For information regarding Course 21f UROP Opportunities, please see the UROP Coordinator or check the UROP Project Openings page.
Once you've found your UROP, follow all UROP application procedures for pay or credit.
- Prof. Ian Condry, 14N-314, 2-2709, email@example.com
- The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story. This project examines Japanese animated films and TV shows as a case study in global media and culture, by exploring the links between creative production, digital technology, fan activities, and business practices. Based on fieldwork in Japan and the US as well as archival and online research, I am interested in what the success of this non-Western media form can tell us about current issues related to culture industries, online "piracy," and international soft power.
- Prof. Elizabeth Garrels, 14N-323, x3-9688, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research on 19th-century Argentine writer and politician Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888). Involves his literary and journalistic production between 1840 and 1855, years which the author spent largely in exile in neighboring Chile. Looks comparatively at the projects of nation building in both countries at the time, as well as the development of social and cultural institutions in their respective capitals and in other urban centers. Work is multidisciplinary, and covers literature, fine arts, popular culture, history, and urbanization. Student must have advanced reading knowledge of both Spanish and English.
- Ms. Min-Min Liang, 14N-222, x3-4743, email@example.com
- The mission of The Contemporary Chinese Writers Website Project is to give visibility to the varied famous living Chinese writers to readers in the West, to integrate Chinese cultural elements into language learning, and to promote the Institute’s interest in Chinese culture. The meaning of our website's Chinese logo, wéncháo, is “waves of literature,” and it symbolizes the impact of these writers on Chinese society. The project features scholarly website of prominent Chinese contemporary writers from both China and Taiwan, hosted by the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies (CB/BS). The pedagogical goal for this project is to integrate cultural elements into language learning. The website will support MIT classes and, in fact, is a nice tool to bridge the gap between Chinese culture and language courses. This website is a scholarly repository, and we will invite academic scholars to contribute their scholarly works to this website. In the spirit of MIT’s OpenCourseWare, it is important that the site be open to the world and serve as a resource to scholars and readers of Chinese literature worldwide. Any student worker must have reading knowledge of both Chinese and English.
- Prof. Shigeru Miyagawa, 14N-303, x3-6346, firstname.lastname@example.org
- I am interested in ways to improve foreign language learning, particularly to speed up learning of languages such as Chinese and Japanese. Very Fast Track (VFT) aims to substantially cut down the time needed to master a language. I am also interested in the use of new media technologies for transforming education. I have a project with the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian John W. Dower, called Visualizing Cultures, in which we look at history through visual images. In linguistics I work on syntactic theory, morphology, and Altaic and East Asian linguistics.
- Prof. Bruno Perreau, 14N-320, x5-5384, email@example.com
- Adoption Narratives and the Media in France and the US. My research focuses on gender, sexuality and national identity in contemporary France. I put into question the institutional process for authorizing an adoption. It argues that institutions draw their authority from a heterosexual imaginary of the Nation, which is performed by means of a meticulous discursive control of the family.
- Prof. Emma Teng, 14N-421, x3-4536, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The 'Eurasian' as a figure of East-West Hybridity in Chinese and American Culture: 1840 to 1940. The project is a comparative study of Chinese and American representations of the Eurasian as a biracial subject from 1840 to 1940. The project will examine various fields of representations including; literature, film, racial theory, law and the census.
- Prof. Jing Wang, 14N-311, x3-4859, email@example.com
- Understanding the cultural and policy issues affecting contemporary China in particular advertising, new media, consumer and popular culture. Looks at the interplay between intellectual property rights policy and Creative Commons open-content movement in China and other Asian developing countries. Please visit MIT International Committee of Critical Policy Studies of China. New UROP project available: assistance with revising and redesigning the web site of “New Media Action Lab.” Research will include development of a historical perspective of action research in the USA and aggregating resources and researching on the impact of social media on social action.