What is Comparative Media?

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Saturday, October 1, 2016  1:00pm - 5:00pm Julius S. Held Lecture Hall (Th), 501 Schermerhorn (Fri/Sat)

The Comparative Media Initiative seeks to broaden our understanding of media by critically examining how the same technologies work in radically different ways across the globe, juxtaposing media practices in Africa, Latin America, and Asia as well as in Western centers.  At the same time, we do not study one medium in isolation but focus on the interaction between emerging, dominant, and residual media which always exist side by side.  Both modes of comparison aim to decenter dominant modes of media historiography by highlighting the reciprocal exchange between aesthetic forms and technological innovations as they take place in specific contexts that range from state socialism to advanced commodity cultures to Islamic theocracies.  

In order to pursue this comparative approach to the theory and history of media the conference assembles scholars from literary studies, art history, anthropology, architecture, film, music, and other related fields.

Participants

  • Organizer

  • Organizer

    Stefan Andriopoulos

    Professor of Germanic Languages

    Columbia University

  • Remarks

    Sharon Marcus

    Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Remarks

    Jane Gaines

    Professor of Film

    Columbia University

  • Keynote

    Jonathan Sterne

    Professor, James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology

    McGill University

  • Panel Chair

    Stefan Andriopoulos

    Professor of Germanic Languages

    Columbia University

  • Speaker

    Tom Gunning

    Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College, Director of Graduate Studies

    The University of Chicago

  • Speaker

    Tadeu Capistrano

    Professor of Art History

    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (EBA / UFRJ)

  • Respondent

    Rosalind Morris

    Professor of Anthropology

    Columbia University

  • Panel Chair

    Reinhold Martin

    Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Columbia University

  • Speaker

    Peter Geimer

    Professor of Art History

    Freie Universität, Berlin

  • Speaker

    Kajri Jain

    Associate Professor of Indian Visual Culture and Contemporary Art

    University of Toronto, Mississauga

  • Speaker

    Mara Mills

    Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

    New York University, Steinhardt

  • Respondent

    Ying Qian

    Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

    Columbia University

  • Keynote

    Ravi Sundaram

    Professor

    Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

  • Panel Chair

    Ana Maria Ochoa

    Professor of Music

    Columbia University

  • Speaker

    Gavin Steingo

    Assistant Professor of Music

    Princeton University

  • Speaker

    Weihong Bao

    Associate Professor

    University of California, Berkeley

  • Respondent

    Noam Elcott

    Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Media

    Columbia University

  • Panel Chair

    Debashree Mukherjee

    Assistant Professor

    Columbia University

  • Speaker

    Zeynep Çelik Alexander

    Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

    University of Toronto

  • Speaker

    Miyako Inoue

    Associate Professor

    Stanford University

  • Respondent

    Dennis Tenen

    Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

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