Welcome Summer!

The NMCC blog will be joining everyone on summer vacation until September. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to seeing new and returning students in the fall for another great year!

If you missed our announcement about next year’s transition of NMCC leadership, be sure to catch up as we say farewell to the founding director Kate Mondloch, and hello to incoming director Colin Koopman. And please give a warm welcome to next year’s NMCC GE Laura Strait! Thank you to everyone’s participation in making this year such a success, it has been a pleasure working with Kate, and Colin through the transition, and getting to know past, present, and future students!

Don’t forget to stop by our table at the annual Graduate Student Resource Fair during orientation week in September!

Congratulations again to all of our 2017 graduates!

 

A New Era: NMCC Director Transition

NMCC Founding Director Kate Mondloch is stepping down after four years of leading the NMCC. Under Kate’s direction, the program has enrolled over forty MA and PhD students from a wide range of degree programs, from Comparative Literature to Conflict Resolution. The NMCC now lists ninety affiliated staff and faculty from across campus and boasts a vibrant social media presence, making NMCC a widely-recognized hub for all things “new media” at UO. “I’m honored to have overseen the NMCC from proposal-on-paper to thriving transdisciplinary program,” says Kate. “It’s a great feeling to know that we’ve helped so many grads enhance their new media credentials and secure top positions– tenure-track jobs at the Universities of Maryland and Georgia, postdoc fellowships at Penn and Lafayette, research positions at IBM and Microsoft, and the list goes on.” Kate notes that special thanks are due to Doug Blandy and Carol Stabile, who served as the architects behind the certificate proposal and tirelessly shepherded it through the approval process, as well as the advisory committee members and the staff in the Digital Scholarship Center. Deans Scott Pratt and Christoph Lindner were instrumental in securing a permanent home for the certificate in the Graduate School, where the NMCC will transition to new leadership.

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Colin Koopman is an Associate Professor in Philosophy whose current research is focused on new media theory and the politics of data. He is currently writing a book on the history of information-driven conceptions of selfhood in the early twentieth century. Colin has been enthusiastic about NMCC since its inception during his first few years at UO and is looking forward to his new role as Director. As he settles into helping manage the regular operations and strategic vision of the program, Colin is excited about expanding the kinds of opportunities NMCC offers to students. Next academic year he hopes to begin growing the number of events put on for the community, pairing the quarterly NMCC open houses with events geared explicitly at NMCC students.  These events might range from workshops to guest lectures to panel presentations featuring NMCC faculty.

If you have an idea for an event you would like to see, please email Colin at koopman@uoregon.edu and let him know!

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations NMCC Graduates!

We are delighted to announce the talented group of NMCC graduates for the 2016-2017 academic year: Jolene Fisher, Wade Keye, Matthew Pittman, Jeremiah Favara, and Alec Tefertiller, from SOJC. We are very proud of the hard work and perseverance that all have displayed in their academic pursuits during their time with us, and we look forward to celebrating their scholarly and technological accomplishments in the years ahead.

Congratulations class of 2017!


Jolene Fisher, Ph.D. Media Studies

Jolene Fisher is a Summer 2016 NMCC graduate from the School of Journalism and Communication, where she taught and assisted in classes ranging from media history, video and TV news production and reporting, and media communications in developing countries. She played an active role in her professional field at the University of Oregon, writing numerous papers for international, national, and regional conferences; and publishing articles in three key journals and one book focusing on the intersection of communication and culture. She is interested in continuing on this road in the future, turning her academic writing into a book that demonstrats how new media such as games and apps can be a valuable tool in bringing aide and education to developing communities, particularly those of minorities and dealing with illness and extreme poverty.


Wade Keye, M.A. Media Studies

Wade Keye is a Spring 2017 NMCC graduate from the School of Journalism and Communication who’s interests lie in film studies and the phenomenon of death on social media.  Building upon his background in film theory, production, and tech journalism, his research has centered around a humanistic inquiry into the the communicative practices engaged in by living users with the social media profiles of the dead, and questions the possible impact of data collection and algorithmic representation on the boundary between life and death. Wade hopes to pursue doctoral study and a career in media education in the future, while continuing his personal work in film production and fondly remembering his time in the NMCC, which he hopes will one day become a major of its own.


