The most recent volume of Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier, co-edited by Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer, takes on the overlapping concerns of media studies and digital humanities (DH), and how to navigate those concerns with students.
In “DH and Media Studies Crossovers,” Shafer and her co-editor Melanie E.S. Kohnen, “bring the lively discussion about the points of connection between media studies and DH into the classroom so that we may forge a closer connection between methodologies and technologies,” as they write in their introduction.
Featuring six articles by leading scholars in the field, the volume examines a number of questions: How do the concerns of DH work — with its emphases on innovative scholarly architectures, multimedia components and cross-disciplinary hybridity — speak to evolving trends in media studies pedagogy? What kinds of pedagogical practices engage and capitalize on DH’s emphases on praxis and design? How can media studies model and promote a productive collaboration around computing in the humanities?
Media studies pedagogy is one of Shafer’s areas of research. She has published work on media studies pedagogy in The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, FLOW: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, and Teaching Media Quarterly. Shafer, who co-chairs the Media Literacy and Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), has helped to organize several local and national workshops on media studies pedagogy, including a workshop on “slow scholarship,” which will be held at the SCMS conference in Atlanta, Ga., in March.
Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier — a project of Cinema Journal and TeachingMedia.org — seeks to foster critical reflection on media studies teaching and pedagogy and to engender serious discussion of pedagogical issues via an active online platform.
Shafer has been a member of the HWS faculty since 2008. She received her A.B. and M.A. from Cornell University, and earned a Ph.D. from the department of theatre, film and dance at Cornell, with her dissertation “Brand Name Vision: Comedy and Props in the Films of John Hughes.”