The discipline of media studies has emerged from the cultural studies, critical theory, and philological disciplines dedicated to historical, cultural, and linguistic analysis of how ideas are communicated. In today’s global media market, digital and other emerging media have become so widespread that they demand their own field of specialized research.

The Center for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS) aims to fulfill this need within the Johns Hopkins community by establishing fellowships and residencies, organizing workshops, lecture series, and screenings/gallery installations, and broadly supporting the burgeoning field of advanced media studies. The center is geared toward graduate students with an interest in media studies, but is open to the larger Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities.

Based in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, CAMS also works closely with the Film and Media Studies Program at Johns Hopkins, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

 CAMS’s director is Bernadette Wegenstein, PhD, an Austrian linguist and filmmaker who is a professor of media studies in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures.