Codes and Modes is a bi-annual symposium that brings together scholars, makers, graduate students, and curators to interrogate the social spaces and formal and thematic boundaries within which contemporary non-fiction media is produced.

Today, a flourishing non-fiction media culture finds its home in a variety of spaces of production, exhibition, and discussion: in the cinema, the gallery, the classroom, youtube, online and increasingly, embedded in other forms of social and mobile media. Our goal is to promote critical dialogue around how activist, documentary and other forms of non-fiction media are taught, how it is learned, how it is reproduced and what assumptions and possibilities lie in this terrain.

The current politics surrounding immigration, race, gender identity, land use, solidarity, etc., places the non-fiction form in the unique position of being used as a tool for exploring who we are and who we could become in a period of economic, social and political crisis.