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a secondary field for Harvard graduate students
We're excited to share this semester's plans for students of Critical Media Practice, who are integrating media creation into their scholarly work.
"Into Place: Capstone Projects in Critical Media Practice" featured works by 12 CMP students and recent alumni.


  On April 25-May 4, 2019 we mounted our inaugural exhibition of media works by CMP students, "Into Place: Capstone Projects in Critical Media Practice." The cinema program and gallery show presented a range of works including films, sound pieces, multi-channel installations, interactive projects, and performances. See program booklet here.

  CMP convened a workshop on Immersion: Social and Technological Pasts and Futures bringing together anthropologists, media studies scholars, programmers, and artists at the Radcliffe Institute last March.

  CMP welcomes three new students to the secondary field: Adi Snir from the Department of Music, Beatrice Steinert from the Department of History of Science, and Lilia Kilburn from the Department of Anthropology.

  All CMP students are now required to present their capstone work-in-progress at a CMP critique three to six months before their defense. Critiques for students graduating this spring will begin in October and ideally include their capstone committee, fellow CMP students, and interested faculty. Upcoming critiques will be posted on our events page. Students interested in additional informal critiques of CMP work can email Cozette Russell.

  Check out the CMP blog for posts on Shireen Hamza's Flaherty Seminar experience, Kythe Heller's Vision Lab, the Introduction to CMP class show, and Emilio Vavarella's Italian Council award.

"Voices of the Rainforest" Dir. Steven Feld, 2019


See our events page for information on these and other CMP-sponsored events:

  • CMP Welcome September 5, 5:30-8pm, Sever 416.  CMP students will share their research and media work and CMP-affiliated faculty will introduce their courses.
  • CMP Affiliated Faculty Meeting October 3, 5-6pm, Sever 416. This will be a chance to discuss recent changes to the CMP program and how faculty can best support CMP students.
  • 2019-20 McMillan-Stewart Fellow Dieudo Hamadi October 4-9. Hamadi will present his films (including "Kinshasa Makambo" and "Mama Colonel") at the Harvard Film Archive, visit courses, and meet with students.  
  • Voices of the Rainforest October 12, 6-8pm, Harvard Art Museums. Film screening with ethnomusicologist Steven Feld.
  • Mati Diop November 18, 7-10pm, Harvard Film Archive. Fresh from her history-making Palme d'Or win at Cannes, the former McMillan-Stewart Fellow will screen her new film "Atlantics."
  • Stay tuned for details on a CMP info session for prospective students in February and the annual CMP capstone exhibition April 2-8.
Woodshop located on level 2 of the Carpenter Center.


  This fall there are CMP core courses offered in multiple departments, including Analog Synthesizer and the Digital Age in the Music Department; Immersive Storytelling Using Mixed Media in Theatre, Dance and Media; and Studio Language in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies. 

  The Film Study Center is presenting the following workshops this fall, with priority given to FSC fellows and CMP students:

  The Harvard Library offers a series of workshops and talks called Media& that provides training on lighting, podcasting, Adobe Premiere, data visualization, virtual reality, and other topics.

  David Lobser will lead a Coding for Artists Workshop in four three-hour sessions September 26 & 27 and October 16 & 17. Limited space, RSVP required.

 Mellon Fellowship applications are due October 18 for CMP students seeking support for their media-based work, especially that which relates to their capstone project.


a secondary field for Harvard graduate students


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