We're glad you're here. This guide contains information pertaining to the field of media studies. Here you'll find featured content, helpful resources and services for scholars, instructional support information, research & writing tips, new titles, and recommended resources. You will also find a list of campus & community resources relevant to film and media. For a description of what you'll find in each section of this guide, just hover over each item in the navigation menu on the left-hand side of this page; if you're using a mobile device, you'll also find a summary on each page.
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Media Studies refers to the broad range of interdisciplinary subjects focusing on media culture and production. This may include media theory; game studies & design; communication & culture; telecommunications & communication science; media production, design, & aesthetics; mass media & popular culture; film & cinema studies, including the history & culture thereof; identity & representation; policy, copyright, and other legal frameworks; media ecology; journalism and the news, public relations and advertising, among many others. This subject area may also maintain commitments to sociocultural concerns relevant to information technology, such as the surveillance economy, social media, and other forms of technologically mediated interactions.
Media studies may and often does intersect with other fields, including philosophy, literary & social theory, art history & criticism, and cultural studies, et al.
This guide comprises resources and information relevant to students within the IU Media School, as well as those engaging with media, generally, in their research. Scholars of media often find themselves working with and across a variety frameworks, both regional and global; formats, both analog (film, videocassettes/DVDs) and digital; and styles, from radio programming to movies, from television to video games, and beyond.
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In celebration of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, we have put together a feature commemorating Hispanic and Latine/Latinx artists and creators from across generations.
We recognize that not everyone being celebrated throughout this month align with using labels such as Hispanic or Latin(e/x) that we will be using for the title of this feature. Several terms are more accepted due to different movements in gender equity and nonbinary visibility as well as a collective push back on terms rooted in colonialism. We invite any and all people to celebrate this month and use this feature to explore more about the wide and diverse range of art, film, literature, and general culture of Hispanic and Latin(e/x) people.
For more on the topic of terms and labels, the New York Public Librarian's curator of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies Paloma Celis Carbajal shares more in their article "From Hispanic to Latine: Hispanic Heritage Month and the Terms That Bind Us."
For more on the topic, and this month-long celebration, consult some of the following resources:
To provide an initial orientation to this feature and the contributions of Latinx artists, we have compiled a chronological survey of songs by musicians from these communities across time and genre. To learn more about Hispanic and Latinx musical worlds, check out some of the resources we used to create this playlist:
If you would like to engage more with this month-long celebration, the Libraries have curated a number of interrelated resources and features to continue and deepen the conversation. You'll find these, below:
A sampling of scholarly articles from our electronic databases relevant to Latin(x/e) identity and culture:
Anguiano, José G., Uriostegui, Marbella, Gussman, Melissa, & Kouyoumdjian, Claudia. “Sonic Counterspaces: The Role of Music in the Latino College Experience at a Predominantly White Institution.” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, vol. 21, no. 1, 2022, pp. 67-81.
Galvin, Rachel. “Transcreation and Self-Translation in Contemporary Latinx Poetry.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 49, no. 1, 2022, pp. 28-54.
Gutiérrez, Arcelia. “Situating Representation As a Form of Erasure: #OscarsSoWhite, Black Twitter, and Latinx Twitter.” Television & New Media, vol. 23, no. 1, 2022, pp. 100-118.
McFarland, Pancho. “Chicano Rap Roots: Black-Brown Cultural Exchange and the Making of a Genre.” Callaloo, vol. 29, no. 3, 2006, pp. 939-955.
For a more comprehensive list of films (both features and documentaries) relevant to this celebration, please visit Media Service's guide to Hispanic History & Heritage Month Streaming and DVD Resources.