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Joel McKim

BA (McGill), MA (Concordia), PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

Contact details

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
tel: 020 3073 8364



My work focuses on urban political communication and the impact of digital technologies on architecture, art and design. I am broadly interested in how material infrastructures and digital media practices are increasingly intertwined. The research I undertake is, therefore, quite interdisciplinary and draws together such fields as architectural and urban studies, digital media theory, memory studies, philosophy of aesthetics and communication theory.

Current projects include a forthcoming book entitled Architecture, Media and Memory: Confronting Complexity in Post-9/11 New York (Bloomsbury 2017) and an ongoing investigation of the rapidly expanding field of digital animation, undertaken in collaboration with Esther Leslie. This animation project has thus far included the BIH sponsored Life Remade: Politics of Animation Symposium, an ongoing BIMI/Vasari sponsored digital animation screening series, and a forthcoming special issue of the journal animation.

I am currently the Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and the co-director of the BA Media and Culture and MA Digital Media.