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November 2018

The Language of Civic Life: Past to Present

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Roderick Hart

The University of Texas' Roderick Hart argues that disagreements – endless, raucous disagreements – draw citizens in, or at least enough of them to sustain civic hope.

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2018 CMS Alumni Panel

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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On the heels of the day’s graduate program information session, join us for our annual colloquium featuring alumni of CMS, discussing their lives from MIT to their careers today.

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October 2018

#MoreThanCode: Practitioner-led Research to Reimagine Technology for Social Justice

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Sasha Costanza-Chock explores key findings and recommendations from #MoreThanCode (morethancode.cc), a recently-released field scan based on more than 100 practitioner interviews.

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September 2018

Collective Intelligence: Featuring Agnieszka Kurant, Stefan Helmreich, Adam Haar Horowitz and Caroline Jones

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Agnieszka Kurant's floating stone art called "Air Rights"

Four MIT artists and scholars discuss the idea of collective intelligence in relation to emerging technology, artistic inquiry, and social and cultural movements. CMS/W Professor Nick Monfort moderates.

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May 2018

Imperial Arrangements: South African Apartheid and the Force of Photography

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Kimberly Juanita Brown

Kimberly Juanita Brown will focus on US news media coverage of apartheid in the last year of its existence, and the images that anchored viewers' interpretation of the event.

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Ordinary Violence and Network Form: On #blacklivesmatter

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Scott Richmond

Scott C. Richmond argues that what is at stake in #blacklivesmatter is a Black political form that is also an emphatically network form, operating below, beyond, and to the side of what can be practiced, grasped at the level of the individual, of intention, and of representation.

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April 2018

Between Participation and Control: A Long History of CCTV

Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Anne-Katrin Weber photo

This talk by Anne-Katrin Weber explores the politics of CCTV, highlighting the adaptability of closed-circuit technologies, which accommodate to, and underpin variable contexts of media participation as well as of surveillance and control.

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The City Talks: Storytelling at the New York Times’s Metro Desk

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Emily Rueb - Photo by Leslye Davis

Emily Rueb, a reporter for The New York Times, will share insights gained in bursting boundaries of traditional storytelling for The New York Times's Metro desk -- weaving video, audio, illustrations and text across multiple platforms.

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Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture

Thursday, April 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Nancy Baym

Nancy Baym: "By the time musicians and industry figures realized they could use the internet to reach audiences directly, those audiences had already established their presences and social norms online, putting them in unprecedented positions of power."

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March 2018

Moving Broadband from Sea to Land: Internet Infrastructure and Digital Labor in Tanzania

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Lisa Parks

CMS/W Professor Lisa Parks presents what keeps low-income Tanzanians from accessing broadband services despite four undersea cable landings and an innovative regulatory regime.

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Visual Representations of Race and Gender: Analyzing “Me” in #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Tumblr

Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Jenny Korn uses critical race theories and intersectional feminist theories to analyze the visual and textual content of the blog #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to reveal constructions of social justice, respectability politics, media biases, racial stereotypes, viral popularity, and hashtag activism on Tumblr.

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The Tip of the Iceberg: Sound Studies and the Future of Afrofuturism

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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andré carrington

andré carrington's research on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama aims to expand the repertoire of literary adaptation studies by reintegrating critical perspectives from marginal and popular sectors of the media landscape into the advancing agendas of Afrofuturism and decolonization.

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The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Deen Freelon, UNC

University of North Carolina's Deen Freelon will explain how he and his collaborators are addressing challenges to analyzing Russian political influence operations and present key preliminary findings from their ongoing project focused on this campaign.

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February 2018

ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Dr. Carleen Maitland

Carleen Maitland introduces the terms "digital refugee" and "digital humanitarian brokerage" as she previews her new edited volume Digital Lifeline? ICTs for Refugees and Displaced Persons.

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From Augmented to Virtual Learning: Affordances of Different Mixes of Reality for Learning

Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Eric Klopfer photo

Eric Klopfer asks, what theories and evidence can we generate and build upon to provide a foundation for using augmented and virtual reality technologies productively for learning?

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December 2017

The Emotional Politics of Piracy, Or Why We Feel Intellectual Property Infringement as National Trauma

Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Anjali Vats photo

Anjali Vats: "The everdayness and banality of piratical trauma fuels desires for intellectual property maximalism and intellectual property criminalization, which reproduce the very conditions which gave rise to the trauma."

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November 2017

Fall 2017 Alumni Panel: Matthew Weise, Karen Schrier Shaenfield, Ainsley Sutherland, and Beyza Boyacioglu

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Join us for this year's alumni panel, when we hear from four alums of the graduate program in Comparative Media Studies as they discuss their experience at MIT and what their careers have looked like in the fields a CMS degree prepared them for.

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October 2017

Cloud Policy: Anatomy of a Regulatory Crisis

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Jennifer Holt examines the legal and cultural crises surrounding the regulation of data in “the cloud.” The complex landscape of laws and policies governing digital data are currently rife with unresolvable conflicts. The challenges of distributing and protecting digital data in a policy landscape that is simultaneously local, national, and global have created problems that often defy legal paradigms, national boundaries, and traditional geographies of control.

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Mapping Climate Change: Contested Futures in New York City’s Flood Zone

Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Liz Koslov photo

Explore how certain places come to be seen as “at risk” in anticipation of climate change, and what this way of seeing means for their inhabitants. Drawing on fieldwork over four years in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the talk will focus on the fraught development and implementation of new FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood maps for New York City, where hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property now lie in the high-risk flood zone.

