What is Media? (2016) –– the sixth annual “What is . . . ?” conference-experience –– features a unique coalescing of media scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni, and students, as well as artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. With media representing a wider and wider range of concepts, products, services, and institutions, the definition of media continues to be in a state of flux. What is media today? How is media studies defined? How have media technologies transformed media theory and practice? What are the futures of media and how are they evolving? What is Media? coincides with the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s 2016 centennial celebration!


The CONFERENCE commenced Thursday, April 14th with the Freedom of Information Act Roundtable at 2:00p. Doors opened at 5:00p for the Johnston Lecture––featuring John Markoff, The New York Times––followed by the EXHIBITION grand opening of HABITATS at 7:00p. The event continued beginning at 8:30a on Friday, April 15th with Stanford Communication Professor  Fred Turner. It concluded with a reception and EXPERIENCE at the NW Film Center in the Portland Art Museum at 5:00p featuring filmmaker and artist, Lynn Hershman Leeson, along with a performance by Harmonic Laboratory. Saturday, April 16th began at 9:00a with a UO Presidential Welcome by Michael Schill followed by Luciano Floridi (Oxford Univ.), and another amazing day of plenaries and panels. The final day, following plenaries by Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London) and Steven Jackson (Cornell Univ.), concluded with a new composition by Robert Kyr (Univ. of Oregon) composed specifically for What is Media?

What is . . . ?
Journalism (2015) • Documentary (2014) • Radio (2013) • Television (2012) • Film (2009)