NMCC Omeka Showcase Exhibits are Live!

NMCC is happy to announce the launch of a digital web exhibit platform we have set up for our students. Using Omeka, a leading open-source digital collections and design collection, we have created a hosted space for NMCC students to build a digital exhibit with the assistance of NMCC (and Digital Scholarship Center) staff.

We are launching with two just-finished exhibits by a pair of excellent NMCC graduate students.  The first exhibit, by NMCC and History of Art and Architecture Doctoral Student Emily Lawhead, is titled “‘Make a Shadow’: The Performative Arc of Mieko Shiomi’s Spatial Poem #4.” It  traces the performative dimensions of a decade-long (1965-175) project by Japanese artist Mieko Shiomi (b. 1938) in association with the international Fluxus Movement. The second, by NMCC Program Assistant and SOJC Doctoral Candidate Patrick Jones, is titled “Mechanized Secrecy: A Genealogy of Democratic Spaces.” It explores how the secret ballot reorganized the act of voting in the United States in the late 19th century.

For more information on our Omeka exhibits, visit our website.

Congratulations to our 2020 NMCC Graduates

Congratulations to our talented 2020 NMCC graduates, Julia Major (MA, Nonprofit Management) and Palita Chunsaengchan (PhD, Comparative Literature)! Julia’s favorite NMCC course was Media Archaeology with NMCC Director, Dr. Colin Koopman. She plans to pursue a career in Higher Ed after graduating this June. Dr. Chunsaengchan’s favorite course was Transmedial Aesthetics with Dr. Michael Allan. She will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota starting this fall. To learn more about our graduates and their research, visit our website.

2020 Spring Shelfie: Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan is a doctoral candidate in media studies at the University of Oregon. His research explores the environmental media industry, with a specific interest in technology’s influence on the production, distribution, and exhibition of natural history and science communication. This research has manifested in fieldwork at the United Nations headquarters, interviews with filmmakers from the Discovery Channel and the BBC Natural History Unit, and in-depth engagement with archival films and materials from the National Geographic, Library of Congress, and American Museum of Natural History archives. His work on the subject has been published in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and In Media Res. Additionally, Phil is currently co-editing a collection, The Wild: Image and Industry, that takes a transdisciplinary approach to political economy and the environmental humanities.

Phil’s dissertation, in part, engages the “old” media of 16mm film through the lens of new media studies. Specifically, this work is interested in the introduction of portable 16mm camera technology to the field of nature documentary filmmaking in the 1920s and 1930s. To aid in this work, Phil’s bookshelf currently houses thick omnibus collections of Nature Magazine, an outdoors magazine published in the early half of the 20th century. Of particular interest to his project are the advertisements for 16mm cameras targeted toward readers interested in pursuing nature filmmaking both vocationally and avocationally. Early findings suggest that the vocabularies developed to promote these technologies 100 years ago are still used today—in advertisements for GoPros, selfie sticks, camper vans, and sleeping bags.

For anyone interested in contemporary resources that engage with media, technology, and the natural world, Phil suggests:

Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games, Alenda Chang (2019)
Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé, James Leo Cahill (2019)
Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene, Jennifer Fay (2018)
Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis, eds. Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (2017)
Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography, Matthew Brower (2010)

Fall 2020 Course Offerings Posted

Below are the NMCC Course Offerings for Fall 2020. For more information, please visit our website.


In AY 2020-2021, the Common Seminar, “History and Theory of New Media,” will be taught in both Winter and Spring Term. In Winter, the course will be taught in the School of Journalism and Communication. In the Spring, it will be taught in the Department of Comparative Literature by NMCC Director, Dr. Colin Koopman.


Fall 2020 Course Listings


Topics Courses

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Net Art Silva
CIS 571 Intro Artificial Intelligence Nguyen
EDUC 616 Phil Found Soc Sci Rosiek
J 610 Journalism Studies Lewis
PHIL 507 Sem Artificial Intelligence Alvarado
PPPM 510 Art in Society Blandy
PPPM 610 Visual Communications Brown
LAW 610 Trademark Law Priest
LAW 667 Copyrights Priest

Methods Courses

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Data Visualization Tan
EDLD 651 Intro Educ Data Sci Nese
EDLD 654 Mach Learn Edu Data Sc Nese
EDUC 611 Surv Educ Res Methods Irvin
EDUC 634 Qual Mth III: Post Inq Mazzei
EDUC 642 Mult Regress & Edu Research Zopluoglu
GEOG 590 Top GISci Web Mapping Merson
J 560 Top Insight w/Data Markowitz
J 560 Top Design Studio Asbury
LA 510 Env Data Visualization Lee
MUS 547 Digital Aud & Sound Des Stolet
PPPM 656 Quantitative Methods Jacobsen
PSY 512 Applied Data Analysis Pennefather
PSY 611 Data Analysis 1 Weston
SOC 613 Data Visualization Southworth

Electives Courses (note also that any Topics or Methods course counts as an elective)

