[Air-L] recruiting students for new practice-based research PhD

Lori Emerson Lori.Emerson at colorado.edu
Thu Nov 6 07:38:53 PST 2014

Dear all,

Applications are now being accepted for the University of Colorado at
Boulder's brand new practice-based PhD in Intermedia Art, Writing
and Performance.

The Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) unit is an
interdisciplinary digital arts and humanities research unit with a
practice-based PhD. Located in the University of Colorado's recently
approved College of Media, Communication and Information, IAWP's core
faculty collaboratively investigate past and present forms of digital art,
writing, and performance and offer graduate students a hands-on,
experiential-based learning environment in which to explore emerging forms
of creativity triggered by practice-based research methodologies.

The research conducted in the program reflects the rapidly transforming
knowledge systems and digital media economies emerging from the substantial
technological shifts currently taking place in our society. Digital
creative work and critical media literacy play a defining role in our
information society and are transforming all aspects of contemporary life,
including the way many professional visual artists, multimedia performers,
writers, publishers, digital humanists and archivists pursue their practice.

Traditional scholarly and creative work outputs such as the single-authored
print book or conventional gallery exhibitions have already been challenged
by the emergence of multi-authored and/or hybridized forms of transmission
such as Internet art sites, electronic literature, live audio/visual
performance, multi-platform storytelling or transmedia narratives, software
art, interactive installations for public spaces, augmented reality, game
art, networked media activism, and innovative art applications for mobile
devices and tablets.

IAWP’s internationally-renowned and affiliated faculty network collaborate
with graduate students probing the significance of a digitally-expanded,
process-based research environment located in a cluster of
interdisciplinary research labs. The program provides a flexible
pedagogical structure that will lead to the creation of new and hybridized
forms of art, writing, performance, scholarship, theory, design, curation,
exhibition, and publication appropriate for our current cultural moment.

The program concentrates its curriculum on digital forms of creativity so
as to cultivate cutting-edge investigations into the practice, theory,
history, and philosophy of media and its relationships to creativity,
communication, technology, and information.

Application deadlines:
International: December 1, 2014
Domestic: January 1, 2015

To find out more about IAWP as well as application guidelines and program
requirements, please visit:


For more on the IAWP faculty, please visit:


I would be grateful if you'd encourage your students to apply!

best, Lori Emerson

Lori Emerson
Assistant Professor | Director, Media Archaeology Lab
Department of English, University of Colorado at Boulder
Hellems 101, 226 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0226
loriemerson.net | mediaarchaeologylab.com

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