v. tr. 1: to impart knowledge or skill to
v. tr. 2: to provide knowledge of
syn: edification



graduate classes [new york university]


undergraduate classes [new york university]


topics in globalization: commodities


senior media seminar: israel/palestine studio

This course takes as its “object” a particular commodity or pair of commodities (e.g. coffee, paper, silicon, oil) as a means of critically locating various global processes. Students will trace the evolution of that particular commodity through historical, political, geographic, and cultural trajectories, and thus situate it within frameworks and practices of slavery, colonialism, and imperialism; labor and gender divisions; the emergence of “first world” / “third world” relations and “development”; emergence of new publics and cultural, political, or technological spaces; creation of global brands and tastes; inequalities of prodution, consumption, and waste; the growth of “fair trade” and ecological awareness; among others. Students are expected to combine individual research, group work, site visits, guest lectures, field research and observations, and work towards a collectively-defined end “project.”


Israel-Palestine ­ whether approached as a particular place, a political problem, a conflict, or even a metaphor ­ is fraught with controversies, contradictions, questions, and misunderstandings. More often that not, the more one learns about Israel-Palestine, the more likely the result is of a feeling of political paralysis (“there is simply no solution to this intractable conflict!”). This senior seminar will attempt to reverse this by having students collectively work on one media-related problem having to do with Israel-Palestine in order to solve it, as one would do as part of an architecture studio for example. A “problem” will be decided on during the first sessions of the class (for example: build an equitable and shared media infrastructure; improve reporting on the conflict in mainstream media; launch a marketing campaign for a one-state solution). As with any course, students will be introduced to a range of materials; most of the time however students will be asked to bring in readings, graphics and other materials based on individual research to help the collective obtain a deeper understanding of the “problem” and ways to solve it. Each student will also bring his/her own expertise (e.g. historical research, photography, archival work, interviews, sketching, software coding) in order to tackle the various components of the problem we are attempting to solve. Throughout this process, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of Israel-Palestine, and end the course with a collectively-built solution.

[open to mcc seniors only]


middle east media and cultural politics


global honors seminar: borders, barriers, and buffers

This course examines developments of culture, media and politics in the
contemporary Middle East (mostly the Arab world). The focus is primarily on the changing media and cultural landscape of the past fifteen years, ranging from Islamic televangelists to pop-stars, from bloggers to debates about ‘fundamentalism’, from fashion to the phenomenon called Dubai. Various theories, media forms and geographic/national foci will be discussed through readings and audio-visual materials. This course is relevant to graduate students interested in the modern Middle East and the Arab world, and those interested in media globalization and its relationship to politics, economics, and religion in any part of the world.


This course addresses political and symbolic borders and their material and immaterial formations as they have taken shape throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. The seminar ends with a travel component to Israel/Palestine

[open to global honors students only]


middle east media and cultural politics: israel/palestine


cultural geography of commodities

The history of the conflict and its contemporary condition will be analyzed through themes and a combination of theoretical and cultural texts on topics such as land, identity, exile, memory, violence, terror, peace, mobility.

This course investigates the cultural and media geographies of a specific commodity, such as coffee, tea, sugar, oil, cotton, silicone, aluminium, etc., assessing historical and contemporary issues that inform modes of production, the development of international or domestic trade, and media representation. Students will work as a team to produce a project that analyzes the intricacies of the commodity (Spring 2011, Fall 2015: coffee). The course includes a lot of on-the-ground research and site visits. Note that each semester is to devoted to only one (sometimes two comparatively) commodity.


topics in globalization: communication and international development


mediating israel/palestine

This course introduces students to theoretical foundations in historical and contemporary issues in communication and international development. Topics include state-building, modernization, dependency and globalization, as they concern the ‘Third World.’


This course deals with cultural contexts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The materials, class lectures and discussions will address ways in which parts of the conflict, of Palestinian, and of Israeli 'stories' are communicated, documented, and disseminated - mediated. The course draws on various media and cultural texts from both official and alternative voices, from both within Israel/Palestine and outside it, including documentary and feature films, biographical novels, historical texts, maps, news, graphic novels, social media, among others. The history of the conflict and its contemporary condition will be analyzed through themes such as land, identity, exile, memory, violence, terror, peace, mobility.



media, culture, and communication core seminar


communication and international development

This course examines core theoretical approaches to the study of media and communication. It provides students with an historical and critical overview of theory and research on communication, everyday social practices, systems of representation, and media environments.

