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Re: MECCSA Digest - 3 Jul 2018 to 4 Jul 2018 (#2018-175)

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Hello, MECCSA
I am carrying out fieldwork in the Arctic until December. I have tried on a number of occasions to unsubscribe from MECCSA for this period but it doesn't seem to work. Could you unsubscribe me until further notice? I'd be most grateful.
Best wishes

Shona


Shona Main
SGSAH DTP: Inside the shared space of documentarist and subject: the quietly radical ideas and ethics of Jenny Gilbertson
Fundraiser for my Jenny Gilbertson in the Arctic fieldwork
www.shonamain.com @shonamain
Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling FK9 4LA Tel:+44 (0)78 1079 1798


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From: Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of MECCSA automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 05 July 2018 00:00
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Subject: MECCSA Digest - 3 Jul 2018 to 4 Jul 2018 (#2018-175)

There are 16 messages totaling 5660 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Alberto Toscano Q&A - Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation
  2. Call for applications: PhD or postdoctoral research fellow
  3. Call for Applications: PhD and Postdoctoral researchers
  4. 3rd Try! FW: Call for applications: PhD or postdoctoral research fellow
  5. Reminder: 9th July deadline for abstracts - investigating commemorative,
     memorial and political uses of personal images in the digital age in the
     Global South.
  6. New Book: Spatial Anthropology
  7. CFP: Film, public diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  8. Lecturer Posts in Film Production
  9. New article collection launch: What Guns Mean: The Symbolic Lives of
     Firearms (Palgrave Macmillan)
 10. Understanding Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey - Book Launch and Symposium
 11. 'Media Amnesia: Rewriting the Economic Crisis', by Laura Basu
 12. Position as professor in musicology at Aarhus University
 13. Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic, by Paul
     A. Silverstein
 14. Screening Sexual Violence
 15. CFP: TRANSITIONS 8 - new directions in comics studies
 16. PhD scholarship in AI, personalisation and narratives at Royal Holloway

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Date:    Tue, 3 Jul 2018 19:26:06 -0400
From:    Patrick Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Alberto Toscano Q&A - Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation

The following article may be of interest to members of this list
--
http://www.mediapolisjournal.com/2018/07/visualising-spatial
-injustice-qa-one-toscano/

The first part of a Q&A that extends from discussions at the Visualising
Spatial Injustice and Exploitation symposium, which took place at the
University of Kent on June 8th 2018. Here, Alberto Toscano reflects on some
of the issues brought up by his presentation, entitled Vision and Division:
Reflections on Race, Space and Film, which developed his work on film and
visual culture in Cartographies of the Absolute (co-authored with Jeff
Kinkle, 2015) by reflecting on visual practices that have addressed the
spatial dimensions of racial inequality and domination. Part 2 will
continue with Miranda Pennell.
--

Patrick Brian Smith
<http://www.concordia.ca/finearts/cinema/faculty.html?fpid=patrick-smith>
PhD Student and Part-time Lecturer
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec


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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 08:25:53 +0200
From:    "Susan M. Gaines" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for applications: PhD or postdoctoral research fellow

Dear Colleagues,



Here is the email I sent yesterday, now with the promised attachment! The
interdisciplinary Fiction Meets Science Program in northwestern Germany has
a new opening for a Ph.D. or post-doctoral research fellow in a project
that focuses on the transcultural mobility of scientists and science in the
contemporary Anglophone science novel. The call for applications is
attached. DEADLINE JULY 12th!





Susan Gaines





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Susan M. Gaines

Co-Director, Fiction Meets Science

Writer in Residence, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies (FB10)

Postfach 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)421 347 8030 | Cell: +49 (0)176 322 95462

www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/lehrpersonal/gaines.aspx

www.fictionmeetsscience.org







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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:05:03 +0200
From:    "Susan M. Gaines" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Call for Applications: PhD and Postdoctoral researchers

Dear Colleagues



Apparently our attachment still did not get through on the listserv. If you
would like to know more about this position, please visit the Fiction Meets
Science website page, and click on the link for details and the official
call.

www.fictionmeetsscience.org/ccm/content/news-and-events/news/fms-ii-varieti
es-of-science-narrative/



The interdisciplinary Fiction Meets Science Program in northwestern Germany
has a new opening for a Ph.D. or post-doctoral research fellow in a project
that focuses on the transcultural mobility of scientists and science in the
contemporary Anglophone science novel. The call for applications is
attached. DEADLINE JULY 12th!





