MA and PhD in Cinema and Media Studies, York University

From: zryd (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Dec 22 2008 - 13:32:06 PST

Please post and distribute widely. York University has many faculty
and students who pursue scholarship in experimental and other
alternative forms of film and media. The York MFA Program in Film
also welcomes students interested in making experimental film and media.


MA and PhD in Cinema and Media Studies

York University

Applications are invited to the MA and PhD programs in Cinema and
Media Studies (CMS) at York University. Applications are due 1
February 2008.

Cinema and Media research is rapidly transforming the humanities and
fine arts, reflecting the massive global expansion of the cultural
industries, and the extensive impact of cinema and related media.

The largest and most comprehensive Cinema and Media Studies Graduate
Program in Canada, CMS builds on York’s longstanding commitment to
deliver innovative and interdisciplinary post-graduate training. Our
MA and PhD programs offer state of the art research and teaching
facilities (including two research labs featuring Augmented Reality,
3D, locative media and diverse mobile screen interfaces)
distinguished by leading edge scholarship by internationally
acclaimed faculty.

The Cinema and Media Studies MA and PhD are offered alongside MFA
Graduate Programs in film and digital Production and Screenwriting.
Our program encourages rich and dynamic synergies between creative
and scholarly research. We are also the proud home of two important
film and culture publications: CineAction! and Public: Art/Culture/
Ideas, where our students often hold internships as well as being
given opportunities to publish their works.

Our faculty make outstanding contributions in the areas of film
theory, film history, affect studies, post-colonial theory, urban
media studies, labor studies and political economy, feminism and
sexuality, national and transnational cinema (including African,
Canadian, Chinese, European, First Nations, and Japanese cinemas),
emerging screen technologies and digital media theory (sound and
image), documentary, experimental and avant-garde film and media.

Our students and faculty regularly contribute to Toronto’s lively and
diverse film culture through festival programming, curation,
symposia, lectures and more. The city of Toronto provides students
with exceptional opportunities for internships, access to film
screenings, museums and galleries, festivals (over 100 film festivals
occur each year, including the Toronto International Film Festival,
Hot Docs, and Images Festival), and resources like the Ontario
Archives (now housed on York University campus), and other unique
research collections. This along with the fact that Toronto supports
Canada’s most important media industry infrastructure makes us the
program of choice.

Recent guests at York University include William Boddy, Michel
Brault, Thomas Elsaesser, David Gatten, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Kaja
Silverman, Rey Chow, Toby Miller, Hito Steyerl, and Clement Virgo,
among many others.

We welcome applicants with educational backgrounds in Film Studies,
Media Studies, Communications, Cultural Studies, Art History,
English, Women’s Studies, Queer and Sexuality Studies, Comparative
Literature, Philosophy, Area Studies, and other disciplines that
nurture research in sound and moving image media.

The MA is a rigorous two-year program involving course work,
employment as a teaching assistant, and the completion of either an
MA thesis or Major Research Paper (MRP).

Teaching, publication, and professional academic development are key
components of the PhD, a minimum four-year degree. After completing
course work and comprehensive exams, students write a research
dissertation that makes a decisive intervention in the discipline.

Each year the program selects a small group of exceptional students
to join its vigorous and stimulating intellectual community, where
students attend small and engaging seminars and receive close
attention from faculty supervisors. Our MA and PhD programs provide
specialized training for careers in academic, research and government
organizations, arts and entertainment industries (television, film,
new media), festivals, programming and curation, teaching, critical
writing and publishing, publicity, and much more.

PhD Fields of specialization:
1) Cinema and Cultural Theory

Conceptualized as a broad interdisciplinary cluster, this field
encompasses classical and contemporary cinema and media theory,
including but not limited to: film and philosophy, authorship and
genre, theories of the apparatus, psychoanalysis, phenomenology,
spectatorship, ideological critique, feminist and post-colonial film
theory, cognitive film theory, and film historiography. Theoretical
traditions that have informed the historical formation of the
discipline (e.g., literary theory, narratology, semiotics, Marxist
theories of culture, feminist theory, and aesthetics) complement
other disciplinary approaches (e.g., cultural studies,
communications, philosophy, psychology, visual studies, theories of
modernity and technology, post-colonial theory, theories of race and
ethnicity, new historicism, queer theory, globalization).

2) National and Transnational Cinemas

We approach cinema and media as integrally bound up in local,
national, and transnational modalities of production, reception and
circulation. This field’s methodological emphasis on contexts of
production and aesthetic traditions seeks to locate culturally
specific constructions of gender, sexuality, race, language, and
class along with the other structures of power that mediate a
multiplicity of cinematic cultural expressions. The political economy
of global media industries, grounded in critical theory and history,
functions as a conceptual and material scaffolding around much of the
coursework and supervision envisioned for students in this stream.

3) Cinema and Technologies of the Image

The history of cinema begins in photography, illusion of movement
devices, and projection technologies, and extends to emerging digital
media forms ranging from the Internet to cell phones and augmented
reality. We encourage students to consider sound and moving image
technologies in the context of history, science, aesthetics,
political economy, theories of space and time, philosophies of
science and technology, and the cultural contexts through which these
have emerged. This field emphasizes the archaeology of media forms
and genres including but not limited to narrative, documentary, and
experimental media. Students pursue comparative and inter-media
approaches that are appropriate to the present context of convergent
media technologies like computer games, immersive media, and

Prospective students may pursue dissertations in areas outside the
above areas of specialization. In addition to the above areas of
expertise, faculty members pursue wide-ranging research in
documentary and experimental film and media, emerging media, and film


Graduate Program in Film
York University
Centre for Film and Theatre 224
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 CANADA
Tel: 416-736-2100 x 22174
email suppressed

Michael Zryd
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director, Cinema and Media Studies
York University, Department of Film, CFT 225, 4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 CANADA
tel: 416-736- 2100 x 22513 / fax: 416-736-5710
email suppressed
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.