Paul Roquet (proquet@mit.edu)

Paul Roquet

Paul Roquet studies the role of media technologies in the cultural history of the senses. Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self (Minnesota, 2016) explores how music, video art, film, and literature come to be used as tools of atmospheric mood regulation, theorizing what it means to treat media as a sensory resource for self-care. His current project rethinks virtual reality and other head-mounted media as part of a broader history of sensory enclosure, tracking the social stakes of shifting the perceptual environment into a digital realm. Each of these projects work closely with Japanese materials and social contexts, drawing on Japan’s complex history with media technologies to offer new perspectives for a global media studies. His essays have been published in journals including Animation, Journal of Japanese Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Representations, Sound Studies, and the Journal of Visual Culture. For more details visit proquet.mit.edu.