Susan Gaines







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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:05:03 +0200
From:    "Susan M. Gaines" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 3rd Try! FW: Call for applications: PhD or postdoctoral research fellow

Apparently our attachment still did not get through on the listserv
(Thanks, Stuart, for the heads up). If you would like to know more about
the below position, please visit the Fiction Meets Science website page,
and click on the link for details and the official call:

www.fictionmeetsscience.org/ccm/content/news-and-events/news/fms-ii-varieti
es-of-science-narrative/





From: Susan M. Gaines [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 04 July 2018 08:26
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Call for applications: PhD or postdoctoral research fellow



Dear Colleagues,



Here is the email I sent yesterday, now with the promised attachment! The
interdisciplinary Fiction Meets Science Program in northwestern Germany has
a new opening for a Ph.D. or post-doctoral research fellow in a project
that focuses on the transcultural mobility of scientists and science in the
contemporary Anglophone science novel. The call for applications is
attached. DEADLINE JULY 12th!





Susan Gaines





----------______________________________

Susan M. Gaines

Co-Director, Fiction Meets Science

Writer in Residence, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies (FB10)

Postfach 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)421 347 8030 | Cell: +49 (0)176 322 95462

www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/lehrpersonal/gaines.aspx

www.fictionmeetsscience.org







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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 08:08:28 +0000
From:    Piotr Cieplak <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Reminder: 9th July deadline for abstracts - investigating commemorative, memorial and political uses of personal images in the digital age in the Global South.

Commemoration, memory, archive: investigating commemorative and memorial uses of personal, non-professional images in the digital age in the Global South

A symposium at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
University of Sussex
4th and 5th September 2018


The commemorative and memorial use of personal, private images in the context of large-scale violence and death has a long history. Private images have been continually employed to access worlds that no longer exist, to de-anonymize, individualize or humanize victims, to identify murderers and the murdered, to evidence contested events and to prove the existence of life before death. They populate archives, memorials and museums, places of public protest and, increasingly, myriad regions of the internet.


The private photographic archive has been an important part of what Paul Williams calls the “global rush to commemorate” (2007), starting, arguably, with the attempts to memorialize the Holocaust.

Yet in this movement from the private to public, from intimacy to historical significance, private images undergo transitions (including for example displacement, re-contextualization and politicization) in a manner that raises critical challenges for both commemorative practices and those to whom the images initially belonged. To what extent, as some scholars have argued, does this use of private images become part of a trend to globalize and homogenize commemoration, such that local contexts are overwritten? Similarly, where are issues of access, copyright and meaning addressed, particularly with the rise of the digital, and state-controlled, centralized memory-making?

This two-day symposium at the University of Sussex aims to explore real and perceived changes in the relationship(s) between private still images and the memorialization and commemoration of mass violence – including trauma – with a particular focus on practices in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America in the digital age. Our latter emphasis on the digital is in response to the ways digital and social media are now arguably dominant in both personal and institutional commemoration, affecting all stages of image curation from archiving and scanning to display. As part of Sussex’s interdisciplinary ethos, we are particularly interested in exploring intersections between theory and practice and invite scholarly and practice contributions that speak to a range of themes as listed below.


Keynote Speakers include:

Professor Ludmila da Silva Catela (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba Museum of Anthropology, Archivo Provincial de la Memoria, Argentina)

Claver Irakoze (Aegis Trust/Rwanda Genocide Archive in Kigali)

Professor Elizabeth Edwards FBA

Dr Gil Pasternak (DMU)


The event will also include a screening of The Faces We Lost<https://www.faceswelostfilm.com/trailer> (2017) followed by a Q&A with the director.

There will be dedicated networking time to further future collaborations.

We invite contributions to both the roundtable discussions and more traditional conference papers. Please note that the aim of the roundtables is to generate and facilitate a broad exchange of knowledge and ideas and to nurture collaboration. Consequently, as selected roundtable members you will be asked to participate in the discussion from the perspective of your research expertise rather than present a traditional conference/practice paper.

ROUNDTABLES

1. Regional, national, cultural and geographic contexts (which will foreground the following themes):

• Examples of the practice of commemorative, memorial and activist uses of personal, non-professional images in different national, cultural, geographical contexts. We are particularly interested in examples from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South and Central America (comparative approaches, including with European and North American contexts, are also welcome).
• Holocaust-related commemorative practices and their influence on commemorative practices related to other instances of violence.
• Current, dominant private image-based commemorative practices in the Global South and how these reflect on the processes of witnessing and mediating pain, memory, trauma and history.
• Impact of “amateur”, domestic aesthetics and their relationship to authenticity.

2. Archival, curatorial and artistic practices (which will foreground the following themes):

• Definitions and re-definitions of the archive, with a focus on exploring the relationship between the private and the public.
• Archival and curatorial practices in the digital age.
• Private image use in artistic practice (film, photography, installation etc).
• The practical, methodological and ethical issues for researchers and artists documenting image-based commemorative practices.

3. After the digital turn (which will foreground the following questions):

• To what extent has the memorial ontology of the private image changed as a result of the proliferation of digital technologies?
• What are the implications – for both image and image owner – in the transition from personal archive to public digital sphere?
• How do issues of connectivity and access impact on the use of private images in the digital sphere?
• How is the digital integrated into the institutional use of private images and what are the implications?

