The world cannot be explained and understood only through a political and economic framework. Communication and culture are as important a factor and as such are worthy of our attention and analysis. Neither can the world be explained through mono-narratives and single stories.
Media, Culture and Globalization
Religious and spiritual experiences are not limited to sacred rituals or conventional places of worship. They are increasingly mediated through television, film, the Internet, political campaigns and consumer culture. This course considers the possibilities, issues and controversies involved in the mediation of religion across different religious traditions in the US and globally.
Media, Religion and Popular Culture
Islam, Modernity & Popular Culture
Explores the shifting boundaries of cultural and religious Muslim identities through media representation and production in Muslim-majority countries and in the West. Using popular culture as a complex site of struggle, this course examines how Muslims address questions of gender, ethnicity, class, democracy, sexuality, religion, and modernity in a variety of media forms and practices.
A two-semester doctoral seminar that surveys the major lines of inquiry in communication theories as they bear on problems of media studies.
Proseminar in Media & Communication Theory
This seminar explores the critical perspectives that have shaped the recent scholarship on diaspora and the media in relation to questions of discourse, cultural identity, race, gender, class, and religion in a networked era of communication.
Diaspora and Media
This course surveys the broad literature of global media studies and traces the historical interconnections between communication, global politics, global economy, media systems and technologies, media flows, and the impact this has on the construction of individual and social identities.