Media Studies Minor Colloquium (PMA 2000)

This 1-credit course is required for undergraduate minors. Members of the Media Studies undergraduate cohort will meet once a week to share and reflect on their experiences and discuss relevant concepts.

Media Studies Colloquium

The Media Studies Colloquium brings together faculty and staff members, graduate students, and other members of the Cornell Community, along with invited guest speakers, to discuss current scholarship. To obtain pre-circulated materials, please subscribe to the media studies mailing list (MEDIA-STUDIES-L) or contact the current colloquium organizer Anna Shechtman.


2023 - 2024

"New Aesthetic Forms, from Lethargy to AI"
Tung Hui-Hu, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

October 19, 9:30-11:00am
AD White House

"Wireless Futures:  Speculative Media and German Modernity, 1900/2000/2100"
Erik Born, German Studies and Medieval Studies

November 17, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Understanding the Impacts and Legacies of Historical Redlining in the U.S."
Wenfei Xu, City and Regional Planning

December 1, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Small Worlds:  Measuring the Mobility of Characters in English-Language Fiction"
Matthew Wilkins, Information Science

February 9, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Anonymous, QAnon, Tik-tok teens, K-pop fans"
Michelle Cho, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

March 8, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Crisscrossed Times:  Reenactment in Contemporary Latin American Documentary"
Irina Raquel Troconis Gonzalez, Romance Studies

March 22, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Media Backends: Digital Infrastructures and Sociotechnical Relations"
Lisa Parks, Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

April 12, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Why and How to Staff for Privacy in Academic Libraries"
Eliza Bettinger, Cornell University Library

May 3, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

Archive of Past Events

2021 - 2022

“Beyond Status Effects: Disability and Japanese Role-Playing Games”
Andrew Campana, Asian Studies

September 24, 12:00-1:30pm
AD White House Tent

“The Maniac-Making Machine: A Media History of Delayed Auditory Feedback”
Owen Marshall, Science and Technology Studies

October 22, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

“A Black W/hole: Phantom Cinemas and the Reimagining of Black Women's Media Histories”    
Samantha N. Sheppard, Performing and Media Arts

November 19, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

“Ruin Sound: Audio Afterlives, Reenactment, and Remembrance in the 21st Century”
María Edurne Zuazu, Society for the Humanities

December 3, 12:00-1:30pm
Uris Library 311

"Mainstream Media and the Media Personality"
Anna Shechtman, Klarman Fellow, Literatures in English

March 4, 11:00-12:30
Uris Library 311

"Impact Assessment of Human-Algorithm Feedback Loops"
J. Nathan Matias, Communication and Information Science

March 11, 1:30-3:00
Uris Library 311

“Technics Improvised, from Media Art to Archive”
Tim Murray, Comparative Literature and Literatures in English

March 18, 11:00-12:30
Uris Library 311

"Pop Art and South Asia:  Aesthetics and Politics"
Iftikhar Dadi, History of Art

April 15, 1:30-3:00
Uris Library 311

“Beyond the Straight and Narrow: Queer and Trans Representations on US Television”
Katherine Sender, Communication and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
April 29, 1:30-3:00
Uris Library 311


2020 - 2021

Media Objects Conference


2019 - 2020

September 30    Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam
"Media Archaeology as Symptom"

October 11    Iván Chaar López, Latin American Studies Program, Science and Technology Studies
"Alien Data:  Immigration and Regimes of Connectivity in the U.S."

November 22    Jon McKenzie, Professor of the Practice, Department of English
"Diagrammatic Storytelling, Transmedia Knowledge, Rural Humanities"

February 7    Ziad Fahmy, Near Eastern Studies
"Early Egyptian Radio: Transitioning from Media-Capitalism to Media-Etatism, 1926-1934."


2018 - 2019

September 21    Judith Peraino (Music)
“I’ll Be Your Mixtape:   Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and the Queer Intimacies of Cassettes”

October 19    Katie Addleman-Frankel (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art)
“Crossing the Photographic Divide: Mining and Making Meaning”

November 16    Malte Ziewitz (Science and Technology Studies)
“Algorithmic Dramas”

February 14    Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)
"Parade: Eight Digital Poems of Contemporary Japan.” 

March 14    Kristin Roebuck (History)
“Mediating Defeat: Grieving the Nation and National Grievance in Japan after World War II"

March 28    Athena Kirk (Classics)
“What is an epigraphe in Classical Greece?"

 April 18    Parisa Vaziri (Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies)
“Pneumatics of Blackness: Nāṣir Taqvā’ī’s Bād-i Jin”

April 25    Sophia Efstathiou, Programme of Applied Ethics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
“A Role for the Arts in Technology Assessment: The Science, Humanities and Arts Knowledge Exchange (SHAKE).” 


2017 - 2018

September 2    Verity Platt, Classics and History of Art, 
"The Seal of Polycrates: A Discourse on Discourse Channel Conditions.”

October 19    Jeremy Braddock, English
"'Government-Inflicted Simulation':  The Firesign Theatre's I Think We're All Bozos on this Bus"

November 16        Sabine Haenni, Performing and Media Arts
From The Location of Cinema:  Marseilles, Film History from the Periphery

February 15        Karen Levy, Information Science
"Refractive Surveillance:  Monitoring Customers to Manage Workers"

March 15        Brooke Duffy, Communication
"Idols of Promotion: The Triumph of Self-Branding in the Age of Precarity"

April 19        Jennifer Minner, City and Regional Planning
"Assembly and Care of Memory:  Revisiting the Past with Objects, Landscapes, and Online Media"


2016 - 2017

September 29        Nick Salvato (Performing and Media Arts)

October 27        Steve Jackson (Information Science, Science and Technology Studies)
"Rethinking Repair"

December 1        Lee Humphreys (Communication)
from The Qualified Self:  Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life 

January 26        Roger Moseley (Music)
from Keys to Play:  Music as a Ludic Medium from Apollo to Nintendo

February 23        Jenny Sabin (Architecture, Art & Planning)
"Transformative Research Practice:  Architectural Affordances and Crisis"

March 23        Sasa Zivkovic (Architecture, Art & Planning)
"Beyond the Ecology of Concrete Sausages"

April 27        Astrid Van Oyen (Classics)
"Finding the Material in Material Culture:  Form and Matter in Roman Concrete" (from Materializing Roman Histories)