4. Now and then: commemoration, activism and future directions? (which will foreground the following questions):

• What are the boundaries and relationships between image-based commemoration, activism and citizen journalism?
• What are the key issues and debates around privacy, ethics and appropriation in relation to the use of private images in digital commemorative practice (personal and institutional)?
• What might be the future directions of image-based commemoration in the Global South?

PARTICIPATION

We invite contributions to both the roundtable discussions and more traditional conference papers.

Roundtable Participation

If you would like to participate in the Roundtable discussions please send a 300-word expression of interest with a brief biography to Piotr Cieplak on [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by 9th July 2018.

Abstracts should include: a) a brief overview of how your research or practice work fits into the remit of the roundtables b) three key points you would like to include for consideration and discussion among other participants.

Traditional Papers

If you would like to submit a more traditional, 20-minute paper on any of the themes covered by the roundtables above please send an abstract of 300 words and a brief biography to Piotr Cieplak on [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by 9th July 2018.

We are particularly interested in hearing from early career researchers but abstracts from people at all stages of their career are welcome.

REGISTRATION

The symposium will be free to attend but you will need to register (details to follow) and the number of delegates will be limited. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days. A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available; details on application.

The call for participation/papers can also be accessed here:
http://www.warandmedia.org/photomemory/symposium/


FUNDERS
The symposium is funded by the British Academy and supported by the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.

Dr Piotr Cieplak
Lecturer in Filmmaking
School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex

Just published: Death, Image, Memory: Genocide in Rwanda and its Aftermath in Photography and Documentary Film<http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137579874>

New film: The Faces We Lost<https://vimeo.com/227386149> (2017)

Recent research projects:

PI: 'Personal archives of trauma and violence. Image and memory in the digital age – Argentina and Rwanda' (British Academy/Levehulme Trust, 2016-2018)

PI: "Public deaths, private archives: image-based commemoration and remembrance in Rwanda and the Global South' (British Academy, 2018-2019)





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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:43:19 +0100
From:    Les Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New Book: Spatial Anthropology

Dear all,

Apologies for cross-posting and self-promotion. Below are details of my
new book which may be of interest to some on the list.

Best wishes,

Les*
*

*
*

*
*

*SPATIAL ANTHROPOLOGY:*

*Excursions in Liminal Space*

Les Roberts (School of the Arts, University of Liverpool)


Hardback and Ebook: June 2018 / Paperback December 2019

Published by Rowman & Littlefield (Place, Memory, Affect series)

www.rowmaninternational.com/book/spatial_anthropology/3-156-debf2849-7e0a-435b-85fd-5e67a047631a
<http://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/spatial_anthropology/3-156-debf2849-7e0a-435b-85fd-5e67a047631a>


See preview here
<https://ws1.nbni.co.uk/widgets/page/5b2d0b6ff5ba7407e8543b09/0>

_
_

_CONTENTS_: Preface: in search of the north-west passage / Part I –
SPACINGS // /1. Spatial anthropology / 2. Of spaces in-between / Part 2
– SOUNDINGS/ / /3. Castaway / 4. Stalker / Part 3/ – /GHOSTINGS / 5.
Heterotopolis / 6. Songlines / 7. Necrogeography / Part 4 – EARTHINGS /
8/. /Reclamation / 9. Utopos/ // Afterword: killing space | giving life
to space


"If David Harvey once said that space is too important to be left to
geographers alone, here we have precisely the confirmation needed."

/Kay Anderson, Professorial Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture
and Society, Western Sydney University/


"Like Roberts’ recent writing this book pursues ideas through crossing
land in a flirtive manner; stories, other worldly sightings and
readings; [the chapter] ‘castaway’ being typically wayward. Unusual and
in a Sinclairesque manner, he opens up conceptually as he explores often
unfamiliar territory, appealing to a wide range of disciplines beyond
humanities with a style that works well."

/David Crouch, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Geography, University of
Derby/

/
/

"/Spatial Anthropology/ expertly defines a new expression of spatial
humanities and helpfully positions it as a field in-between disciplines.
Drawing upon insights from anthropology, Roberts’ rejects space as an
abstract container; rather, it is lived, practiced, and performed. Here,
space is material and dynamic, replete with meanings and memories that
shape who we are and how we navigate the world."