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Ecological Criticism in the Age of the Database

Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Sean Cubitt

Sean Cubitt asserts the value of anecdotal evidence against the rise of statistics, but at the same time wants to confront the difficulties in bringing about an encounter between readers (human or otherwise) and the mass image constructed by social media and search giants.

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September 2017

The Mediated Construction of Reality: from Berger and Luckmann to Norbert Elias

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Sociologist Nick Couldry radically rethinks the implications of social constructivism for a work saturated not just with digital media, but with data processes

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Platforms in the Public Interest: Lessons from Minitel

Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll

After thirty years in service, Minitel offers a wealth of data for thinking about internet policy and an alternative model for the internet's future: a public platform for private innovation.

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Engineering Virality: BuzzFeed’s Scientific Approach To Creating Content

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Walter Menendez photo

BuzzFeed's Walter Menendez: "This talk will detail how BuzzFeed thinks about and creates content, highlighting our paradigms for the function and role of our content."

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Playful Practice: Designing the Future of Teacher Learning

Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Justin Reich

In this participatory session, play samples of some of the practice spaces that Justin Reich's team is developing and discuss the theoretical foundations of their vision for the future of teacher learning.

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May 2017

From Taft to Trump: How Conservative Media Activists Won — and Lost — the GOP

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Nicole Hemmer will explain how conservative media activists won the GOP for the right -- and how in the era of Trump, they lost it.

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The Contingencies of Comparison: Rethinking Comparative Media

Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Brian Larkin and Stefan Andriopoulos

Brian Larkin and Stefan Andriopoulos: "It is clear that future media centers will emerge in places far outside their traditional Western centers."

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April 2017

Michael Lee: “The Conservative Canon Before and After Trump”

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Michael J. Lee charts the vital role of canonical post–World War II (1945–1964) books in generating, guiding, and sustaining conservatism as a political force in the United States.

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Barbie and Mortal Kombat 20 Years Later

Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Yasmin Kafai and Gabriela Richard

Yasmin Kafai and Gabriela Richard expand the discussions on gender, race, and sexuality in gaming.

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March 2017

The Networked Sensory Landscape Meets the Future of Documentary

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Glorianna Davenport photo

Glorianna Davenport presents DoppelMarsh, data from a dense network of diverse environmental sensors mapped to deliver “a sense of being there” in a re-synthesized, ever-changing landscape.

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From Stereopticon to Telephone: The Selling of the President in the Gilded Age

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Charles Musser photo

Charles Musser: "19th century media forms set in motion not only a new way of imagining how to market national campaigns and candidates; they also helped to usher in novel forms of mass spectatorship."

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Desktop Reveries: Hand, Software, and the Space of Japanese Artist Animation

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Paul Roquet

Seeking to unravel the analytical split between the "drawn" and the "digital" in animation and media studies more broadly, Paul Roquet’s project moves back and forth between two desktops: the hard surface of the drawing table and the pixelated surface of the screen.

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February 2017

Authoritarian and Democratic Data Science in an Experimenting Society

Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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MIT's Nathan Matias asks, how will the role of data science in democracy be transformed as software expands the public's ability to conduct our own experiments at scale?

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April 2016

Fox Harrell: “Reflections on Advanced Identity Representation”

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Associate Professor Fox Harrell

Fox Harrell presents outcomes from his National Science Foundation-supported Advanced Identity Representation project, which helped reveal social biases in existing systems and implements systems to respond to those biases with greater nuance and expressive power.

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Nick Seaver: “What Do People Do All Day?”

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Nick Seaver

Drawing on years of fieldwork with the developers of algorithmic music recommenders, Seaver describes how people make sense of new kinds of jobs.

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March 2016

Lisa Glebatis Perks: “Media Marathoning and Affective Involvement”

Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Lisa Perks, Merrimack College

Merrimack College's Lisa Perks draws from discourse gathered from over 100 marathoners to describe some of marathoners’ most common emotional experiences, including anger, empathy, parasocial mourning, nostalgia, and regret.

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Thomas Elsaesser: “Media Archaeology as Symptom”

Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Thomas Elsaesser, Columbia University

Is media archaeology a (viable) disciplinary subject or a (valuable) symptom also of changes in our ideas of history, causality and contingency?

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A Conversation with Guy Maddin

Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Installation artist, filmmaker, and director Guy Maddin

In a conversation with William Uricchio, Maddin will discuss why we should bother digging up filmic and narrative memories from oblivion.

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February 2016

Vincent Brown: “Designing Histories of Slavery for the Database Age”

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Vincent Brown, Harvard University

By wrestling creatively and collectively with the difficult archival problems presented by social history of slavery, Harvard's Vincent Brown hopes to chart new pathways for pondering history’s most painful and vexing subjects.

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Caroline Jack: “How Facts Survive in Public Service Media”

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Vintage CRT television

When the Ad Council bombarded television viewers with messages on economic literacy, was it information or propaganda? One way to answer that question is to look at corporate managers and executives as consequential social actors.

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Lisa Parks: “Drone Matters: Vertical Mediation in the Horn of Africa”

Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Lisa-Parks

Lisa Parks is interested both in the discourses that have been used to expose covert US drone interventions and in the ways that drone operations themselves function as technologies of mediation.

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Amanda Lotz: “Television Didn’t Die: But Broadband Distribution Revolutionized It”

Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Amanda Lotz

Amanda Lotz on what transpired when the long anticipated face off between "new media" and television finally took place in 2010.

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January 2014

Surveillance in Cultural Context: Seven Films

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Explore the culture of surveillance in modern society in a series of brilliant films about surveillance and modernity.

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