Culture, Communications & Media
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- The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California fosters dynamic synergies and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of communication and journalism through unparalleled access to the nation's and the world's entertainment, media and technology industries.
- The Applied Communication and Technology Laboratory (ACT Lab) at Simon Fraser University is engaged in research on the intersection between communication technology and cultural creation. It brings together graduate students, practitioners and researchers to study a wide variety of applications of advanced technology to education, community, entertainment, and the arts. ACT researchers have studied issues in philosophy of technology, public participation in design, revolutionary propaganda, photography, online games and online community, learning objects and online education, surveillance studies, media art, and human communication on computer networks.
The Berkeley Center for New Media at UC Berkeley aims to understand what is new about each new media from cross-disciplinary and global perspectives that emphasize humanities and the public interest. The Center catalyzes research and educates future leaders by presenting courses, symposia and special events for students, researchers, industry, and the public to seek out, consider, and develop innovative theories of contemporary new media.
The aims of C3 are the cultural application and creative employment of new scientific and technological discoveries, the research, development and support of innovative artistic potentials, and the initiation and realisation of art, science, communications, educational and cultural programmes. C3 is an open, not for profit institution, a space for innovative experiments and developments related to communication, culture and open society, its main focus the fostering of meetings and cooperation among spheres of art, science and technology.
The Center for Citizen Media is a new initiative aimed at helping to enable and encourage grassroots media, especially citizen journalism, at every level. The nonprofit Center is jointly affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University Law School.
The University of Calgary offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Communication and Culture. Graduates study in one of two streams, Communication Studies or Culture and Society, both of which are offered at the MasterÕs and Doctoral levels.
The Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University brings together perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, and communication-and media-related professions, and aims to encourage innovative thinking, research, and practice. The curriculum reflects the view that advanced work in this field requires not only a thorough grounding in theory and method but also a grasp of the practices, processes, and technologies in contemporary communication and cultural production.
CTheory is an international peer-reviewed journal of theory, technology, and culture. It publishes articles, interviews, and event-scenes. The journal is edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker and based at the University of Victoria.
The e-Horizons Project is focused on critically assessing competing visions of the future of media, information and communication technologies and their societal implications. The projectÕs key strategy is to examine leading-edge developments in the use of information and communication technologies in the sciences and humanities as a window on the future of technology in everyday life. The project gains synergies from pursuing a range of interrelated projects and pooling the strengths of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) with the combined connections with the humanities, social and computer sciences and engineering across the University of Oxford and throughout the world.
The iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research at the University of New South Wales brings together researchers and postgraduate students in new media, aesthetics, cinematic theory, multimedia design, computer science, cognitive science, software/hardware engineering and mining virtual reality. The iCinema research program focuses on research into digital interactivity for benchmark applications across the arts, culture and industry. In particular it is focused on the way the digital can be used to imagine new ways of living in the contemporary world, redefining how we seek recreation and learning, and the way we work and do business.
The Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) researches and develops computing systems for creative expression, cultural analysis, and social change. Their research and development work includes new forms of gaming, interactive narrative, social media, digital media art, and, most importantly, creative computing forms unanticipated by any of those.
The Institute of Information and Media Studies at the University of Aarhus conducts research on historical, sociological, communicative, and design-oriented approaches to the study of the development and application of information technology at the individual organisational, and societal levels. The Institute's research in media studies includes projects concerning production aesthetics, textual analysis, and reception within print media, radio, TV, film, and the internet, as well as topics concerning the theory, policy, history, and institution of the media.
With research priority areas in physical computing, desktop fabrication, versioning, and scholarly exhibits, the Universtiy of Victoria's Maker Lab in the Humanities intersects cultural criticism, computation, and comparative media studies with tacit learning, multimodal communication, and experimental methods. As the Lab's name suggests, its design is anchored in blending a humanities research lab with a collaborative makerspace--a design that affords its team of graduate students and faculty opportunities to build projects through various modes of knowing by doing (e.g., programming, markup, data modeling, 3D printing, speculative design, prototyping, and new media production).
The McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto aims to encourage understanding of the effects of technology on culture and society from theoretical and practical perspectives, and thus to continue the ground-breaking work initiated by Marshall McLuhan.
Media@lse offers interdisciplinary graduate teaching to an international body of students through its programmes at the Masters level and through graduate research training. It undertakes research at the interface between social and technological change, critically addressing the key issues in the emerging digital world, and seeking a better understanding of their dynamics in ways that can be communicated to academic, industrial and governmental audiences.
The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of American mass media.
The Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC) is a unique interdisciplinary institute for research focused on the impact of technological change on culture, politics and society. Linking together researchers in the Faculties of Social Science, Engineering, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Indigenous Governance, and Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria, PACTAC provides a collaborative interdisciplinary site for advanced research on information technology, new media, and digital communication as well as for rethinking issues related to ethics and biotechnology.
Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, one of India's leading research institutes with a commitment to critical and dissenting thought and a focus on critically expanding the horizons of the discourse on development, particularly with reference to South Asia. It is a coalition of researchers and practitioners with a commitment towards developing a model of research-practice that is public and creative, in which multiple voices express and render themselves in a variety of forms.
Dynamic and innovative, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is a national leader in the discipline, and its research and teaching programs are internationally renowned and influential. The School has earned an international reputation for its outstanding curriculum, and it is at the vanguard of new and emerging interdisciplinary approaches in research and teaching.
The School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (LCC) is committed to teaching and research in cultural studies, new media studies, and the humanities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Building on the reputation and resources of Georgia Tech, LCC is especially concerned with cultural studies of science and technology, with designing and creating digital artifacts, and with communication in a variety of media contexts.
The Science, Technology and Culture specialization in York University's Humanities Graduate Programme provides new and important ways for analyzing the character and historical development of the practices and claims of science and technology. Whereas scientific texts have in the past been seen as standing apart from their cultural roots in their embodiment of eternal truths about nature, the Programme will treat the authority of these texts as cultural constructions which change over time.
The Software Studies Initiative was founded in 2007 to help the development of this new research paradigm in the humanities and media studies. We work to disseminate the broad vision of software studies. That is, we think of software as a layer that permeates all areas of contemporary societies. Therefore, if we want to understand contemporary techniques of control, communication, representation, simulation, analysis, decision-making, memory, vision, writing, and interaction, our analysis can't be complete until we consider this software layer. This is why we are convinced that "software studies" is necessary and we welcome you to join us in our projects and activities.
Telecommunication and media studies focus on media industries and technologies as systems of communication operating in specific cultural and historical contexts. The Department of Communication at Texas A&M emphasizes globalism in local context, international and comparative studies, equal attention to new media and historical forces, and both industrial and cultural analyses.