/David Bodenhamer, Executive Director of The Polis Center and Professor
of History, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis/

//

/
/

/Spatial Anthropology /draws together a number of interrelated strands
of research focused on landscape, place and cultural memory in the
north-west of England. At the core of the book lies an engagement with
the methodological opportunities offered by new interdisciplinary
frameworks of research and practice that have emerged in the wake of a
putative ‘spatial turn’ in arts and humanities scholarship in recent
years. The spatial methods explored in the book represent a
consolidation of site-specific interventions enacted in landscapes
located in the north-west and beyond. Utilising digital tools and
geospatial technologies alongside ethnographic, performative and
autoethnographic modes of spatio-cultural analysis, spatial anthropology
is presented as a geographically immersive and critically reflexive set
of practices designed to explore the embodied and increasingly
multi-faceted spatialities of place, mobility and memory. From the
radically placeless environment of a motorway traffic island, to the
‘affective archipelago’ of former cinema sites, or the ‘songlines’ and
micro-geographies of musical memory, /Spatial Anthropology /offers a
rich tapestry of landscapes, practices and spatial stories that speaks
to both the particularities of place and locality as well as the more
delocalised topographies of regional, national and global mobility.



--

Les Roberts (Dr)

Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies

Department of Communication and Media

School of the Arts

19 Abercromby Square

University of Liverpool

Liverpool. L69 7ZG. UK

tel: +44 151 794 3102

New book: /Spatial Anthropology: Excursions in Liminal Space/
<https://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/spatial_anthropology/3-156-debf2849-7e0a-435b-85fd-5e67a047631a>//

New journal special issue: /Spatial Bricolage/
<http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/spatial_bricolage>

www.liminoids.com/ <http://www.liminoids.com/>

www.liv.ac.uk/communication-and-media/staff/les-roberts/
<http://www.liv.ac.uk/communication-and-media/staff/les-roberts/>



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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 11:31:16 +0000
From:    "Shaw, Tony" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: Film, public diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

CALL FOR PAPERS

An international conference on "Film, public diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict: Historical and international perspectives" will be hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA on 16-18 October 2018. The conference is supported by the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee in Israel, the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), and at USC the Center on Public Diplomacy and Center for International Studies.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is seventy years old in 2018. Over the decades, a great many scholars and journalists have looked into the role that the news media have played in the conflict. By comparison, relatively few scholars have explored the part played by cinema. This conference focuses not only on film's part in the Arab-Israeli conflict but also on how film has interacted with public diplomacy and propaganda. The conference aims to go far beyond the examination of particular feature films and documentaries - though that is an essential dimension. It seeks to look "behind the scenes" to examine how governments and groups have used film as a publicity tool; to assess the role that actors, producers, agents and directors have played in the conflict both on and off the screen; and to consider cinema's political and cultural impact on the conflict.

Hollywood is obviously an important part of this story, and by holding the conference in Los Angeles we hope to involve contemporary filmmakers, diplomats and lobby organizations based in the city that are engaged in a variety of ways in the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the conference will look at how cinemas from different parts of the world have treated the Arab-Israeli conflict. This will enable comparative analysis and point to the part played by film in the international "war of images" that has surrounded the Arab-Israeli conflict since its inception.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals for papers from scholars of all fields, including History, Middle East studies, Israel studies, Public Diplomacy and Propaganda studies, International Affairs, Film studies, Literature, and the Social Sciences. Possible topics for panels and papers include but are not limited to:

  *   Key feature films and documentaries about the Arab-Israeli conflict
  *   Cinema's direct and oblique treatments of the conflict
  *   National film industries' different takes on the conflict
  *   Film activism
  *   Film celebrity off-screen activism
  *   Film as a public diplomacy and propaganda tool
  *   Cinema and censorship/boycotts
  *   Film and issues of image and Nation Brands

The working language of the conference will be English. We welcome individual proposals for 20-minute presentations, as well as 90-minute panels. Proposals for individual presentations should not exceed 300 words, while those for panels should be a maximum of 1000 words. All contributors should include a brief (250-300 word) autobiographical paragraph and the contributor's academic affiliation and email. All of this should be sent to Professor Tony Shaw at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2018.

Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2018.

Conference organizers:

  *   Professor Tony Shaw, University of Hertfordshire, UK [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
  *   Professor Nicholas Cull, University of Southern California, and President of the International Association for Media and History.
  *   Dr Giora Goodman, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel.




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Tony Shaw
Professor of Contemporary History
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield AL10 9AB
UK
Latest book: Cinematic Terror: A Global History of Terrorism on Film<https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cinematic-Terror-Global-History-Terrorism/dp/144119620X> (Bloomsbury)



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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 14:38:00 +0100
From:    Darren Kerr <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Lecturer Posts in Film Production

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below details of three film production lecturer posts we are currently advertising. The closing date is July 8th with interviews taking place July 18th for a September start.

Do drop me a line (see contact details below) if you would like to discuss the posts.

kind regards,
Darren.


We are looking to recruit three film production lecturers with experience of teaching in higher education and a proven track record in industry. You will play a key role in the delivery of the University’s highly regarded Film courses and will be required to demonstrate a sound knowledge of current trends in industry practice, educational expectations in H.E. and be willing to contribute to occasional extra-curricular activities.

