In Comparative Media Studies, we investigate and engage in the world’s complex media environment. We research multiple media forms and technologies, from books, pamphlets, and silent films to social media, virtual reality, and globally-networked games. We study the emerging media practices of states, corporations, social movements, fan communities, and everyday people. Embracing MIT’s motto of mens et manus, we design and create media through practice-based research labs. We examine media within the contexts of varied cultures, societies and social structures, and we critique and design media to empower communities. Above all, we are committed to an ethically and critically engaged approach to the study and production of media.
Our research groups, using a lab model, produce diverse projects. But collectively they work within themes of equity, critical design, and open collaboration.
Conference Call for Papers: Bearing Witness, Seeking Justice
October 5-7, 2022, join a forum for diverse constituencies to express their views and to showcase ﬁndings on videography as a creative tool in the quest for social justice.
The Open Documentary Lab, Co-Creation Studio, and WITNESS collaborate to answer the question “who decides what’s funny, what’s fair, and who is accountable?”
Video: Alexandra To, “Uplifting Us: Design Opportunities in Centering Racialized Experiences in Games”
The power of memes cannot be fully understood without considering their role in the complex relationship between technology, space, and politics.