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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: 

*Fall 2018: I will be teaching a new seminar called HAVC 191W: "Art, Disaster, and Resilience."

Kyle Parry researches across digital media, visual culture, critical theory, and the environmental humanities. His book project, Disaster and Assembly, proposes a new, assembly-based framework for cultural practices around environment and technological disasters, both sudden and slow-moving. Other current projects concern the history and theory of photographic ubiquity; selfies, digital imaging, and thought; protest, networks, and the concept of aboutness; and performative approaches to digital scholarship and data visualization. His research has been published or is forthcoming in Critical InquiryDebates in the Digital Humanities, and Archive Journal. Parry is also committed to research and experimentation around digitally-enabled and studio-based pedagogy.

Office: 
Porter College D207
Office Hours: 

Fall 2018: Thursdays 2:00pm–4:00pm, or by appointment. To sign-up for a specific slot, please visit this page.

Selected Publications: 

Articles

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

“Generative Assembly after Katrina,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 2018)

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

Selected Presentations: 

"Assembly by Other Means," Aesthetics of Information (Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Amherst College, May 2018)

"Art/Data" (Panel Chair, College Art Association Annual Conference, February 2018)

“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: 

Fall 2018

HAVC 191W: "Art, Disaster, and Resilience"

Explores how art and other visual cultural practices--like participatory mapping, data visualization, and image sharing--negotiate the material and social consequences of both sudden and slow-moving disasters. Emphasizes critical, activist, and regenerative methods of representation, collaboration, and response.

GE: IM, TuTh 950a-1125a, Porter Academic 245

Previous Courses at UCSC

HAVC 201B: Introduction to Visual Studies

HAVC 49: From Memes to Metadata: An Introduction to Digital Visual Culture

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

HAVC 141N: Data Cultures: Art, Technology, and Politics of Visual Representation

HAVC 141H: Media History and Theory

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