The three posts are in cinematography, post production and fiction directing/single camera work.

It’s an exciting time to join the School of Media Arts and Technology as Solent’s media and film subject area was recently voted 15th in the country by The Guardian University Guide 2019. We continue to grow our provision into new curriculum areas, maintain local and national industry partnerships, develop our post-graduate offer and build our reputation for research and innovation.

Solent University is a modern University with an emphasis on social justice and the integration of theory and practice to offer real world learning informed by our research and knowledge exchange.  We received the maximum five stars for teaching and inclusivity in the 2017 QS world rankings, were ranked by the Economist as the 12th best British university for boosting graduate earnings and were recently awarded TEF silver.

The successful candidate will have a Masters degree and be willing to undertake doctoral study in a relevant area. You will be required to plan, prepare, deliver classes and assess students on a range of units within your expertise. You will also supervise undergraduate final major projects and contribute to the department’s culture of research, innovation and knowledge exchange activities.

Full details and how to apply can be found at https://recruitment.solent.ac.uk

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 16:05:11 +0100
From:    Palgrave Communications <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: New article collection launch: What Guns Mean: The Symbolic Lives of Firearms (Palgrave Macmillan)

New article collection launch: What Guns Mean: The Symbolic Lives of Firearms (Palgrave Macmillan)

https://www.nature.com/palcomms/for-authors/call-for-papers#guns

Palgrave Communications the open access journal from Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature), which publishes research across the humanities and social sciences, is pleased to announce the launch of a new research article collection (‘special issue’) on What Guns Mean: The Symbolic Lives of Firearms.

Editor:  Professor Jonathan M Metzl (Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society, Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)

Civilian-owned firearms are particular material objects whose public health implications garner increasing academic and public attention. After years of relative silence, many leading American public health organizations, medical groups, and research universities have now come out against the research blockade put in place by the so-called Dickey Amendment in 1996. Meanwhile, each successive mass shooting highlights the untenable tensions between public demand for expert knowledge to prevent gun death on the one hand, and a government actively engaged in squelching this exact expert knowledge on the other. In response, growing numbers of medical and public health journals publish research articles and special issues that address the health effects of guns and bullets.

To date, however, relatively little attention has been paid to larger questions of what guns mean, and how firearms emerge as powerful symbols whose connotations are shaped by history, politics, and culture. This article collection will explore these latter associations by looking in depth at guns as particular, and particularly charged, cultural and political symbols. Building on this journal’s commitment to foster, wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialogue, this collection aims to bring together work by humanists, social scientists, public health scholars, and other researchers and writers to address the complex meanings of firearms in ways that provide context for current political debates.

Quantitative, qualitative and investigative research from a range of disciplines is welcomed, including, but not restricted to, anthropology, cultural and media studies, history, literary studies, political science, sociology, public health and psychology.

The collection will consider questions and themes such as:

- How are guns represented in literature, art, film, or the media, and how do these representations provide deeper understanding of the contested politics of firearms?

-How does history deepen understandings of racialized, gendered, or socioeconomic associations tied to firearms? How might these histories and associations differ by geographical or global context?

- How can literary, cultural, or social scientific analysis complement or complicate public health approaches to reducing gun violence? Or deepen understanding of responses to mass shootings, particular gun laws or policies, or the divisive nature of the US corporate gun lobby?

- In what ways are gun “debates” symbolic of larger tensions or politics?

- How might literary, cultural, or social scientific approaches provide new modes of addressing the opinions and attitudes that people have about firearms and firearm policies, or provide better understandings of differing points of view?

- How should the disciplines of the humanities or social sciences or the media effectively engage with political debates about firearm policies? How might these perspectives complicate public-health frameworks surrounding guns?

- What lessons can global approaches to, or histories of, firearms impart to the United States? What conclusions can be drawn from research from beyond a US perspective?

- How might the NRA, perceptions of American gun culture, and reports about mass shootings shape global perceptions of the United States?

- In what ways might addressing firearms symbolically deepen conversations about the ‘sublime qualities’ of guns?

Article proposals should be submitted to the Editorial Office by October 1, 2018. Please send proposals to [log in to unmask] Full submissions can be submitted any time up until June 28, 2019. Full author guidelines can be found here (https://www.nature.com/palcomms/for-authors), and additional information on the journal's open access policy is here (https://www.nature.com/palcomms/about/openaccess).

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 16:12:34 +0100
From:    James Fenwick <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Understanding Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey - Book Launch and Symposium

 ​Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting.

I am delighted to announce that the edited collection *Understanding
Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
<https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5296/>* is now
available. The collection has been released to coincide with the 50th
anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's *2001: A Space Odyssey.*

There will be a launch event for the book at the *2001 *symposium
<https://deutsches-filminstitut.de/blog/kubricks-2001/>at the Deutsches
Filmmuseum in Frankfurt on 21 July 2018. The symposium is one of a series
of on-going events as part of the museum's official *2001* exhibition,
*Kubrick's
2001: 50 Years of A Space Odyssey.* <http://2001.deutsches-filmmuseum.de/> A
symposium timetable can be found below.

