Historical and theoretical study of socially and technologically mediated performative communication in film, radio, television, music and sound, digital media, human and animal movement, the internet, writing and print, labor, politics and activism. It attends to formal, philosophical, performative, and social approaches. The focus is on socially mediated performances and communications at critical junctures of media and technology, including:

  • Critical approaches to media production, practice and process
  • Formal, philosophical and social perspectives on performance analysis and aesthetics
  • The construction of cultural hierarchies and taste, including the performance of citizenship, social engagement, and political activism
  • Modes of production mediating performance and identity in history, rhetoric, politics, and society
Examples of faculty and student research focus:
  • New radio and film technologies re-shaping political participation in 1930s and 40s Europe
  • Amateur video productions changing vernacular culture in contemporary Nigeria
  • Rhetorical strategies for political change through storytelling in societies new to participation in liberal democracy
  • Ethics of global touring for ‘site specific’ installations in visual arts
  • Implications of digital technology for systems of human trafficking
  • Animated/digital bodies as extensions of the human body
  • Ensemble theatre practice in Brazil
  • Dance film methodologies for documentation
  • Collaboration and listening practices as a mode of composition
  • Book art and disunified aesthetics: graphic experiments in contemporary paper/online publishing
  • Documentary photography as politically motivated performance and ethical comportment toward the world
  • Gender and film studies, the history and representation of violence and warfare, German literature and culture from the eighteenth century to the present