The scope of this group includes both the arts of the moving image and also text-based “screen” media such as blogs, wiki-style sites, cell texting, twitter, etc. The group is especially interested in how these hybrid visual and textual media help create virtual spaces within which individuals may negotiate their relationship with larger communities, with various corporate and political institutions, and with the State itself. The group consists of Duke faculty working in fields related to modern Asian cultural studies, and based in AMES, Cultural Anthropology, English, Theatre Studies, Art History, and Literature. Activities include approximately six group meetings during the academic year, which typically center around a discussion of select readings or cultural texts. In some cases, other area studies faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars and artists are invited to join these conversations.