For more information about the edited collection, including how to order,
please click here
<https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5296/>.

All the best

James Fenwick



*Saturday 21**st** July 2018*



*12:00 Vincent Jaunas (Bordeaux)*

*A transhuman odyssey – technologically enhanced bodies in 2001: A Space
Odyssey*

followed by Q & A

followed by screening of Kubrick’s early shorts (*Day of the Fight*, *Flying
Padre*,* The Seafarers*), digital screenings



*14:00 James Fenwick (Leicester)*

*A Transmedia odyssey: Marvel Comics and the Expansion of the 2001: A Space
Odyssey Universe*

followed by book launch of “Understanding Kubrick’s 2001” (ed. by James
Fenwick)



*16:00 Filippo Ulivieri (Rome)*

Dr. Mabuse No. 2: An investigation into Kubrick’s mythological image

followed by Q& A

followed by book presentation of “Stanley Kubrick and Me: Thirty Years at
His Side” (Filippo Ulivieri together with Emilio D’Alessandro)


* Sunday 22**nd** July 2018*

*11:00 Marc Bonner (Cologne)*

Narrative Architecture – 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Impact on Computer Game
Interiors

followed by Q & A



*13:00 Simone Odino (Bologna)*

“I’m certain it will come out right in the hand”:

The Kubrick–Clarke collaboration on *2001: A Space Odyssey* and beyond

followed by Q & A



*17:00 Discussion*

Michael Günther: How Kubrick’s *2001* was dubbed into German (talk in
German)

followed by screening of

Stanley Kubrick: *2001: A Space Odyssey* (GB/US 1968)

German dubbed version

141 minutes, digital screening of the new 4k DCP


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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 16:25:34 +0100
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Subject: 'Media Amnesia: Rewriting the Economic Crisis', by Laura Basu

NEW FROM PLUTO PRESS:

Media Amnesia: Rewriting the Economic Crisis

By Laura Basu

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'A thoughtful and brilliant examination of how mainstream media have so
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democratic governance, or a sound economy ... Highly readable, Basu's book
should be required reading for faculty and students in media departments,
as well as economics and political science’ – Robert McChesney

'To understand the 'rewriting' of the crisis capitalism brought upon us
read this book. The author reveals the full iniquity of the media
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From Donald Trump, to Brexit and the resurgence of the far-right across
Europe, what role has the media played in shaping our current political
moment?

Following the news coverage of a decade-long crisis that includes the 2008
financial crash and the Great Recession, mounting public debt, the eurozone
crisis, austerity and rising inequality, we see that coverage is suffering
from an acute amnesia about the policies that caused the crisis in the
first place. Rather than remembering its roots in the dynamics of ‘free
market’ capitalism, the media remains devoted to a narrative of swollen
public sectors, out-of-control immigration and benefits cheats. How has
history been so quickly rewritten, and what does this mean for attempts to
solve the economic problems?

Going behind the coverage, to decode the workings of media power, Basu
shows that without a rejection of neoliberal capitalism we’ll be stuck in
an infinite cycle of crisis.

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Laura Basu is a research fellow in the Media & Communications Department at
Goldsmiths, University of London, and at the Institute for Cultural
Inquiry, Utrecht University. She is the editor of The Media and Austerity
(Routledge, 2018).

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 15:26:28 +0000
From:    Einar Thorsen <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Position as professor in musicology at Aarhus University

** On behalf of Kristian Mørch Abell, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> **

The department of Dramaturgy and Musicology, Aarhus University (Denmark), is right now offering a position as professor in musicology (broadly conceived as music studies).
We are interested in attracting a broad, international field of candidates, and we hope that you will help us communicate the advertisement to relevant persons in your network at MeCCSA.

Here is the link to vacant position: http://www.au.dk/en/about/vacant-positions/scientific-positions/stillinger/Vacancy/show/980855/5283/

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 17:34:05 +0100
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Subject: Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic, by Paul A. Silverstein

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Postcolonial France: Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic

By Paul A. Silverstein

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work reveals the deep roots of the colonial relations that persist in the
republic. Yet vivid portraits of outspoken activists and artists strike a
surprisingly hopeful note in this indispensable study'

- Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Oxford,
Author of Being Jewish and Doing Justice

'In this sweeping and erudite account, Paul Silverstein takes us a hundred
years back to the colonial days before bringing us forward to the current
era of La Haine, La Fouine, Zidane and Charlie Hebdo ... a terrific
introduction to French youth culture and the republic's unfinished struggle
for egalité'

-Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth
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France is a bellwether for the postcolonial anxieties and populist politics
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dilemmas of the present moment of crisis and hope in France, through an
exploration of recent moral panics.

