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CMF Student Drew Thomas discusses the upcoming Rundle Summit 

Join the Department of Communication, Media and Film for "In Defense of Rage: Black Feminist Political Resources for 21st Century Struggle".

Date: February 28th 2018 5-6:30 p.m. 

Location: Main Campus, Alberta Room

Admission: Free with registration

 

CMF Professor Gregory Taylor, lead on Canadian Spectrum Policy Research at the University of Calgary spoke Wednesday on the Calgary Eyeopener about the telecommunications giant Shaw offering buyouts to 6,500 employees.

Applications for the Study Abroad Travel Award are now open!

Recent Department Publications: 2017

#MeToo Backlash: Why Some Women Can't Get Behind the Movement

CMF Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller was recently featured in Chatelaine Online, commenting on the backlash and messy middle ground arising for women around the #MeToo movement.

Read the full article here

 

Assitant Professor Mél Hogan Contributes to Publication, Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the Paradox

Dr. Mél Hogan contributed a chapter to Publication, Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the Paradox. Edited by Mike Hazas and Lisa Nathan.

A description of the book:

"This book brings together diverse voices from across the field of sustainable human computer interaction (SHCI) to discuss what it means for digital technology to support sustainability and how humans and technology can work together optimally for a more sustainable future. Written by an interdisciplinary team of contributors this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of human computer interaction and environmental studies."

You can find the book online here.

 

Teen Vogue Makes Waves: How being woke may be profitable according to CMF prof

CMF Assistant Professor Jessalynn Keller wrote a piece for The Conversation Canada about her experience at the recent Teen Vogue Summit this December, aimed at empowering women and challenging stereotypes. 

Read the article here

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

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