Welcome, Keywords for Media Studies

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Keywords for Media Studies.  Our project maps the interdisciplinary field of media studies—past, present, and future.  We are grateful to have assembled a stellar group of scholars to assist in this endeavor.  Our 65 pieces come from contributors who were asked to approach their keyword as a challenge, a problematic, and a field of debate and inquiry.  Moving beyond simple definitions, the entries provoke critical reflection and intervene in the major ideas and debates that have defined and shaped the vibrant and evolving field of media studies.

We intend the book to serve a range of audiences. It will be a useful resource for teachers and students at various levels of instruction, from introductory courses to graduate seminars.  We also hope its conceptual provocations will challenge media studies scholars to grapple with the critical building blocks of our field.  Finally, the book offers a general introduction to scholars and students from other fields, interested in what this entity called “media studies” looks like at this moment in time.

The book joins a series of keyword books in media and cultural studies on one hand, and NYU Press’ series of outstanding Keywords collections on the other hand.  We invite users to read the entries in this context—that is, to appreciate the histories and trajectories of the keywords we have chosen to represent media studies, as well as the variability and scope of these words across historical contexts and disciplines.

We plan to offer suggestions on how to use the book in the classroom via this website. Both of us teach large introductory courses for undergraduates and upper level seminars for graduate students, and we’ll aim to provide ideas and tips for connecting the project to each of these audiences, and with those in between.

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