Taking stock of the tensions as they have emerged over the last quarter of
a century, Paul Silverstein looks at urban racial violence, female Islamic
dress and male public prayer, anti-system gangster rap, and sporting
performances in and around which debates over France's multicultural future
have arisen. It traces these conflicts to the unresolved tensions of an
imperial project, the present-day effects of which are still felt by many.

Despite the barriers, which include neo-nationalist racism and
Islamophobia, French citizens of various backgrounds have found ways to
build flourishing lives. Silverstein shows how they have responded to urban
marginalisation, police violence and institutional discrimination in
remarkably creative ways.

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Paul Silverstein is Professor of Anthropology at Reed College, Oregon, USA.
He is author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation (Indiana
UP, 2004). He writes on identity politics, postcoloniality, and diasporic
popular culture in France and North Africa.

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 18:25:00 +0100
From:    Darren Kerr <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Screening Sexual Violence

Dear Colleagues,

For those interested:

screeningsex.com - Call for Contributions: Screening Sexual Violence

The BBFC are currently in the process of consulting with the public about film classification guidelines in order to review those previously published in 2014 and issue new guidelines in early 2019. In his recent keynote address at the annual 'How safe are our children?' NSPCC conference, BBFC director David Austin shared some initial results of the current consultation and suggested that the revised guidelines would likely become stricter in order to reflect the increased public concern about scenes of rape and sexual violence.

We are seeking short (1000-2000 words) articles, interviews, discussions, video essays or other content - for Aug 1st - that address the politics of sexual violence as it relates to the screen and screen cultures in the current social, political and cultural climate.

We are also looking for people willing to respond to the new BBFC report once published.

For more information or any questions do contact us, join our network and take a look at the range of work on the blog.

best,
Darren Kerr and Dr. Donna Peberdy

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Screening Sex is an academic blog that publishes short research articles, interviews, book extracts and reviews related to sex on screen and sexual cultures. With an international network of over fifty members and having recently become a BAFTSS SIG we continue to encourage a broad range of critical, contextual and cultural methodologies to sex on screen, drawing on cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research as well as encouraging intersectional observations and approaches. Alongside analytical considerations of representational strategies, we also welcome work that examines the approaches and changes encountered in industry practice, production techniques, as well as changing modes of exhibition and new strategies of distribution. We would also like to engage with and support the work of creative practitioners, visual artists and filmmakers exploring sex on screen in various styles, forms and approaches.

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 18:31:46 +0000
From:    Nina Mickwitz <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: TRANSITIONS 8 - new directions in comics studies

CALL FOR PAPERS: TRANSITIONS 8 –new directions in comics studies 2018
BIRKBECK COLLEGE LONDON Saturday 10th November 2018

After a year’s hiatus we are delighted to announce this call for papers for the interdisciplinary Transitions 2018 symposium. Originally convened by PhD students in 2010, Transitions at Birkbeck College is a platform for emerging research that is free to attend and participate in.

This event is focused towards postgraduate and early career speakers, and usually draws a diverse crowd of both new and more established researchers, as well as creators, aficionados and other interested parties. Our aim is to build connections between comics scholars working in diverse academic departments and contexts, to provide a platform for productive debate, and to create a space from which further collaborations can emerge.

Key note speaker: Dr Maggie Gray (Kingston University, London), author of Alan Moore, Out from the Underground: Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent (Palgrave 2017)
Respondent: Professor Roger Sabin (University of the Arts London)

Rather than adopting a narrow theme, the shape and identity of the programme will emerge from the submitted papers. We thus welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers, or pre-constituted panels of three, on topics including (but not limited to):

  *   Comics, comix, comic strips, graphic novels, manga, manhwa, bande dessinée

  *   superheroes, adventure, war, horror, fantasy, crime, romance, humour & other genres; documentary/historical/journalistic comics, autobiographical/biographical modes, graphic medicine

  *   politics of representation in comics, formal approaches, transgressive comics, educational and didactic comics, comics for young adults & children

  *   readers and fandoms, creators, comics & the law, publishing histories, web-comics & comics exhibitions, transnational circulation, political economy of comics
You can apply by email to  [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
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The deadline for submissions is Friday August 24th 2018. We aim to notify applicants by Monday September 17th.

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Date:    Wed, 4 Jul 2018 20:04:34 +0100
From:    Olga Goriunova <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: PhD scholarship in AI, personalisation and narratives at Royal Holloway

*Royal Holloway University of London, Departments: Media Arts, School of
Management*

PhD scholarship



*‘Persons, people and personalisation: Understanding subjectivity through
AI’*



Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship on Artificial
Intelligence (AI), personalisation and narratives at Royal Holloway,
University of London, in partnership with a range of commercial firms
(covering AI, media content production and gaming platforms). This award,
tenable for three years and covering both fees and an enhanced maintenance
grant, is made by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership under the
National Productivity Investment Fund Partnership Award scheme. The
project, due to begin on the 1stof September 2018 or as soon as possible
thereafter, will be supervised by Dr Olga Goriunova (Media Arts) and
Professor Mark Lycett (School of Management).



