James Tobias, Associate Professor
Professor Tobias' research interests include the study of contemporary digital media, and historical studies of music and image relations. He is particularly interested in methodologies and frameworks for the analysis of comparative media, in interactive, networked forms of globalizing digital media, or in relation to musicality across audiovisual media. His research, conference presentations, work as interaction designer and installation artist, and scholarly publications have emphasized identity construction at the interface of human and computer, the public and private, the local and the global.
In February 2005 Tobias presented "Alice at Play: Tracing the Medial Agent From Lewis Carroll to American McGee's Alice," an invited talk on new media and media in transition, sponsored by UC Berkeley's Berkeley Film Seminar. Recent publications include "Learning Tokyo by Creating it Otherwise" in Asian Cinema (Vol. 16 No. 1, Spring/Summer 2005); "Gesture, Technique, and Time," in Orientations (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005); and "Meditation on a Freeway Suicide: The Sacrifice of Autobiography," an interactive scholarly essay available at Jump Cut (No. 47, Winter 2005). Tobias was awarded a residential research fellowship at the University of California, Irvine's Humanities Research Institute for winter quarter 2005. He is a member of the University of California multi-campus research group convened by Dr. Alan Liu at UC Santa Barbara, Transliteracies, and a member of the editorial board of the forthcoming journal Gaming and Culture.
The electronic journal established by Tobias for undergrad writing at UCR is now online: http://english.actions.ucr.edu