Save the date for the 2017-18 NMCC Book Forum, scheduled for Winter term on Friday March 9, 2018 at 2:00 in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Refreshments (and wine!) will be served after the conversation.
This year’s NMCC Book Forum will feature a panel of UO faculty discussing Kate Mondloch‘s just-out (to be published in January 2018, actually) A Capsule Aesthetic: Feminist Materialisms in New Media Art (University of Minnesota Press).
Our book discussants will be Michael Allan (UO, Comparative Literature), Stephanie LeManager (UO, English & Environmental Studies), and Daniel Rosenberg (UO, Clark Honors College, History). The discussion will then feature a response from Kate Mondloch. NMCC Director Colin Koopman will moderate the session.
A warm welcome to our newest NMCC additions, Kenneth Hanson and Alican Akyuz!
I’m a recent graduate of Kent State University where I received by M.A. in sociology. My thesis was an empirical examination of the how heterosexual college students use Tinder and other dating apps as a way to bond with their friends (not just for hooking up). My thesis also examined the different experiences women and men had when using dating apps in their conversations as well as meeting their matches. Broadly, this relates to my larger aim of understanding how gender and sexuality are expressed and experienced in conjunction with technological platforms. My next project is a critical examination of the discourse constructed on The Red Pill (on Reddit). I’m excited to be at the University of Oregon to pursue my PhD in sociology, and to join the community of scholars interested in new media studies. Feel free to email me if you want to chat!
Alican received his B.A from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University in Turkey. In 2015 he was awarded with a DAAD fellowship and began his M.A in British Studies at Humboldt-University of Berlin in Germany. Establishing a relationship between relational subjectivity and multiple bodily belongings, his master’s thesis focused on the notion of posthuman of the technologically-mediated world. In 2016 he was a research assistant at the Open University in Wales, UK. Before joining the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Oregon in 2017, Alican received a fellowship from Einstein Foundation Berlin and was a pre-doctoral fellow at Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at Free University of Berlin in Germany. His research focuses on 19th- through 21st-century Ottoman and Turkish literature and visual culture, interrelations between medium technologies and westernization in the Middle East, and intellectual histories of Europe and Asia Minor.
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Laura is an advanced doctoral candidate in Media Studies at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. Her education includes a BA in Cultural Studies (Columbia College Chicago), and an MS in Media Studies (Univ. of Oregon). Continue reading
Taking a brief break from summer here in anticipation of gearing up for Fall term classes… we wanted to post an updated listing of fall term courses now available on the NMCC 2017-18 courses page.
A newly-arrived course offering that will be of interest to many of you is a brand-new class in WGS titled ‘Digital Cultures and Sexualities‘. This course will interrogate digital cultures as multi-faceted sites composed of material technologies, social practices, and cultural meanings that convey ideas about sexuality and gender. Drawing on the work of gender studies and new media scholars such as Anne Balsamo, Tom Boellstorff, A.R. Stone, Amy Adele Hasinoff, and others, the course will explore how sexuality and gender is articulated through narratives of technological innovation, the role of sexuality and the digital in processes of identity formation, and the possibilities and limits of digital worlds for disrupting, reinforcing, and/or challenging sexualized and gendered dynamics of power.
The course will be taught by Jeremiah Favara, a graduate of our very own New Media and Culture certificate program here at UO and this year an instructor in WGS. Jeremiah’s research focuses on the roles of gender, sexuality, race, technology, and history in media production and representations.
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!