*The Project*



AI-driven personalisation offers a clear opportunity for creative
industries to more effectively engage audiences. But personalisation is
reliant on profiles created from individual and collective data, raising
questions as to what gaps exist between the models and human experience.
This project will partner with world-leading media and AI firms to
understand how such personalisation can be effectively and ethically
exploited in story experiences to generate greater audience engagement. It
addresses a clear creative industries business challenge with clear
commercial returns.

Living human beings generate data that both individually and collectively
feed the profile-creation and various other methods through which machine
learning techniques personalise content. This raises several interesting
research questions, such as:

   - How are living human beings mapped onto the profiles and personas used
   for personalisation?
   - How effective (or constraining) is that mapping process?
   - What ‘gaps’ exist between the AI ‘models’ of the human experience and
   the actual experiences of those humans when they receive their personalised
   content?

Consequently, this PhD focuses on such questions, covering the techniques
of personalisation both in terms of machine learning innovation and their
cultural effects, to the practical ones, on how specific audiences respond
to personalised content. The overall aim of the project is to understand
how effectively a ‘subjectivity’ modelled by AI works with human
experiences, conceptually, technologically, ethically, and in terms of
personalised cultural content.

The methodology for this project will draw ondigital and cultural theory,
ethics, audience research and Design Science Research (DSR). Using mixed
methods is the most fitting approach for an interdisciplinary PhD.  DSR
will be especially useful in that it partners critical/theoretical
reflection with a practical approach to delivering value to our partner via
its: (a) iterative nature, promoting continuous learning between problems
and solutions; (b) focus on utility, ensuring that the outcomes are of
practical economic benefit; (c) ability to both integrate theory from
reference disciplines and generate new theory via the design process; and
(d) focus on improving a knowledge base via reflection on practice and
generation of innovation.



*The Student*



The successful candidate will sit between two departments (Media Arts and
School of Management) as part of the new Centre for Digital Creativity,
working collaboratively with our industrial partners. We anticipate that
this will include at least 9 months of work at a collaborator site over the
tenure of the project. A good grasp of machine learning techniques is
necessary, to further research on how those techniques ‘construct’ persons
and audiences – thus, the successful candidate will be qualified to a level
that demonstrates knowledge of both supervised and unsupervised machine
learning techniques and their application in the context of
personalisation. Ideally, this knowledge will be partnered with a critical
cultural training, perhaps in fields, such as philosophy, ethics, social,
media, digital and cultural theory or software studies – such that a
critical perspective is brought to the work.



*The Studentship*

The studentship includes a stipend of £16,777 (plus fees at home/EU rates)
for three years.  There is an additional NPIF stipend of £550 per year to
facilitate engagement with the Partner, and students can apply for an
additional six months stipend to engage in extended development activities
such as work placements.

As a TECHNE student, the successful candidate will have full access to the
TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking
opportunities, joining a cohort of about 50 students per year from across
seven universities in London and the south-east. TECHNE students can apply
for additional funding to support individual or group training and
development activities.

Applicants must meet the UK/EU residency requirements as described Annex 1
of the ‘Research Council Training Grant Guide ’ and comply with the other
Training Grant  conditions set out there and in the ‘Terms and Conditions
of Training Grants’   Both documents are available at;
https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/grant-terms-and-conditions/
.

AHRC Techne Doctoral Training Consortium

*http://www.techne.ac.uk/ <http://www.techne.ac.uk/>*



*Further Information and How to Apply*

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a
beautiful, leafy campus and within commuting distance from London. The
successful applicant should be prepared to spend significant time on
secondment with industry partners.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Olga Goriunova
at *[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>*and Professor
Mark Lycett at *[log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>*



*How to Apply*

Applicants should submit the following to Dr Olga Goriunova
at [log in to unmask] later than *10 August 2017*: (1) A two-page
curriculum vitae, including contact details of one academic referee; (2) a
1 to 2 page letter outlining their qualification for the studentship; and
(3) a writing sample if such is available.

*Interviews: *Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Monday,
*20August*. Shortlisted
candidates will be required to make a 10-minute presentation to a group of
staff on their proposed take on this project.

Interviews are scheduled to be held at Royal Holloway on *28 August 2017*.



*The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages
applications from all sections of the community.*



Olga Goriunova

Reader in Digital Culture
Director of Research
Media Arts
Royal Holloway University of London
Arts Building, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
Tel: +44 (0)1784 443734


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