Matthew Pittman, Ph.D. Media Studies

Matthew Pittaman is a Spring 2017 graduate specializing in the social and cultural impact of an increasingly digital world. His dissertation, entitled “Phoneliness,” explores the relationships between mobile social media, personality, and loneliness. He is specifically interested in how new and social media augment or diminish our shared humanity. Matthew looks forward to a position as an Assistant Professor at Rowan University and thanks the NMCC for the variety of course options available. He enjoyed being able to experiment with different classes while knowing he would always be able to find one that fit; John Russel’s seminar on Digital Scholarship made a particular impact.


Jeremiah Favara, Ph.D. Media Studies

Jeremiah Favara is a Summer 2017 NMCC graduate whose research focuses on the intersections of media, technology, nation, and gender in representations of militarization. His dissertation, “An Army of Some: Recruiting for Difference and Diversity in the U.S. Military,” explores military recruitment advertising during the era of the all-volunteer force and proposes that the project of military inclusion was driven by a need to recruit bodies in maintenance of the military institution. He argues that military inclusion in recruiting ads obfuscates class inequalities critical to recruiting, reconfigures ideas about military masculinity, promotes ideologies of colorblindness, and regulates ideas about gender and sexuality, particularly for women in the military. Though his future plans are uncertain, he hopes to continue his work in feminist media studies, utilizing the interdisciplinary avenues he enjoyed during his coursework with the NMCC.


Alec Tefertiller, Ph.D. Media Studies

Alec Tefertiller is a Summer 2017 NMCC graduate specializing in technology, social media, advertising, and social science. His favorite course while participating in the NMCC was a seminar in Digital Scholarship, which opened his eyes to new ways of approaching, collecting, and understanding digital information. His primary research during his time at the University of Oregon focused on the use of social context cues in Facebook advertisements, during which he discovered that the mere presence of social impact in Facebook advertisements affects brand attitudes even if the presence does not exert much influence itself. He also found that a person’s social capital in their Facebook network increased their willingness to share advertisements and positively influenced their purchase intentions. Alec is looking forward to building on this research and his NMCC coursework in his future position as tenure-track Assistant professor of Advertising at Kansas State University

 

NMCC GE Position

The New Media & Culture Certificate is hiring for a .49 GE position for the 2017-2018 academic year! Preference will be given to current participants in the program, so please apply!

Duties: 

We are seeking a highly-motivated and research-oriented graduate student for a position as an assistant to the Director of the New Media and Culture Graduate Certificate Program (NMCC).  The successful applicant will work closely with the Director on projects and tasks that will help you enhance your existing skill sets in: social media strategy, curating a cross-platform web presence that includes blogging and basic website development in addition to a variety of social media, networking with UO faculty and outreach with UO students, and basic skills in research, writing, and presentation.  The job duties for this position will be focused on social media engagement, digital humanities toolkits, research, and writing; the position will additionally include administrative duties assisting with regular program operations.

For more information on NMCC please visit our website at: newmediaculture.uoregon.edu.

Specific job duties will include:

  • Collaboratively updating and expanding NMCC’s social media presence across twitter, Instagram, facebook, email subscription list, and other platforms standard in academia and industry
  • Collaboratively updating and improving the NMCC blog; curating a regular stream of content geared toward an interdisciplinary group of students all focused on the study and use of new media in their work
  • Researching events, conferences, and other opportunities of value to the NMCC students in order to publicize these opportunities.
  • Active outreach with NMCC faculty and students in order to curate an online presence featuring some of the best work in new media and culture going on across campus; collaborate with NMCC Director on a year-long research and development project to employ existing digital humanities curation and presentation platforms to design user experiences for navigating this content
  • Researching UO course offerings focused on new media and culture, communication with faculty offering these courses, and maintaining data on these courses.
  • Assist NMCC Director in managing applicants to the program and maintaining a database of current and past students; including meeting with students and NMCC Director on occasion
  • Assist NMCC Director and collaborating faculty across campus in preparing for a variety outreach events including NMCC Open Houses, NMCC sponsored events (workshops, lectures, etc.), and the UO Graduate Fair.
  • Assist with other NMCC administrative tasks, as needed
  • Meeting regularly with NMCC Director (on an approximately weekly basis, and more frequently leading up to and following registration)
  • Meeting quarterly with NMCC Director to assist in preparation of quarterly reports
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Graduate students pursuing any master’s or doctoral degree may apply.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Preference will be given to PhD Students (but this is not a requirement, and all interested UO graduate students are encouraged to apply)
  • Preference will be given to NMCC graduate students (but this is not a requirement, and all interested UO graduate students are encouraged to apply)
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Social media development and maintenance skills (preference for experience)
  • Familiarity and efficiency with a variety of basic software suites, including: social media platforms (especially Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), digital humanities tools (e.g., Omeka, Voyant Tools, TaDiRAH, Google Ngram), internet search engines, data retrieval & organization methods, word processing software (e.g., MS Word and Google Docs), spreadsheet software (e.g., MS Excel)
  • Basic web development experience (at a beginner or above level) is a plus
  • Interdisciplinary interests and some interdisciplinary research experience
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students in writing, over the phone, and in person
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently

