Modern Culture and Media
Modern Culture and Media (MCM) is an interdisciplinary concentration that explores the ties between media and broader cultural and social formations. We stress creative thinking and critical production: comparative analysis and theoretical reflection, as well as work that integrates practice and theory. We thus bring together aspects of modern culture that are normally separated by departmental structures such as film and media studies, fine art, literature, literary arts and philosophy. This concentration offers the student a range of possible specializations. A student might decide to focus the critical study and production of a certain type or combination of media (print, photography, sound recording, cinema, video, television, and digital media); or they might focus on certain cultural, theoretical and/or social formations (for example, gender / sexuality in post-Cold war television, postcolonial theory and film, the changing form of the novel, theories of subjectivity and ideology, video games and theories of representation). These paths are united by a commitment to critical thinking/practice: rather than reproducing conventions, MCM concentrators learn how conventions emerge, what work they do, and explore ways to change them.
Here's what concentrators from the class of 2012 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- 2012 Management Trainee, The Swire Group
- Brand Manager Extern, Balsam Brands
- Communications Associate, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
- Director of Development and Communications, Fuerza Laboral
- Managed Services Associate, DataXu
- Marketer, Global Marketing Team, SPH, Inc.
- Marketing Associate - Marketing Development Program, EMC Corporation
- Media Manager, Nouvelle Vague
- Operations Associate, Runa, LLC
- Professional Musician/Bass Player, Oberhofer
- Project Manager/Customer Manager, Accedo
- Retails Sales & Marketing, White House Black Market
- Writer Intern, The Leek.com
- Brown University, MA, Modern Culture and Media
- Brown University, MS, Computer Science
- Columbia University, MFA, Creative Non-fiction
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine, MD