Critical Studies of Globalization

Globalization refers to the flow of people, goods, media, technologies, and capital across the planet. Research in GSL focuses on the phenomenon of cultural globalization, in historical and contemporary contexts.

Through both sound and image, animation is uniquely poised to explore the porousness between subject and environment. This project approaches animation as a laboratory for experiments with this relational space.

How does the experience of space transform when it comes mediated by a responsive set of sensors, data layers, and audiovisual overlays?

Media technologies have come to serve as tools for the production and circulation of emotional space.

Part of the Dissolve Inequality project, Dissolve Music is a two-day conference in spring 2018 for scholars, musicians, and activists to explore the ways music can dissolve boundaries and offer insights into tackling injustice, violence, and inequality.  Organized by Ian Condry (GSL) and Jan St.

The phenomenal growth of online communities, new forms of leisure, social networking, and collaborative creativity in recent years has been facilitated in part by digital tools, but equally through social dynamics that build trust, rapport, and shared commitments.

This project seeks to expand our understanding of early Chinese migration to the US by uncovering vital aspects of Chinese educational migration in the years between 1840 and 1940.

China4Kids is a K-12 outreach project designed to promote understanding of Chinese culture and history at the elementary level in Massachusetts. The content for the project has been selected to support the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, Grade 4 Learning Standards (4.1-4.6).

This project traces the evolution of ideas concerning East-West intermixing in China, Hong Kong, and the US in the years between 1842 and 1943, as well as the lived experiences of mixed/Eurasian families that formed through the histories of migration, diaspora, trade and other encounters on both sides of the Pacific.

I am working on a book manuscript that maps out the emerging ecosystem of Chinese *activism 2.0* which traverses multiple sectors – the NGO sector, the university, the corporate, and the IT sector.

This project considers the role of visual materials in the history of French interest in China. While Clark has traced this question in eighteenth-century discussions and representations of Chinese religious practices, its current iteration looks at this question since the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China.

This project began when Clark stumbled upon 100,000 amateur photos of Paris taken in 1970 at the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris. They were the submissions to a photo contest – “C’était Paris en 1970” – organized by the French multimedia megastore the FNAC.

What is street photography? One answer is that it is an aesthetic category, a way of delineating the photographic work of artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Germaine Krull, or William Klein. This project reclaims the history of the largely anonymous photographers that answer writes out of the history of photography: the anonymous street vendors who take your picture on the street and then sell you the photo.

Researches have revealed the advantages of pedagogically-made videos in improving students’ language proficiency and making them better understand the culture of the target language. This project plans to make a series of videos that are specifically designed for students who take intermediate to advanced level Chinese courses at MIT.

This MIT and Harvard co-taught course examines Japanese history and uncovers the skills and questions involved in reading history through digital imagery.

Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. The VC mission is to use new technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world (or imagined it to be).

In the context of the collapse of communism in Western Europe, several philosophers—notably Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy—have striven to rethink the notion of “common”.

In 2012-13, France experienced massive demonstrations against the bill on gay marriage. Demonstrators claimed that marriage equality was to be found in “gender theory,” an ideology imported from America. By “gender theory” they meant queer theory in general, and more specifically the work of philosopher Judith Butler.

Since January 2006, Professor Ian Condry has organized the Cool Japan: Media, Culture, Technology Research Project at MIT and Harvard. The project presents colloquia, international conferences, and arts events to examine the cultural connections, dangerous distortions, and critical potential of popular culture.