize generational and intersectional social justice claims and grievances.

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Beyza Boyacioglu and Jeff Soyk, “Zeki Müren Hotline – Mobile Experience”

Thursday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Zeki Muren Hotline app front page showing Muren with hands on hips

A 2015 participatory project around Turkish pop star Zeki Müren became a sensation. Now it's been turned into an interactive experience pairing the project's nostalgic messages with vignettes from Müren's life and legacy.

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Civic Media Insights: Rachel Kuo, “Movement Media: Racial Solidarities Across Platforms”

Thursday, March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/98427008549 MA
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Looking at processes behind media-making and information sharing, this talk by Rachel Kuo demonstrates ways that racial justice movements create and sustain connections across incommensurable and uneven racial differences.

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February 2021

Civic Media Insights: Burcu Baykurt, “The City as Data Machine: Local Governance in the Age of Big Data”

Friday, February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/99693116799 MA
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Burcu Baykurt on how Kansas City officials and civic entrepreneurs ignored the needs of already-vulnerable groups, downplayed their legitimate concerns about automated surveillance, and neglected the “data deserts” that they had created.

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Charisse L’Pree, “What is a Media Psychography? A 20-year Methodological Journey”

Thursday, February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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L’Pree discusses the role of interdisciplinary research and how she has maneuvered a wide variety of methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, critical, and applied, in order to answer life’s questions.

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Lupe Fiasco Speaks about The Society of Spoken Art

Wednesday, February 24 @ 5:00 pm
Zoom information available upon registration Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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With CMS/W Professor Nick Montfort, Lupe Fiasco discuses the educational guild that brings established and aspiring rappers together to hone their verbal prowess and master the fundamentals of linguistic and semiotic methodology.

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January 2021

CMS.S60/CMS.S96 Lightning in a Panel: American Comics and the Graphic Novel

Friday, January 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Register through Websis, must attend all sessions.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States + Google Map

Lightning in a Panel: American Comics and the Graphic Novel is a one week IAP offering that tackles the American comic book from three distinct and defining perspectives: superheroes and fantasy, crime comics, and the graphic memoir. While the superhero offered an electrifying narrative for comics and ushered its transition from newspaper strips to the comic book, it also seemed to impose a limiting identity upon the medium as a site for “juvenile literature.” How did writers and artists respond…

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