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Spray, Stephanie A Assistant Professor


Research Areas research areas



  • Documentary, Creative Documentary, Ethnographic Film and Media, Sonic Ethnography, Sound Art


courses taught

  • CMDP 3350 - Modes of Documentary Media History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces students to the variety of practices by examining their emergence, evolution and cultural impact in the global sphere. Students discover the major themes and genres in documentary work from photography, cinema, audio, hypermedia and the public debates they have engendered. Through lectures, screenings and research, develop critical perspectives on the international and transcultural dimensions of documentary media history.
  • CMDP 3800 - Documentary Media Poetics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Investigates documentary cinema and media practices through class discussions, research papers, hands on exercises and the screenings. Cross-references documentary photography and moving-image documentary in the production of short digital projects. Explores the distinctive contributions of digital technologies to documentary image making. Formerly CMDP 2810.
  • CMDP 4820 - Ethnographic Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores emerging creative documentary practices through visual research, fieldwork, oral histories and the construction of innovative ethnographies. Through ethno-fiction, eco-ethnography, photography, indigenous media and cinema, students explore the development of ethnographic documentary and visual anthropology in both traditional and experimental forms. Projects are developed with an emphasis on the ethical and political challenges of representation through media technologies.
  • CMDP 7300 - Theories of the Avant-Garde
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores various manifestations of avant-garde and experimental literature, art and media performance in the 20th century such as Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Theatre of the Absurd, the Situationists, Fluxus, Oulipo and others. Media forms analyzed will include manifestos, sound poetry, theatre, the novel, happenings, cinema, installation and other forms of historical avant-garde art practices.
  • CMDP 7500 - Production Methods I
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides technical resources for students to work with emergent technologies in a media arts context. This is a team-taught, practice-based course addressing various production methods, from moving image and video to web and network media to computational media.


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