Deadline: May 25th – Open until Filled

Full Position Posting

Application Procedure: 

Submit your application via email with subject line titled “NMCC GE Application” to Colin Koopman, incoming NMCC Director, koopman@uoregon.edu

Your application should include:

  1. cover letter explaining your interest and applicable skills in relation to this position
  2. brief (no more than 1 side of 1 page) resumé of your social media and web development experience
  3. academic cv
  4. names and contact information for at least two references.

 

Digital Library Federation Forum

DLF Forum, October 23-25th -- Join us in Pittsburgh!

The Digital Library Federation invites proposals for the 2017 DLF Forum, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 23-25, 2017. Separate calls have been issued for allied meetings, taking place in the same location: the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (October 22) and Digital Preservation 2017, the annual conference of DLF’s affiliate organization, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (October 25-26).

The DLF Forum traditionally has no set theme so that it may speak to matters of interest to all, including:

  • digital library, archives, and museum collections and resources;
  • technologies and infrastructure;
  • services and programs;
  • staffing, education, and professional development;
  • social contexts and ethics;
  • labor and vendor relations;
  • or other DLF community missions, priorities, problems, and concerns.

We depend on you to propose action-oriented topics geared toward a practitioner audience, considering aspects of design, labor, social responsibility, leadership, collaboration, implementation, and assessment.

Proposals are due by May 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Read the full CFP here

2017 University of Oregon Grad Forum

On May 12, 2017, the University of Oregon Graduate School will host the 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum. Last year over 100 students from graduate programs representing every UO school and college participated in the Grad Forum.

The Grad Forum is an excellent professional development opportunity for students to share their work with an interdisciplinary audience of faculty, other graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the public. We appreciate the support you have offered over the past 7 years and look forward to your ongoing support this year.

Students can participate in ONE OF THREE WAYS:

POSTER SUBMISSIONS: Submit a title; a 150 word abstract describing
your research; and a 140 character thumbnail summary to be used for the
promotional materials (about 25-28 words). Details about poster size
will be available soon. Posters previously developed or to be developed
in the future for presentation at other conferences are welcome.

    * THREE MINUTE THESIS SUBMISSIONS: Submit a title; a 150 word abstract
describing your research; and a 140 character thumbnail summary to be
used for the promotional materials (about 25-28 words). Presenters will
have 3 minutes (no more!) to present their research at the forum and
they can use one static slide. Winners have the opportunity to compete
in the state finals for Three Minute Thesis, held here in Eugene on
Saturday May 20, 2017

    * SYMPOSIA SUBMISSIONS: Symposia are comprised of talks by three to
five graduate students (total presentation time is 1 hour). At least two
different fields must be represented, and the talks should share a theme
or topic. Submit a symposium title and a 300-word abstract describing
the symposium theme and how each of the talks relates to it. In
addition, for _each_ individual presentation, submit a title and a 140
character thumbnail summary. Please designate one symposium participant
as a contact person, who will also serve as the panel’s moderator.

New this year! – To continue the excitement of last year’s popular “blitz” talks, we are holding the Three Minute Thesis competition in conjunction with the Grad Forum.

Three Minute Thesis presentations will be one of the presentation formats:

* Symposia need to include only TWO different departments this year
(although we encourage you to indulge your interdisciplinary desires to
the maximum extent!). If you have an idea about a symposium and need
help fleshing it out or finding other participants to complete your
symposium, please contact Sara Hodges at sdhodges@uoregon.edu.

Grad Forum is open to new presenters whose research is ready to go public. We also encourage more seasoned participants to take advantage of this lively exchange of ideas. Please consider applying!

