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Multimodal Scholarship Working Group Archive

Check below for information on past MSWG projects.


The MSWG facilitates conversations with students and faculty in the Culture, Media, & Education course on changing modalities and navigating institutional and personal ethics in media making.

The MSWG run sessions in drafting syllabi as a way to build out curricular practices to include anti-racist, accessible and multimodal resources in our courses. In the spirit of sharing resources please enjoy the slides below. If you have ay questions or would like to discuss syllabus design please reach out to our group. personal ethics in media making.


As part of MASCLab’s recent presentation at UPenn’s Ethnography Forum, Kyle Oliver surveyed how a variety of ethnographic and journalistic media projects adapt some of the conventions of academic publishing according to available affordances of audio media. He then shared excerpts from his ethnographic dissertation podcast in development, analyzing clips intended to reimagine how we understand literature reviews, methodological commentary, “discussion” sections, and more. 

Kyle’s work in “faith-adjacent” settings seeks to hybridize the discursive, affective, and representational dimensions of audio storytelling with the methodological rigor and genre expectations of academic research.

Read more of Kyle’s presentation here (slides 3–8), or check out the clips on Soundcloud (transcripts included).

This year, MASCLab member Azsaneé Truss developed a multimodal cookbook of fusion recipes to explore the concept of culture-crossing. Recipes are passed down through generations, and frequently survive despite marginalization and/or colonization. As a result, even the simplest recipe provides insight into the history, beliefs, lifestyle and norms of a given culture (or cultures). Created as the final project for TC’s Cinema As Cross-Cultural Communication class, the cookbook includes personal reflections; links to videos, music, and podcasts; and analyses of articles and films from the course.

Learn more about the cookbook here


Produced, directed and edited by Erica Russo McKenna, with support from MASCLab, “Toddler Hug: A Film about Two Families’ Experiences of Internet Fame” had its premiere online at PodFest 2020 (our annual celebration of MASCLab’s work) on May 1, 2020. 

In the film, the parents of the children featured in the viral “Toddler Hug” video reflect on their experiences. 

View the full episode transcript here.

MASCLab has an ongoing partnership with EVC where for the past few years, we have been working on a research project titled “Lingering Traces of Youth Media Engagement,” which looks at the lasting impact of EVC in the lives of various alumni. This year, we have also begun to analyze the films themselves to explore how we define “impact” within educational spaces.

Learn more about EVC at & read about the research on MASCLab’s website


View the full episode transcript here.

The “Craftivism” episode features an interview with Dr. Sandra Markus about her dissertation research on craftivist subcultures, both on and offline. The 2017 Women’s March features prominently in the discussion.

As mentioned in this episode, you can see Janie Terrero’s work here, and learn more about the Suffragette’s imprisonment at Holloway Prison here!

MASCLab hosts participatory screenings and events on the Teachers College campus to support, curate and engage people with multimodal scholarship. 

Events have included: Interactive film screenings with discussions and resources from filmmakers and participants (such as “Runaway: Philipsburg Manor” NewtownUna Vida, Dos Paises, and short films from the Foster Care Film Series), discussions from scholars on innovative research and media engagement, and our annual showcase of MASCLab’s work, PodFest.

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