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Interactive Video Ives
ARTD 563 Communication Design Salter
ARTD 571 3-D Computer Imaging Park
ARCH 523 Top Media Design Devel Williams
ARCH 610 Intro Arch Computing Speranza
CINE 510 Top Cinema & Censorship Alilunas
CINE 511/J 511 U.S. Film Industry Hanna
CINE 540 Top Contemp Glob Art Steinhart
J 512 Global Reality TV Sen
J 512 Top Consumer Culture Bybee
J 512 Comparative Media Law Youm
J 560 Top Advertising & Culture Elias
J 563 Top Data Journalism Maier
J 567 Top Digital Asia Nah
J 610 Media Hist: S & S Soderlund
J 612 Media Theory I Ofori-Parku
LA 508 Wrk Adv Digital Media Abelman
MUS 576 Digital Aud Wrk Tech 1 Bellona
MUS 645 Adv Electronic Compos Stolet


Free Virtual Workshop on Friday 5/15 on WordPress for Digital Humanists

The Digital Scholarship Center’s DREAM lab at the University Oregon will host the first of three workshops on WordPress for Digital Humanists on Friday, May 15 from 2-4. The workshop will focus on setting up website infrastructure. No experience with WordPress is necessary! For information or to register for the event visit the DSC website.

Call for participation: Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media at HICSS-54

The Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS-54) is currently accepting paper proposals for the 2021 conference. The Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media minitrack seeks both empirical studies and theory-building papers. Theoretical papers should engage with or trouble foundational ideas, paradigms, and methods from realms such as technology studies and media studies. Empirical papers should draw on original studies of digital and social media that illustrate critical or ethical dimensions. Full paper submissions are due on June 15, 2020 by midnight HST (revised final manuscripts will be due September 22, 2020).

Please see the official minitrack CFP for more information, and feel free to contact the minitrack co-chairs Tonia Sutherland (tsuther@hawaii.edu), T.L. Cowan (tl.cowan@utoronto.ca), Jas Rault (jas.rault@utoronto.ca), and Kishonna Gray (unicorn@uic.edu) with any general questions, ideas, concerns, questions about alternate submission parameters, and/or problems with submitting your paper by the June 15th deadline.

Please know that the organizers are very sensitive to the realities of Covid-19 and are working with reviewers and conference organizers to allow for the most generous approach to our minitrack possible. They are also sensitive to the concerns of the local community in Hawaiʻi and are actively engaging conversations about how to best proceed with our minitrack while minimizing potential harm to island residents.

SOJC’s “What Is Information?” Conference

Coming up this weekend (starting tonight in fact!) is the SOJC’s annual “What Is…?” conference that is always of interest to the NMCC community. The event is free and open to everyone in the UO community. Check it out for a little bit of isolation relief.


This year’s theme and conference title is What is Information?



What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The cyberconference will consider information and its transformational effects and affects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; from differential equations to physical information; and from volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity to collective intelligence and wisdom.


This conference is free and open to all UO affiliates.  Please click on the registration link (https://blogs.uoregon.edu/whatisinformation/registration/) to join a waitlist so you can be verified by conference organizers before receiving the link for the virtual sessions.


… and a special thanks to Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz for their quick work in porting the annual conference to an online format this year!

A Successful 2nd Annual Data/Media/Digital Graduate Symposium!

Thank you everyone for a successful second annual Data/Media/Digital Graduate Symposium! Last Friday, February 28th, eight graduate students from five different departments presented work covering an array of topics that showed the amazing scope of research being done at UO on digital media and technology. A special thanks to our presenters Bailey Hilgren (Environmental Studies), Brandon Harris (Media Studies), Shiloh Deitz (Geography), Teresa Caprioglio (Media Studies), Mary McLevey (Philosophy), Spencer Cherasia (Media Studies), Valérie Simon (Philosophy), Gabriela Chitwood (History of Art and Architecture), and Patrick Jones (Media Studies).

Our thanks also go out to our co-organizers at UO Digital Humanities and the School of Journalism and Communication, as well as to our faculty presenters Max Foxman (Media Studies) and Ramón Alvarado (Philosophy), and our hosts at the Digital Scholarship Center.

Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou with Dr. Margaret Cohen on Thursday, February 27

Please attend Professor Margaret Cohen’s talk, “Piscinéma, from Man Ray to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” on Thursday, February 27 from 12-2 pm in the Knight Browsing Room.

Professor Cohen is Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford University. She also directs Stanford’s Center for the Study of the Novel.

She is the author of two prize-winners: The Sentimental Education of the Novel and The Novel and The Sea. Professor Cohen’s forthcoming book Underwater Eye deals with the history of cinema shot underwater. She is editing a multivolume Cultural History of the Sea forthcoming with Bloomsbury Press.

Her visit takes place under the auspices of Dr. Fabienne Moore’s new course, FR 460/560: Law and Empire of the Seas. Dr. Moore, an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages, developed the course with the support of an Oregon Humanities Center 2019-20 Sherl K. Coleman and Margaret E. Guitteau Teaching Professorship.