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Mary Arnatt, second year Masters Student, is this year’s winner of the Film Studies Association of Canada Gerald Pratley Award. This highly competitive prize is given annually to a graduate student doing research in the area of Canadian cinema. Each year, the winner of the Pratley presents the opening keynote presentation at the annual  FSAC-ACÉC conference. The Annual Conference is held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, generally taking place during the last week or May or first week of June each year.

CMF PhD Student Dalia Grobovaite was featured in the current volume of the Canadian Journal of Media Studies. See her essay, Politics of Bricolage and the Double-sided Message of The LEGO Movie, here: http://cjms.fims.uwo.ca/issues/15-01/index.html

Food Marketing, Policy and Children’s Health

PhD or MA PROGRAM RECRUITMENT (1 position)

Dr. Charlene Elliott is seeking to recruit one student into our graduate program at the PhD or MA level in the area of Communication & Health with an interest in Food Marketing, Policy and Children’s Health.

CMF Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller wrote a piece for The Conversation Canada about her work on digital rape culture activism and the recent #MeToo hashtag.

theconversation.com/metoo-campaign-brings-conversation-of-rape-to-the-mainstream-85875

CMF Assistant Professor Dr. Hogan is part of a new interdisciplinary working group looking at social histories of DNA: 

Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis

The goal of this working group is to facilitate learning and communication among researchers and students interested in the environmental humanities, a field that brings insights from the arts and humanities to bear on pressing ecological issues. Our specific focus is to examine the present climate crisis together with critical scholarship on the promise of DNA – as gene and genome – as a potential solution to this crisis.

The group will meet monthly from September 2017 to March 2018 to discuss published research, present work in progress and host guest speakers. Key themes for organizing discussions and readings include: critical studies of climate change; the social history of DNA; reimagining diversity and kinship in a genomics age; and critical analysis of bioinformatics (DNA as data). This working group will identify and explore gaps in existing literature to provide a platform for developing a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on environmental humanities approaches to genomic applications for climate change.

Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller spoke to CBC Eyeopener’s David Gray about her research on Teen Vogue’s political coverage. She describes how the teen magazine once known for fashion, beauty and celebrity coverage is now publishing pieces like Lauren Duca’s December 2016 op-ed “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America.” Professor Keller contends that the magazine is now recognizing their audience of teenage girls and LGTBQ youth as political, engaged, and activist – an important shift in today’s media landscape.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/teen-vogue-shift-1.4316888

Alix Johnson (UCSC) and Mél Hogan (University of Calgary) have guest edited an issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 

INTRODUCING LOCATION AND DISLOCATION: GLOBAL GEOGRAPHIES OF DIGITAL DATA

The contributions to this issue of Imaginations address the relationship between digital data and physical place. How is the economy of data storage organized in and across communities, regions, nations, and states? How does the industry reprise old relationships and forge new ones? How are boundaries and borders inscribed and encountered by users and creators along the way? How is information technology (IT) infrastructure built into environments, shifting social and natural terrain? By foregrounding spatial relations and infrastructures, these essays draw connections between globalized geographies of media distribution and localized impacts of IT on the ground.

More: http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca/?p=9947

CMF Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller spoke about her current research project on political activism in Teen Vogue on Vancouver's Roundhouse Radio show, Sense of Place. 

CMF's PhD candidate AnneMarie Dorland, a Finalist of this year's #SSHRCStorytellers is the winner of the competition's 2017 Engagement Prize!

The award was evaluated by the fellow storytellers and the judges, and is given to the Top 25 Storyteller who best connects social sciences research and their own research study with the larger community. AnneMarie was selected based on her work connecting the Doing Design Thinking study with the University itself (through blog posts, guest posts for UToday and twitter engagement) and with the classroom (by integrating the findings from the study into teaching in COMS 383, and by using the SSHRC Storytellers videos as teaching tools in the classroom).

Dr. Barbara Schneider's research project, Hearing [our] Voices, will be featured as a poster exhibition during Empathy Week, an initiative curated by Humainologie, a division of the Calgary Centre for Global Community. 

Hearing [our] Voices: Dilemmas of Care and Control

"Graphic poster exhibition created by people with schizophrenia that addresses care and control in their relationships with medical and housing service providers."

May 29th - June 2nd, 6.00AM – 6.00PM daily
City of Calgary Municipal Complex Atrium

For more information on Empathy Week, please visit: www.humainologie.com/empathyweek/

The University of Calgary's UToday article, Experts peer into the future of Canada's wireless 'spectrum' and predict seismic shifts, provides insight on the research and information presented at the Canadian Spectrum Summit 2017, presented by conference organizer and Co-Chair, CMF's Dr. Gregory Taylor. 

The Faculty of Arts Awards were held on May 3, 2017 and we are proud to announce that CMF was honoured in the categories of Teaching and Staff Excellence!

The Labour of Leisure is explored in a new article by CMF's Dr. Barbara Schneider and Sociology's Dr. Liza McCoy.  

Square dance is a form of social dance carried out by groups of four pairs of dancers arranged in a square, moving in response to on-the-spot instructions of a square dance caller. This article looks at the work that the square dance caller does to produce “fun” for the participants. The multi-faceted labour of being a caller includes being a singer, an entertainer, an expert in calling, a teacher, a sound equipment expert, a business person, and an emotional worker instrumental in producing other people’s pleasure.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14927713.2016.1269295?scroll=top&needAccess=true 

Tamara Seiler, Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication, Media and Film was recently featured on CTV as an “inspiring Albertan.” She was instrumental in starting an organization called the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners or CALL

The Canadian Public Relations Society has two $1,000 scholarships available for students enrolled in public relations/communications programs at three educational institutions in Calgary. Both awards offer a $1,000 Scholarship and other benefits. 

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