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Kyle Parry

Assistant Professor
digital media and visual culture; art, documentary, and disaster; memory and politics; archival theory and practice; data, technology, and environment; history and theory of photography; critical media practice
Research Interests: 

Kyle Parry researches across the history and theory of media, contemporary art and cultural memory, and digital and networked culture. His current book project explores shifting conditions and possibilities for mediating and visualizing disasters; related written and practice-based projects investigate the potentials and politics in digital archival and assembly-based responses to ecological violence. Emerging research domains build on these themes, including recent inquiry into histories of photographic hyper-production as well as issues of scaffolding and performativity in digital communication and pedagogy.

Porter College D207
Office Hours: 

Winter 2018: Thursdays 2pm–4pm, or by appointment. To sign-up for a specific slot, please visit this page.

Selected Publications: 


“Generative Assembly after Katrina” (in press, Critical Inquiry)

“Reading for Enactment: A Performative Approach to Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization” (in press, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2018)

“As We May Now Think: A Note on Vannevar Bush’s Scaffolding Claim,” Archive Journal (November 2016). (link)

“Notes from the Participatory Digital Archives Conference,” Contents (February 2013).


Selected Presentations: 

“Theorizing Metadata,” Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (March 2017)

“Performative Data Curation,” Hard Coded Humanities (University of Rochester, 2016)

“The Event Archive as a Genre of Networked Media,” Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (March 2016)

“Network Crisis Archiving: From First Response to Remembrance,” Invited Talk, Japan Forum, Harvard University (March 2016)

“3.11 and the Digital Archival Assemblage,” Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference (March 2015)

“Structuring Collaborative Learning,” Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching Annual Conference (Cambridge, MA, September 2014)

“Photographing Things to Come and Making Secret History,” Film and Visual Studies Colloquium (Cambridge, MA, February 2012)

Teaching Interests: 

Here are descriptions of my two Fall 2017 courses, which I'm excited to teach:

HAVC 49: From Memes to Metadata: An Introduction to Digital Visual Culture [New Title; Originally, "A Short History of the Digital"]

An introduction to digital visual culture, including critical and historical approaches to memes; social media and politics; and the many intersections of data, images, and society. Other sample topics: digital art, digital activism, and surveillance.

GE: PE-T, TuTh 950a-1125a, Merrill 102

HAVC 141P: Networks and Natures: Art, Technology, and the Nonhuman

Through critical readings and primary sources, this course explores the historical and theoretical developments in the interactions of art, culture, nature, and technology. Sample topics include environmental art; media infrastructures; concepts of nature and the nonhuman; and climate change and visual culture.

GE: PE-E, TuTh 320p-455p, McHenry 1256


Honors and Awards: 

Outstanding Teacher Award, Arts Division, UC Santa Cruz (2017)

"Ubiquity: Photography's Multitudes," Humanities Project, University of Rochester (2017)

Mellon/CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester (2015–2016)

“Experimental Teaching as Design Practice,” Grant, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, 2014–2015 (co-recipient with metaLAB)

“Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters as Teaching Tool and Laboratory Course,” Grant, Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, 2012–2013 (co-recipient with metaLAB and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)

Ashford Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Harvard University (2009–2015)

Education and Training: 
Ph.D., Visual and Environmental Studies and Critical Media Practice, Harvard University
B.A., Rhetoric and Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley