[URBANTH-L] CFP: The Global City and Media Ethnography: Practice-led Transcultural Research

Allen Feldman af31 at nyu.edu
Sat Nov 26 16:04:23 EST 2005

Temple Bar, Dublin Ireland
The Global City and Media Ethnography:
Practice-led Transcultural Research
and Media Practice
June 12-30, 2006
The Department of Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Education,
in collaboration with The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media
Practice, Dublin, Ireland, presents a study abroad program in practice-led
media research. Through theory-building seminars, project development
clinics, multi-media lab instruction, and 1:1 advisement, students will be
enabled in the design and development of  practice-based M.A. and Ph.D.
level research projects, combining text and visual-audio media artefacts
across a variety of platforms. including video, photography and digital
imaging and networked environments.
The curriculum is aimed at graduate and advanced undergraduate students from
diverse disciplines who want to explore creative media practice as a
research methodology. The curriculum is grounded on media lab instruction in
tandem with seminars/workshops and readings on transcultural issues and
theory. Students will also  participate in guided site visits and/or
field-site placement in ongoing Dublin-based research projects mapping the
transcultural city.
The Summer School is located at the Irish Photographic Centre in Dublin's
Temple Bar Cultural Quarter, comprising 28 acres of historical architecture
dedicated to arts, media, culture and entertainment along with some of
Dublin's leading restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and shops, in one of the
world's most rapidly globalizing cities with expanding multi-cultural
communites and identities.
Seminar and Media Lab topics include:
·      Transcultural and Globalization Theory

·      The Politics of  the Gaze and  the Senses

·       Human Rights and  Mediated Visibility/Invisibility

·      Mapping Mediascapes

·      Soundscapes

·      Space and Place as Performance

·      Media Practice: Politics and Ethics of Multi-Sited Fieldwork

·      Cultural Memory, New Media and Audible Pasts

·     Photography and the Aesthetics of Evidence

·     Documentary Video/Film and Visual Ethnography

·      Media-led Research: Artefacts and Outputs

·      Reading/Performing the Archive

·      Mixed Methodologies: Creative Media Practice and Research Methods

Course: The Global City and Media Ethnography: E59: 2401___________ 6 points
Note: This course is open to graduate degree students and advanced
upper-level undergraduate. Interested students outside of New York
University may inquire about special visiting student eligibility.
Global City Faculty:
Allen Feldman, Co-director, (MA. Ph.D, Cutural Anthropology), Associate
Professor Department of Culture and Communication, New York University:
Research Interests: Visual Culture, the Anthropology of the Senses,
Ethnography of Media, Performance Studies.
Áine O¹Brien Co-director, (Ph.D. Modern Studies Programme, University of
Wisconsin - Milwaukee); Director: Centre for Transcultural Research and
Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology. Research interests: Visual
Culture, Documentary Media Practice; Experimental Ethnography, Globalisation
and Migrant Identities.
Nicholas Mirzoeff, (PhD Art History University of Warwick); Professor,Visual
Culture Program, Arts and Arts Professions, New York University:
postdoctoral fellowships from UCLA, the J. Paul Getty Center for the History
of Art, Research Interests:  Visual Culture, Bodyscapes, Disability Studies,
Diaspora, and Human Rights.

Arvind Rajagopal (Ph.D, Sociology University of California Berkely),
Associate Professor Culture and Communication New York University. Research
Interests:  Ppolitical economy of culture, contemporary South Asia,
audiences and reception theory, Post-Colonial Theory, Media Religion,
Secularism and globalization.

Roshini Kempadoo, Senior Lecturer in digital media University of East London
(Research Associate: Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice,
Dublin Institute of Technology). Research Interests digital media and art,
networked environments, the Black Atlantic, critical race theory, Diaspora,
cultural memory, gender and resistance.
Anthony Haughey, (MA. Visual Media, National College of Art and Design,
Dublin); Head: Department of Media Technologies, School of Media and
Research Associate: Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice,
Dublin Institute of Technology. Research interests: Documentary Photography
and Installation Practice, Visual Culture; Public Culture and Post-conflict
Landscapes, Migration.
Alan Grossman, (Ph.D. Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, University of
Cardiff, Wales); Senior Researcher, Centre for Transcultural Research and
Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology. Research interests:
Ethnographic Media Practice, Ethnographic/Documentary Film, Cultural
Politics of Migration/Diasporic Formations across Infra/Transnational

Martin McCabe (MA Film and Television, Dublin City University, Postgraduate
Diploma Third Level Learning and Teaching, Dublin Institute of Technology);
Programme Chair, BA Honours Photography, Associate of the Centre for
Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology;
Research interests; Visual Cultural Studies, Modernity and Photographic
Archives, the politics of pedagogy.

