Media and Material Practices

The MMP graduate focal area engages past, present, and emerging media, exploring how scholarly paradigms designed for print, performance, and digital cultures can inform the study of both new and old media. Faculty and graduate students in MMP work on a broad range of periods and genres, from medieval performance and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary children's popular music and digital technologies.

Graduate students in the area benefit from

  • Rich resources for digital production and multimodal composition
  • Excellent rare book collections, including a collection about the History of the Book and Printing.
  • Opportunities to develop substantial expertise in supporting fields and disciplines through the departments of Communication, History of Art and Architecture, and Theatre Arts and the School of Information Sciences.
  • Digital Humanities at Pitt (DHRX), a cross-campus research network fostering scholarship in the digital humanities.