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Roberts, John



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research overview

  • My research explores the relationship between media aesthetics and the production of knowledge, focusing primarily on film and visual culture. I am currently researching the visual culture of conspiracy in relation to the narrativization of time.


  • Visual Culture



courses taught

  • CMCI 1000 - Special Introductory Topics in CMCI
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Investigates special introductory topics in media, communication and information. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours on different topics.
  • MDST 1009 - Truth, Beauty, and Conspiracy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    With conspiracy at the forefront of social and political discourse, this course illuminates these problems of knowledge and representation by approaching conspiracy culture from the perspective of media theory. Explores conspiracy theories as narratives, analyzing their specific narrative features and the ways that different media platforms represent conspiracy. Students also consider how conspiracy narratives complicate the relationship between knowledge and aesthetic form. Offered in Fall or Spring.
  • MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    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 2032 - Visual Literacies & Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Examines cultural visual experiences from critical perspectives and social effects. The course acquaints students with visual design in ways that include image-making as a cognitive and perceptual practice, the production of visual significance and meaning, and the role of technology in creating and understanding mediated images. Students will use a variety of means to produce visual narratives.


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