Rossella Ragazzi (MA Ethnographic Documentary, Centre Sperimentale di
Cinematografia, Rome; MA. Art Sciences, University of Paris, La Sorbonne,
2001). Doctoral Scholar, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media
Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology.  Lecturer Visual Anthropology,
University of Tromso, Norway. Research interests: Visual Ethnography and
Filmmaking, Memory and Childhood,
Frequently Asked Questions: Global City and Media Ethnography, Dublin,
Ireland, 2006:
Which course do I take for this program?
The Global City and Media Ethnography: E59: 2401___________ 6 points
Do I need special language skills?
English is the main language of Ireland.
How many points do I take the course for?
Students register for six points. NOTE: This course fulfills DCC¹s Mass
Media and Global Communication requirements and also qualifies as an upper
division elective in your program (undergraduates only).
How much does the course/program cost?
Tuition: $872 per credit point x 6 points: $4,962, plus registration fees.
Accommodation: Griffith College, Dublin, Approximately $860 ($43 x 20 days)
(Large fully furnished 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with kitchens and
bathrooms; 15 minute walk from Summer School, 10 minute walk to City
Center), two-minute walk to mass transit. (Meals not included) Residency at
Griffith College is required.
Can I get financial aid for the course?
Financial aid is available for students taking the course for six (6)
points. Contact NYU Financial Aid Office and apply as early as you can.
How much would the round-trip plane tickets  cost?
Travel: Round-trip airfares to New York City and Dublin approximately
$500-$700 (students make reservations and fly  individually. (Depending  on
fuel prices student tickets could be less than $500 roundtrip).
What do I need to pay for while in Dublin:
You will need money to pay for all meals and optional entertainment not
covered by scheduled receptions*, for mass transit, for non-scheduled
personal trips, and souvenirs. [*There are some scheduled receptions/meals
for which you do not need to pay.)
What are the course¹s main academic requirements?
This summer school is meant to build students' research, fieldwork and media
skills that will contribute to producing a BA. MA or PhD thesis. During the
three weeks students are expected to design and develop an investigative
project that uses creative media practice as a research methodology.
The proposed  research does not have to be focused on Dublin. We expect that
some students, prior to arrival will have a project idea in mind that they
will want to develop while other students will  discover their project with
faculty help during the summer school. To enable project development
students are required to attend all thematic seminars, assigned media labs
and assigned site visits.. Students are responsible for assigned readings in
the course reader. Evening cultural activities are optional.
The culminating experience of the course will be submission of a final
project design/proposal to NYC-based NYU faculty 6 weeks after the course is
completed.  NYU-based faculty will grade the research proposal in
consultation with Dublin-based faculty.  Actual execution of the proposed
project occurs after the summer as an enhancement of students'  B.A., M.A.
or Doctoral thesis process.  Summer school faculty from both New York and
Dublin will be available for student advisement for selected stages of the
thesis research process.
Do I need to have extensive prior experience with media production to take
the course?

No.  The media lab trainings will accommodate different levels of media
production skills and knowledge from beginner to advanced.

Will I have access to the Internet in Dublin?

There is Internet access at the Summer School, at the Griffith College
Residences and numerous Internet cafes in the Temple Bar area where the
Summer School is located.

Will I have personal time in Dublin and can I extend my travel after the
program is over? 
You will have ample personal free time (some afternoons, most evenings, and
all weekends) for non-scheduled activities and field research. You may also
extend your stay for more domestic travel in Ireland or other European
destinations after the program is over in Dublin on June 30th.
When is the program¹s application deadline?
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 (but feel free let us know if you need a little
more time to send in your application).
For Further Information (or if you¹re interested but can¹t attend the Info
session) contact Professor Allen Feldman, Department of Culture and
Communication, The Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, NY
10003-6680: 212-998-5096; email: af31 at nyu.edu

Allen Feldman
Associate Professor
Department of Culture and Communication
New York University

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