Kyle Parry

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.

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Office Hours: 

Spring 2017: Thursdays 11pm–1pm, or by appointment. To sign-up for a specific slot, please use this Doodle poll:

Selected Publications: 


“Generative Assembly after Katrina” (under revision)

“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).

Under Review

“Visualizing Enactment: On Performativity, Dimensionality, and the Digital Humanities” (under review)

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: 

Parry’s courses address topics across a range of fields, including visual and media studies, art history, science, technology, and society, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, and the environmental humanities. He is interested in experimental methods in arts and humanities pedagogy, including the possibilities and pitfalls in practice-based, studio, and digital/networked learning.

16-17 Courses:

HAVC 141H: Media History and Theory (Fall 16)

HAVC 49: A Short History of the Digital (Winter 17)

HAVC 191P: Art and Disaster (Topics in Contemporary Art) (Winter 17)

HAVC 141N: Data Cultures: Art, Technology, and the Politics of Visual Representation (Spring 17)

Honors and Awards: 

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