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017

LINK FOR SUBMISSIONS

February Shelfie: Jason Lester

“I am a second-year PhD student in the Comparative Literature department. I am interested in transnational modernism, media studies, aesthetics, critical theory, poetry, and film, among other things, and I am currently preparing a conference paper for the 2017 University of Michigan Comparative Literature Graduate Conference. My paper will be titled, “Chinese Slow Cinema in the Time of the Network.”
Jason has found that NMCC courses complement his focus in Comparative Literature quite well due to the fact that both the certificate and the are “committed to interdisciplinarity — not only in terms of focus on national area studies and commitment to critical and theoretical perspectives, which originate from a variety of disciplines, but also in understanding of  [media and literature] as an object of critical inquiry”
After reading Andre Bazin’s What Is Cinema (1967) in Professor Michael Allan’s “Transmedial Aesthetics” course in Fall 2015 – both a foundation course in Comparative Literature and an NMCC methods course – Jason became interested in the claim of Bazin “that it is the quality of mise en scene which is most fundamental to cinema — in opposition to Eisenstein’s privileging of montage editing and the cut. [And his prioritization of] long takes and deep focus, believing that technical advances in film production help move us closer to a teleological “myth of total cinema.”
In the NMCC core seminar class, taught by Professor Bish Sen last spring, Jason was introduces to Manuel Castells’ The Rise of the Network Society (1996). “For my seminar paper, I conducted a literature review of the way that time has been engaged and socially conceptualized in the modern and contemporary period, and became interested in how Castells argues that in the network society there has been an emergence of new social formations of space and time, organized into what he calls the space of flows and timeless time. Although Castells is often cited within the social sciences and architecture, he has rarely been employed within the Humanities. I am interested in teasing out how his observations can be meaningfully employed towards a phenomenological investigation of cinema and everyday life on the level of the aesthetic.”
Jason’s Primary Interests:
Within the last decade, there has been a considerable amount of critical work applied towards what has been labeled contemplative or slow cinema. In particular, I am interested in the films of Sixth Generation director Jia Zhangke and Taiwanese Second New Wave director Tsai Ming-Liang. It is my contention that a formal analysis of the aesthetic qualities of these films reveals how time is socially formed in the network society, being phenomenologically experienced as instantaneousness in the dynamic, nodal space of flows and as interminable slowness or stillness in the static, contiguous space of places.
Beyond my work in contemporary film and the network society, I am currently researching the aesthetics of vitalism in and between the United States and China in the modernist period. I am interested in the incipient role of affective vitalist philosophy in American encounters with Chinese literary texts, beginning with Ernest Fenollosa’s The Chinese Character as a Medium for Poetry and its employment in the thinking and poetry of Ezra Pound. Moreover, I am also interested in how western vitalist philosophies are presaged and transfigured within Chinese literature and film, as seen in key works such as Wild Grass by the preeminent Chinese modernist writer Lu Xun, as well as The Big Road by 1930s Shanghai director Sun Yu.
I’m also very interested in questions of exploration, immersion and diegesis in video games, particularly in walking simulator games — first person games which prioritize exploration and affective relationships to space instead of merely shooting other people with guns.”
Film Recommendations:
Book Recommendations:
Video Games:
The Beginner’s Guide (2015) — Programmer Davey Wreden
Slave of God (2012) — Programmer Stephen Lavelle
Music Videos:
“Cranes in the Sky” — Perf. Solange Knowles, Dir. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
“Don’t Touch My Hair” — Perf. Solange Knowles, Dir. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
“Both of Solange’s music videos feature long takes, long shots, and slow or or static camera movement — all of which is antithetical to what we expect from a music video.”
Poetry:
Art:

NMCC Alumni Update

We caught up with two recent NMCC alumna to see what exciting things they have been up to and how their experiences in this certificate helped them on their way!

Emily McGinn received her PhD in Comparative Literature in 2014 and is currently the Digital Humanities Coordinator at the University of Georgia, overseeing the Willson Center Digital Humanities Lab (DigiLab), where she develops Digital Humanities curriculum, provides workshops and training to faculty and students, and consults on grants and project scoping. “It is an enormous job that keeps me moving,” Emily explains, where “I am perpetually learning new skills, testing new tools and applications, and finding creative solutions to complex projects.”

Taking a “non-traditional path,” Emily did not anticipate this career trajectory when beginning her PhD. She credits John Russell, now at Penn State, for setting her on this path after introducing her to the Digital Humanities.

