Professor Kim Knight Published in Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

knight-2013-10Assistant Professor Kim Knight has been recently published in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. This collection of works includes articles from university professors across the United States who are well-versed in the rapidly expanding field of Digital Media.

Kim’s two publications cover controversial and complex topics that have arisen from Digital Media and its user’s agency over technology as well as the implications of real-world application.

Her first article, ‘Race and Ethnicity’ looks at racial and ethnic divides created in the digital space and why this divide remains prevalent.

“Digital media and textuality are one way in which racial meaning is constructed. It is also one of the avenues by which racial meaning can be challenged. The relationship between digital media/textuality and race/ethnicity is a complex interplay of multi-directional influences that must take into account both how race and ethnicity are given concrete expression in digital environments, as well as how digital texts and environments are shaped by racial formations.”

‘Gender Representation’ assesses how users are often constrained to gender binaries, inhibiting the exploration of gender fluidity in online and gaming platforms. The article also looks at how gender portrayal continues through means of objectification and stereotypes.

“As with avatar creation and video game characters, gender representation in the development of mobile computing applications suggests a rigidity of gender definition that aligns with the representational tendencies of most popular culture and mainstream digital media.”

Both racial and gender identity are topics covered in her course Fashioning Circuits (EMAC 3328) where students are encouraged to explore the commonalities of identity, collaboration, and originality between fashion and emerging media.

“The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media” will be considered the first comprehensive body of work that encompasses widely accepted concepts and terms from accredited sources in the study of Digital Media.

What Kim is teaching in the fall:

EMAC 3328 – Fashioning Circuits
EMAC 6372 – Approaches to Emerging Media and Communication