Department of Communication Studies

Philip Hopper

Assistant Professor

Digital Media

Research Interests

Vernacular image-making related to conflict(s) in the public sphere. My areas of focus are Northern Ireland and the Palestinian West Bank. Texts and symbols in these areas come freighted with meaning as are the relationships of these visual artifacts, these painted words and images, to each other.

Teaching Interests

How texts and media may work together. "The domains of word and image are like two countries that speak different languages but that have a long history of mutual migration, cultural exchange, and other forms of intercourse." From: Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History. U of Chicago Press 1996. Nelson and Shiff are discussing W. J. T. Mitchell's work. I believe especially his 1987 book, Image, Text and Ideology.

Courses Taught

COMM EM 1659 Beginning Writing for Electronic Media: COMM EM 1611 Media Literacy

Personal/Professional Interests

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