Archive for April 23rd, 2008

Critical Themes in Media Studies, Grad conference at New School, April 26

April 23, 2008

Giuliana Bruno will be the keynote at the New School’s annual graduate student conference, ‘Critical Themes‘, April 26. Much recommended. See more below.


For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2008


Renowned Author, Theorist Giuliana Bruno to Highlight 2008 Critical Themes Conference
8th Annual Graduate Student Conference to Feature All-Day Panels

New York – The New School departments of Sociology and Media Studies are gearing up for the eighth annual Critical Themes in Media Studies Graduate Student Conference, to be held in New York City Saturday, April 26, 2008. The conference will take place at 55 W. 13th Street (between fifth and sixth avenues) on the 2nd Floor. A complete listing of the paper topics and panels, ranging from “Technological Mediation” to “Channel Surfing” to “Living Virtually,” can be found at

The Critical Themes in Media Studies 8th Annual Conference is a venue for students to present interdisciplinary theoretical and critical approaches to a broad range of media studies. Since the initial Conference in 2000, Critical Themes has grown into a leading forum for showcasing research papers from graduate students worldwide.

The event presents multidisciplinary, theoretical and critical approaches to a broad range of topics. A series of panels features academic presentations by graduate students of The New School Media Studies program, the Sociology Department of the New School for Social Research and other programs and schools.

The conference will conclude with a keynote presentation at 5:45 p.m. by Harvard professor Giuliana Bruno, author of 2004 Kraszna-Krausz-award-winning “Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film.” Her most recent book, “Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts” is an examination of architecture and art as a screen of vital cultural memory. The keynote is entitled: “Cinema as Museum: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film.”

The keynote will take place in the Theresa Lang Student Center on the second floor of 55 W. 13th Street.

Sponsored by The New School graduate program in Media Studies, The New School for General Studies, Parsons The New School for Design and The Department of Sociology of The New School for Social Research, this all-day event is free and open to the public. Panels take place at 11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 3:30 p.m. Thirty-three students from universities across the nation will present their work. No reservations needed.

11-12:30, Session One: “Cinema, Seen,” “New Audiences,” “Reclaiming Representation,” “Technological Mediation.”
1:30-3, Session Two: “Channel Surfing,” “Globalities,” “Living Virtually”
3:30-5, Session Three: “Beyond the Scene,” “Public Screens,” “Mediated Environment”

For complete conference information visit General inquiries can be made to