The Center for the Study of Media and Performance (CSMP) is an interdisciplinary forum for critical inquiry into the many expressions of live art and screen culture. The Center invites faculty from across SDSU to join us for lectures, meetings, symposia, performances, screenings, and other presentations that explore the discourses linked by the keywords “media” and “performance.” The Center aims to engage leading thinkers in these and related fields in a national dialogue. To that end, we welcome the participation of SDSU faculty, students, and affiliates, as well as the greater San Diego community.
The objective of the Center is to make a significant intervention into research practices in the arts.
We take it as a given that art is a mode of critical inquiry. Proceeding from this premise, the Center seeks to bridge the divide separating theory and practice. Accordingly, some of the Center’s projects will take the form of practice-based research that uses media forms and / or live performance to interrogate youth culture, classic literature, and our contemporary world. Aligned with the mission of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and the School of Theatre, Television, and Film, the Center will bring together artists and scholars to engage in the production of new ideas about critical analysis, as well as in devising, presenting, and other creative modes of research in the arts.
The Center has a clear set of research priorities:
Looking to the future, the Center will provide a rich support network for students and faculty affiliated with several graduate degree programs, expanding curricular offerings with content representing the interdisciplinary discourses of studies in Media and Performance.