New Media

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) is a UC Berkeley initiative that supports research and teaching collaborations to better understand innovations in media. Our mission is to critically analyze and help shape innovations in new media from cross-disciplinary and global perspectives that emphasize the humanities and public interests. Since such innovations have technical, social, political, and aesthetic qualities, a full understanding of their transformative powers requires collaborative analyses.

Led by a highly interdisciplinary community of 120 affiliated faculty, advisors, and scholars from 35 UC Berkeley departments, BCNM offers courses, degrees, certificates, research, and public programs about media that bring together inquiries based in Architecture, Philosophy, Film Studies, Art History, Art Practice, Performance Studies, Music, Engineering, Information, Journalism, and Law. A collaboration hub for both textual and material discourse, BCNM connects students and faculty with projects at the Berkeley Art Museum, the University Library, and many off-campus venues. BCNM is based in the College of Engineering.

All media (Latin for middle) facilitate transformation: by definition, media are transformative. From the stone tablet to the printing press to the Internet, media have become increasingly reconfigurable. The value of a medium is often related to its capacity for reconfiguration. To claim a medium as "new" is to posit a meaningful improvement over prior media. Thus, new media are highly reconfigurable and doubly transformative: they achieve a transformation of prior modes of transformation.

New media often produce new experiences, new behaviors, and new insights; yet new media remain deeply rooted in powerful aesthetic, cultural, and political forces. As media transform, they often distort. Sophocles observed, "Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse." BCNM actively engages scholars who critically examine the opportunities and risks associated with new media and who consider how new media can constructively benefit education, political engagement, privacy, and aesthetic experience.

BCNM catalyzes research, educates future leaders, and facilitates public discourse through courses, lectures, symposia, and special events. BCNM has established cross-disciplinary faculty positions and a special program for PhD students. BCNM expands traditional academic modes of scholarship with support for unorthodox artworks, analysis, designs, and experiments.

Undergraduate Program

The Berkeley Center for New Media offers a certificate program for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. The certificate does not appear on a student's transcript but reflects the expertise in new media innovation that a student acquires in addition to their core major. The program includes courses on innovation, a service-learning program, and a research program, in which students work together with graduate students and faculty on joint inquiries ranging from hardware design to human impact.

Graduate Programs

New Media: Designated Emphasis (DE), Graduate Certificate

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Courses

New Media

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

David Bamman, Assistant Professor, Information. Natural language processing, machine learning, digital humanities, computational social science.
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David William Bates, Professor, Rhetoric. Enlightenment, early Modern European intellectual history, 20th century European and American intellectual history, history and theory of media and technology, history of political thought.
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Edmund Campion, Professor, Music. Music, composition, musical application of computer technologies.
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Abigail T. De Kosnik, Associate Professor, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Technology and Performance, Artistic Appropriation and Remix, Ethnicity, Gender, and Digital Culture, Cultural Studies, Subcultures and Fan Cultures, Marxism and Post-Structuralism .
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Nicholas de Monchaux, Professor, Architecture. Architecture, urban design and organization, natural and manmade systems.
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Keith Feldman, Associate Professor, Ethnic Study. Operating Systems & Networking (OSNT), AMPLab.
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Jacob Gaboury, Assistant Professor, Film & Media. Media studies, computer graphics, history of technology, Science and Technology studies, queer theory, new media, art and technology.
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Ken Goldberg, Professor, EECS. Robotics, art, social media, new media, automation.
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Bjorn Hartmann, Associate Professor, EECS. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Graphics (GR), Programming Systems (PS).
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Richard Koci Hernandez, Associate Professor, Journalism. Journalism, new media, Mobile, visual storytelling, virtual reality, film/video production, photojournalism.
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Shannon Jackson, Professor, TDPS. Rhetoric, performance studies, American studies, 20th century art movements and critical theory, local culture and intercultural citizenship in turn-of-the-century United States, history and theory of theatre and performance art.
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Sonia Katyal, Professor, Law. Artificial intelligence, law and technology, intellectual property law, contemporary art and law, gender and sexuality.
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Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Art Practice. Transdisciplinary, performative, relational works.
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Celeste Kidd, Assistant Professor, Psychology. Attention, curiosity, learning, computational modeling, cognitive development.
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Rita Lucarelli, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies. Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology.
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Tom McEnaney, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese. Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, media studies, radio, 20th century American literature, architecture, linguistic anthropology, digital humanities.
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Jill Miller, Assistant Professor, Art Practice. Public interventions, workshops, and installation art.
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Greg Niemeyer, Associate Professor, Art Practice. Art, film studies, digital media installations, photography.
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Eric Paulos, Associate Professor, EECS. Human-computer interaction, new media arts.
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Jeremy Rue, Assistant Dean, Journalism.

Kimiko Ryokai, Associate Professor, Information. Design, human-computer interaction, user experience research.
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Alexandra Saum-Pascual, Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese. Spain, electronic literature, contemporary literature, digital humanities, new media.
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Neyran Turan, Assistant Professor, Architecture. Relationship between geography and design, architectural representation in relation to climate change, new conceptions of the ordinary and the familiar in architecture.
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William White, Assistant Professor, Anthropology. Historical archaeology, African American archaeology, historic preservation, heritage conservation, community based participatory research.
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Damon R. Young, Associate Professor, Film and Media. Film theory, digital media, global art cinema, gender and sexuality studies, critical theory.
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Contact Information

Center for New Media

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

Phone: 510-495-3505

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Director

Abigail De Kosnik

15M Dwinelle Hall

adekosnik@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Advisor

Kimiko Ryokai

kimiko@ischool.berkeley.edu

Program Officer

Lara Wolfe

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

Phone: 510-495-3505

lara@berkeley.edu

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