Media Studies News and Events
Dr. Martin Johnson
Assistant Professor Dr. Martin Johnson gave a lecture entitled “The Best Advertisement Will Never Be Written: The Advertising Film Before Commercial Broadcasting,” on October 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm in the Hornbake Library North at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Josh Shepperd NPR Interview
Assistant Professor Dr. Joshua Shepperd was interviewed by NPR Marketplace on Thursday, May 29, 2014 on the dynamic between early commercial and educational broadcasting.
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McMahon Scholarship Winner
The Department is pleased to announce Katie Petralia as the 2014 Ed McMahon Scholarship winner. The Scholarship provides $2000 in tuition assistance each semester, to be continuted through senior year, to a rising Media Studies junior of outstanding academic qualifications who expresses a compelling intention to pursue a career in media. Congratualtions Katie! Steph Twomey (class of 2015) continues as the Ed McMahon Scholar for her senior year.
2014 Senior Awards Announced!
Each year the Department of Media Studies faculty bestows awards on members of the graduating senior class. The Facundo Montenegro Award is given to the graduating senior judged to be superior in the area of media production. This year the award goes to Meg McElroy. The Senior Thesis Award is given for the outstanding thesis written in Senior Seminar.This year the award goes to Victoria McAllister, for her research project: "Our Lady of Multiple Entities: How Kitschy Prayer Cards Leave Mary Fragmented". Congratualtions to this year's winners!
Dr. Niki Akhavan's Book Talk
Assistant Professor of Media Studies gave a book talk on Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution. Thursday, April 10, 2014. Media Studies Professor Niki Akhavan discussed her new book, Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution (Rutgers University Press) Electronic Iran introduces the concept of the Iranian Internet, a framework that captures interlinked, transnational networks of virtual and offline spaces. Taking her cues from early Internet ethnographies that stress the importance of treating the Internet as both a site and product of cultural production, accounts in media studies that highlight the continuities between old and new media, and a range of works that have made critical interventions in the field of Iranian studies, Niki Akhavan traces key developments and confronts conventional wisdom about digital media in general, and contemporary Iranian culture and politics in particular.
Akhavan focuses largely on the years between 1998 and 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics. While it tempers celebratory claims that have dominated assessments of the Iranian Internet, Electronic Iran is ultimately optimistic in its outlook. As it exposes and assesses overlooked aspects of the Iranian Internet, the book sketches a more complete map of its dynamic landscape, and suggests that the transformative powers of digital media can only be developed and understood if attention is paid to both the specificities of new technologies as well as the local and transnational contexts in which they appear.
"Using a highly original and unique approach, Akhavan charts unknown territories in the vast Iranian blogosphere ranging from state to dissident voices." —Negar Mottahedeh, author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
"A fascinating account of a key geopolitical media event of the 21st century: the struggle to define, contest and control the Iran Internet."—Monroe Price, Annenberg School for Communication
Dr. Niki Akhavan
She spoke at the After Capitalism Conference 2014 at the Center for International Eduation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Hefter Center, April 25-26. Her topic was on "Foundations and Shadows of a Mixed Economy: Self-Sufficiency and Strife in Post-Revolutionary Iran." Even though debate continues over the precise time and places capitalism began, the abstraction of capital in a market economy clearly has a human beginning, one tied to modern historical and global forms and networks of production. But what are the parameters and limits of this human, global, economic/social system? This spring, the Center for International Education's annual conference investigates questions about capitalism's history, utility, transformations and possible end.
Dr. Joshua Shepperd
Gave an invited talk at New York University titled "Space, Event, Advocacy: On the Phenomenological Communication of Inconspicuous Change" in February. He also gave several papers at national conferences on topics related to early media advocacy strategies in the 1930s and cultural studies theory. His article "Infrastructure in the Air: The Office of Education and the Development of Public Broadcasting in the United States, 1934-1944" was published by Critical Studies in Media Communication.