“Through his guidance and the NMCC curriculum, I gained the skills and experience necessary to earn a CLIR (Council of Library and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Working on the Digital Scholarship Services team at Lafayette furthered the work I had begun with NMCC and propelled me to my new position at UGA.”

Looking back on her time with the NMCC, she “knew that pursuing the certificate was worth the investment. The program expanded my vision for what was possible after grad school and encouraged me to apply broadly to a variety of opportunities.”

Emily’s current projects include integrating DH projects into traditional humanities classes, “working with professors to bring DH skills and methods directly into the undergraduate classroom while also building capacity among the faculty for future DH work.” Though a career in this field is often in constant flux, she enjoys research opportunities open to her and opportunities to “push the boundaries of scholarship” and is looking forward to what the future holds.

Emily’s resource recommendations:

The Programming Historian – peer-reviewed, beginner-friendly source for all things DH

dataviz – fun, sleek guide for tools, resources and technologies in data visualization

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Chelsea Bullock also received her PhD in 2014, in Media Studies, and currently handles UX (user experience) research and strategy at IBM with The Weather Company, where her favorite part of the day is collaborating and “grappling with big, difficult questions like:

  • How do we provide parity in technological access across the global spectrum of connectivity?
  • How do technological habits and expectations vary around the world?
  • How do we anticipate the ways technology is evolving the ways we interface with one another, with our environments, and with the changing climate?”

Chelsea credits her participation in the New Media and Culture Certificate for introducing her to “multi-faced approaches to technology…and it’s symbiotic relationship with culture,” providing “a solid foundation for thinking critically and historically about technology” and practice in asking questions and building compelling arguments – skills she now uses daily.

“As a practice,” she explains, “I sketch the borders of the big picture before diving into details; asking ‘how’ and ‘why’ serves me well at IBM and has presented a lot of opportunities.”

Expanding her vocabulary through the NMCC, in addition to work with the Fembot Collective, gave Chelsea the confidence to pursue a future in the tech world in order “to ask hard questions, advocate for all users, and strategically design meaningful solutions to real problems.”

For those eager to follow a similar path, Chelsea recommends seeking opportunities for active work in your desired field, “dedicating the labor to a project with an actual deliverable result will help you determine whether or not the work is what you want to continue to pursue.” She also acknowledges how her desire to continue learning was of immense value to her as a candidate on the professional market. “Read widely, listen to diverse podcasts, participate in free webinars, attend local industry meetups, and watch tutorials and lectures in adjacent technologies or fields than the one(s) in which you usually work.”

Her favorite thing about technology? “I love its interconnectivity and evolving algorithmic logic, but I most appreciate the sophisticated ways technology lets us think about what it means to be human. The digital humanities enable us to reflect on historical networks as ways of being and sharing, and subsequently anticipate (re-)emerging patterns and trends.”

Chelsea’s resource recommendations:

Jocelyn K. Glei – blog/newsletter on work, design, and managing a digital life

LitHub – trusted source for all things literary: news to novels, publishing houses to non-profits

Brain Pickings : “for all the things you didn’t know you needed to read to be a better human in the world”

Upcoming Lecture: Erkki Huhtamo

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts is excited to announce the next A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture – Thursday, February 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m, LA 177. 

Erkki Huhtamo: “Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen”

“Media screens are both present and absent, both well known and unknown. Pervasive use makes them ‘vanish.’ We look through them, not at them. Even cracked smartphone screens do not attract attention to their wounded surfaces. The users read messages and “realities” through the cracks which they barely notice. Screens not only disguise themselves; they hide the history of their own becoming. The media archaeologist’s task is to make the screens visible again and to excavate the cultural contexts where they have been used and given meanings – even hundreds of years ago. This lecture is based on the author’s forthcoming book Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen. It demonstrates one possible way of researching screens, suggesting a new approach for media studies.”

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Erkki Huhtamo is known as a founding figure of media archaeology. He has published extensively on media culture and media arts, lectured worldwide, given stage performances, curated exhibitions, and directed TV programs. He is a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. His most recent book is Illusions in Motion. Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2013).

This 2nd annual A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture is sponsored by the School of Architecture & Allied Arts with special thanks to History of Art and Architecture Department, Product Design Department, Art and Administration Program and Art and Technology Program for their support.