Sandra Ristovska, PhD, sees her research and filmmaking as interrelated endeavors through which she explores how visual media facilitate processes of knowledge acquisition and how they influence institutional and legal decision-making. In particular, her work looks at questions around visual evidence and human rights across journalistic, legal, policy and activist settings.
human rights, visual culture/communication, visual evidence, visual advocacy, global media activism, social movements, ethnography, documentary filmmaking
MDST 1001 - Foundations of Media Studies
Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduces students to key issues and debates and contemporary applications of critical media studies focusing on economic, social, political and cultural implications. Provides an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice and equips students with the tools to critically analyze various forms of textual transmission.
MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
Examines the historical development of communication forms, tools, technologies and institutions (orality, writing, printing, photography, film, radio, television, computers, internet); their influence on culture (forms of expression and social relationships); and their impact on social and individual experience. Applies knowledge of communication history to contemporary social issues and problems in media and society, domestically and internationally.
MDST 3002 - Digital Culture and Politics
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines issues at the intersection of digital media, culture and politics, such as regulation and network architecture, piracy and hacking, and grassroots activism. Engage with a range of theories about cultural politics, democracy, liberalism and neo-liberalism in relation to digital information and communication technologies.
MDST 4241 - Visual Culture and Human Rights
Provides the critical tools needed to understand images and their impact on the recognition and restitution of human rights claims. The course examines both visual practices (e.g. documentation, archiving, witnessing, advocacy and surveillance) and visual media (e.g. photography, film, video, drone and satellite images), unpacking the growing entanglement between visual culture and human rights.
MDST 7021 - Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2
Continues the introduction of principle concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7021.