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Aurora Wallace

Clinical Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication (European Director for MCC)

Media, Culture, and Communication

212-998-9004

Selected Publications

  • Media Capital: Architecture and Communications in New York City. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2012.
  • “Better Here Than There: Prison Narratives in Reality Television,” Punishment in Popular Culture NYU Press, 2014.
  • “When the Set Becomes Permanent: The Spatial Reconfiguration of Hollywood North,” John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkle, eds. Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
  • “Girl Watching at Expo,” Expo ’67: More Than Just a Souvenir. Johanne Sloan and Rhona Kinneally, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.
  • "Mapping City Crime and the New Aesthetic of Danger," Journal of Visual Culture. Vol. 8 no. 1, 2009. pp. 5-24.

Programs

Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

Courses

Advertising and Society

The course will include an introduction of the influential sociological theory of consumerism by Zygmunt Bauman. Other theories (see the syllabus bellow) will be presented as well. After the presentation of the mentioned theories, we will concentrate on their application to the Central European environment, which will be discussed in the context of globalization. The main aim is to show the relationship between the advertisement and the society in the current phase of society’s development, which can be characterized as a mutual discussion, but a discussion of unequal partners.


In this context we will discuss the impact of current mechanisms of consumer society, which through the advertisement influences issues like i.e.: gender, politics, art, national identity, ethnic relations and democracy. We will also discuss chosen types of advertisement messages, how they influence the viewer and which ethical problems arise from such an influence.
Course #
MCC-UE 9015
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Aurora Wallace , Mark Crispin Miller ,
Department

Crime, Violence and Media

Debates about the role of crime in the media have been among the most
sustained and divisive in the field of communications, and they are

dependent on a foundation of equally divisive debates about “media

influence.” This course will broaden this discussion to consider the

culture of crime in relation to conventions of news and entertainment in

the mass media, and its larger social and political context. Topics will

include crime reporting, the role of place in crime stories, the aesthetics

of crime, moral panics and fears, crime and consumer culture, and the

social construction of different kinds of crimes and criminals.
Course #
MCC-UE 9012
Units
4
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Aurora Wallace ,
Department

Introduction to Media Studies

Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated forms of
communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include: the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values and behaviors; the role of media professionals; the impact of new media technologies.
Course #
MCC-UE 9001
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Aurora Wallace ,
Department

Introduction to Media Studies

Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated forms of communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include: the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values and behaviors; the role of media professionals; the impact of new media technologies.
Course #
MCC-UE 1
Units
4
Term
Fall, January, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Aurora Wallace , Helga Tawil-Souri ,
Department