Undergraduate Courses

MCC-UE 1021 - Dead Media Research Studio

This course is devoted to media archaeology, that is, historical research on forgotten, obsolete, or otherwise 'dead' media technologies. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the skills and resources necessary for producing rigorous scholarship on obsolete and obscure media. It will include an exposure to scholarship in media archaeology including writings from Friedrich Kittler and Jonathan Sterne; an intensive introduction to research methods; instruction on the localization and utilization of word, image, and sound archives; and a continuing emphasis on the need to restore media artifacts to their proper social and cultural context. The course follows a research studio model commonly used in disciplines such as architecture.