CFP Workshop - Creative Approaches in Media History and Theory Courses
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CFP Workshop - Creative Approaches in Media History and Theory Courses

Call for Workshop Participants: 

Thinking through Making: Creative Approaches in Media History and Theory Courses

The relationship between theory and practice has always been a fraught one in higher-education media curriculum – inevitably unbalanced in one direction or another, depending on the institution. This balance typically plays out through distinct “academic” and “studio” courses, which either operate as separate programs or form into uneasy patchwork degrees. Their separation has played an important role in protecting the integrity of each kind of curriculum, but it has also set up rigid and often frustrating boundaries between the kind of teaching and learning that happens in the classroom. Recent research in media pedagogy emphasizes the importance of bridging thinking and making, and postgraduate media degrees increasingly make room for praxis-based research. Yet much of the discussion still tends to focus on studio curriculum and production majors. This workshop, instead, aims to focus on academic curriculum (history, theory, philosophy) in film and media studies, which may not necessarily be exclusive to media production students. The workshop takes for granted that all students, regardless of major, have the capacity to make images, and that many students already doodle, draw, take photographs and videos, or produce media objects in their daily lives. How can this capacity for making enhance students’ relationship to media history, theory, and philosophy? How can low-stakes creative assignments foster a deeper and more critical engagement with complex ideas? Where can image-making connect with thinking, closer reading, and stronger writing?

The aim of the workshop is to share and explore specific strategies for engaging students through active and creative exercises across a range of history/theory/philosophy topics. Participants will introduce specific methods or strategies that they have successfully applied in different academic contexts. Creative approaches with low technological barriers or that accommodate students (and faculty) with a wide range of technical skill without requiring lengthy technical instruction are especially welcome. Workshop attendees alongside participants will actively workshop how different strategies can be applied to their own course material.


Interested participants should submit a proposal that includes:

  • An introduction that that contextualizes how they situate their teaching within the larger curriculum of their institution, and why introducing creative learning into history/theory/philosophy has been important for their teaching (max. 100 words)
  • A brief summary of a particular type of creative strategy or method that they successfully employed in at least two different academic courses to engage students in media history/theory/philosophy (max. 250 words).
  • A sample syllabus or assignment sheet that illustrates the above (this will not be circulated or shared with anyone)
  • Bio (max 50 words)

Please send your proposal to Alla Gadassik at no later than August 1. All received submissions will receive a confirmation, and decisions will be made by August 12. Final proposals will be due by August 19.

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