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.
Catch up on the incredible work of our ’21 graduate students, from improvisation in music livestreaming to counter-narratives in Appalachia.
Video: Sandra Rodriguez, “Creating and Interacting with Virtual Entities: Combining VR and AI to Reflect on Human Experiences”
Between technology and carefully crafted storytelling, it is the human imagination that remains at the core of any immersion.
Professor Ian Condry and CMS alum Han Su recently announced funding rounds for their respective start-ups.
Video, James Wynn: “There’s No Place Like Home: Promotional Narratives, Science Fiction, and the Case for Mars Colonization”
How do you persuade people to leave their indigenous communities to start new ones in a foreign and sometimes hostile place?