[required for all Master's students in media, culture, and communication program]


Students in this course will understand, analyze and critique the promises of information, communication and media technologies to alleviate economic, political and social problems that have driven national strategies in the ‘Third World’ over the past sixty years. Part One of the course focuses on the history of mainstream development in general and as it applies to media and communication technologies. Part Two will ‘reverse’ everything that has been learned in Part One, by exposing some of the problems with development through theories against mainstream development and case studies where development has ‘failed’ to achieve its promises. In Part Three, on the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, every class will be dedicated to a particular country (to be voted on), whereby readings will consist of brief historical and economic contexts, followed by case-studies of how information, communication and/or media technology development programs have been adopted, and how and why they have failed or succeeded.



doctoral core seminar 1


war and media in the middle east [nyu-abu dhabi]

Advanced reading and discussion of the foundational literature, principles, and paradigms associated with the study of media, culture, and communication. Semester 1 usually covers period from enlightenment to end of 19th century.

[required for all PhD students in media, culture, and communication program]


This course examines two simultaneous processes in the Middle East since the mid-20th century: 1) how war has become mediatized, and 2) how media has been militarized. Beginning with the wave of independence and anti-colonial movements in the region, this course will analyze wars and political violence as mediated moments that rely on communicative acts and technologies. Simultaneously, the course will analyze how various media technologies – including radio, film, satellite TV, and internet – are formed through moments of war, conflict, and violence. Through these analyses, students will gain an understanding of the experiences of, conflicts over, and representations of notions such as territory, landscape, body, nation, gender, memory, terror, freedom, and spectacle.



doctoral dissertation proposal seminar


middle east media (formerly: islam, media, and the west)

Writer's workshop to help students complete their dissertation proposal

[required for all PhD students in media, culture, and communication program]


This course examines contemporary media in the Middle East and the US and their relationship to the perceived rift between Islam and the West. Readings and examples from television, film and journalism focus on the politics of culture, religion and modernity, gender and national identity as they shape and intersect with contemporary geopolitical events, cultural formations and media globalization.

  introduction to media studies

This course introduces students of communication studies to some of the issues and theories that have been central to the study of mediated forms of communication. It will examine the factors that influence the media, and in turn, the influence of media on culture and society. We will try to understand what it means to live in a ‘media age.’ Students will be expected to develop analytical appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of various media theories and to arrive at some thoughtful conclusions regarding their own theoretical preferences. [required for all undergraduates in media, culture, and communication program]




media and globalization: new york and amsterdam


In conjunction with the Department of Communications at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), this summer study abroad program focuses on a cross-national comparison of media and globalization. Through an intensive series of lectures, discussions, seminars and site visits, participants explore topics including the emergence of transnational media corporations; the cross-cultural impact of production strategies employed by media corporations; the effect of new communication technologies in virtual and public spaces; the growth of minority media and immigrant identities; and specific differences between media systems, industries, and practices between Europe and North America.

media globalization


The two over-arching goals of this course are: one, to briefly introduce us to the variety of ways cultural and social theorists have addressed notions of “globalization” and the media; and two, to focus our eyes and research concerns beyond the United States by discussing media systems and cultural concerns in other nations, with particular focus on the non-Western world.
We will begin with fundamental theories on the nature and content of international media, the world political and economic order, the relationship of globalization and modernity, the imbalanced flow of information in the world and accusations of cultural imperialism. In the second half of the course we will explore different approaches to the culture/globalization relationship and familiarize ourselves with notions and debates around issues of media as an agent for national development, the clash of civilizations, “McDonaldization,” “de-territorialization,” “hybridity” and “border identities” as well as concepts of (trans-)national identity and media’s role in conflict and peace. Throughout the readings and discussions our focus will shift from one nation, region, and/or continent to another.



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