Joshua Miner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas.
He began his work in linguistics, Indigenous aesthetics + media theory, and critical health studies, out of which grew a research program focused on the relationship between the organizational media of U.S./Canadian bureaucracy and Native/First Nations activist film, visual art, and literature. His recent work has explored how Native artists engage in public health advocacy via new media technologies and forms, including how these projects generate new protocols for Indigenous artistic practice and social mobilization.
His current book project, Biased Render: Interventions in Settler Digitality explores tactical practices across Indigenous game design, emerging cinema, and digital cartography, with a particular focus on the politics of digital modeling and rendering as modes of algorithmic embodiment. Rooted in Indigenous futurist perspectives on digital media production, Biased Render explores a broad range of media production that intervenes in the settler-colonial structures inherent to digital media design—its platforms and aesthetics—particularly in the areas of "low poly" 3D embodiment, systematic error or "noise" in rendering engines, and the interrelation of technical and cultural protocols in the procedural.
Joshua's design work includes digital art and experimental videogames. His current project, Archetypecast, presents a retro-RPG-style "playable cinematic history," in which the player navigates the behavioral norms and codes of iconic film scenes that cast Native characters in genre-defined roles. Archetypecast is a medium-specific approach to the analysis of cultural representation across digital media.
Since coming to KU, Joshua has taught courses in film and digital aesthetics; transmedia studies; global Indigenous film & media production; tactical and activist media arts; and videogame theory and design.
Joshua is a founding member of the KU Indigenous Critical Media Lab (a partnership with the Indigenous Studies Program and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities) and the Kansas Indigenous Arts Initiative (a partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, the Lied Center, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission), programs that facilitate resources for Indigenous students working in critical media arts, media studies, and digital humanities across both the KU and Haskell communities.
PhD, University of Iowa, 2015
MA, University of North Texas, 2009
BA, University of North Texas, 2006