PhD scholarships: Internet-distributed television and platform governance

Photo of Mark Zuckerberg with mediaInternet-distributed television: Cultural, industrial and policy dynamics

Supervisor: Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham (s.cunningham@qut.edu.au)

This project investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand platforms on national television markets. As U.S.-based services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video open up these markets to unprecedented competition, the project will provide much-needed comparative analysis of how governments are responding and what the implications are for debates about local content, local screen production, and media diversity. Analysis of original production and programming strategies will identify new forms of transnational media flow. Conceptually, the project aims to advance our understanding of an emerging paradigm of globalising, multiterritory television.

The PhD project sits within a wider Australian Research Council-funded project (conducted by Ramon Lobato (RMIT University), Amanda Lotz and Stuart Cunningham (QUT)). You are invited to propose an area of focus, for example, on a particular streaming service, institution, national context, production practice, policy issue.

The Platform Governance Project: Rethinking Internet regulation as media policy

Supervisor: Professor Terry Flew (t.flew@qut.edu.au)

The Platform Governance Project is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project that investigates the regulatory and policy implications of understanding global digital platforms as media companies. Responding to ongoing public concern about these companies’ self-management of online communication and social media, this project will address these concerns by developing detailed recommendation for reform based on international case studies, enabling media policy makers to more effectively regulate digital media platforms to better align with contemporary public interest rationales. As part of a research a team led by Professor Terry Flew (QUT), and working with Nicolas Suzor (QUT), Fiona Martin (Sydney) and Tim Dwyer (Sydney), the PhD candidate will conduct research on the changing political economy of digital platforms, the value ecology of content distributed online through these platforms, and the shifting relationship of media and communications policy to such challenges. It would be advantageous to have a research background in media and creative industries, and an interest in media law and policy.

Applications must contain the following:

  1. A two page research proposal demonstrating alignment to the selected project including proposed project title, project outline, research question or problem statement, a brief overview of previous relevant research, objectives of the program of research and investigation, research methods/methodologies and plan including references to key literature/contextual sources.
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae including three referees (two referees must be academic).
  3. Academic Transcripts from previous undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Applications close midnight (ADST) Friday 25th January 2019.

Applicants will be notified of outcome by Friday 15th February 2019.

Applications are to be sent as a single pdf to the QUT Digital Media Research Centre Coordinator at dmrc@qut.edu.au

For further information about the projects please contact the listed project supervisor directly via email.

Eligibility 

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study no later than July 2019 and enrol full-time
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the aims of either the Internet-distributed television or Platform Governance Project
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

For more follow the link – https://research.qut.edu.au/dmrc/research-training/phd-scholarships-internet-distributed-television-and-platform-governance/?fbclid=IwAR0D06_6gFzx3C82nQPeQbsGxGyDkf6Yg6vX338itlfGq0LRfoUzieOhLkg

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Call for chapters – Routledge Companion to TV News

Calling all researchers of TV news making! Chapters are invited for the
new Routledge Companion to TV News – an edited volume aiming to collate
recent research of the making of TV news.
Deadline for submitting your chapter is Thursday the 10^th of January.
Submissions should be no more than 200-250 words. Submit your chapter
idea to Line Hassall Thomsen at: LHT@cc.au.dk <mailto:LHT@cc.au.dk>.

The book is under contract with Routledge, to be published end of 2019
in the Routledge Companions series –
https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Companions/book-series/ROUTCOMPS

The book is edited by Line Hassall Thomsen (Aarhus University, Denmark.

At a time where TV news is struggling and changing like never before,
this book will take readers through an impressive range of essays on the
current state and practices of TV news making today. The Routledge
Companion to TV News Making aims to be a seminal reference source for
the rapidly changing field of TV news. This book aims to bring a
multi-facetted perspective to current debates on TV news and news making
today. It is the hope that this companion will bring a new perspective
to the field of TV news studies, mixing the everyday reality of TV news
work with analysis from a varied range of academic disciplines. This
approach will be shaped by new analysis from international writers of
multiple disciplines welcoming theories from both politics, media
studies, communications, sociology and anthropology.

*BOOK THEMES*:
We are very much looking forward to your submission. Possible themes
could suit, but are not limited to these following themes:

*PART I: THE HISTORY OF TV NEWS*

This section will cover both the history of broadcasting, the history of
public service broadcasting. Discussions will include how broadcasters
once enjoyed a monopoly on news, much different to today when news is
available on a plethora of broadcasters, media and platforms.

*PART II: DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO STUDYING THE MAKING OF TV NEWS*

This section will introduce a range of different approaches to studying
TV news making.

*PART III: CENTRAL ISSUES*

This section gives an insight into some of the most central issues in
the study of TV news making today. Concepts of democracy and the public
sphere will be central categories of analysis.**

**

*PART IV: **EMERGING TRENDS*

Among others, this section will introduce some of the main discussions
on multiskilling journalism and the use of social media for broadcast
news today. The section will also devote space to focus on how
journalists perceive current changes and how this influences workflows.

*PART V: TV NEWS-MAKING AROUND THE WORLD *
This section will provide a global perspective to current debate of TV
news making. As may be shown, TV news still plays a crucial part in
nation building, democracy and local governance around the world.

*PART VI: DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF TV NEWS *
So, will TV news survive? Is this a time of apocalypse or opportunity
for Broadcast news? No doubt the role of TV news is rapidly changing.
Where will TV news making be in ten years? And what exactly will the
Internet and the increased demand for using social media mean to TV
news? This section will attempt at answering some of these, and many
more questions facing TV journalism makers and TV news researchers today.

Funded PHD Studentships in Sport, Media & Gender

The Media group in the Faculty of Arts Design and Social Sciences is
currently inviting applications for fully-funded doctoral studentships
in the field of *Sport, Media and Gender* to join our PhD programme at
Northumbria University through the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium.

For details and to apply (deadline: 9th January 2019), please visit the
Northumbria University website
<https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/studentships/nbc-dtp/>.

*Project Title: *New approaches to the study of representations of
sportswomen and/or femininity in British sports media

*Project Rationale and Description:*
The development of rigorous, theoretically informed explanations of the
meanings, effects and practices of the sports media’s construction of
femininity has a long history dating back to the 1970s. However, there
are contemporary challenges to our understanding of the role and
influence of sports media in the representation of gendered identity,
not least due to the recent scale and pace of technological change in
the media such as, for example, the advent of social media as well as
the emergence of new forms of femininity such as the “pretty and
powerful” third wave female athlete. Both these phenomena have
significantly altered the ways in which sports media representations of
femininity are produced, disseminated and interpreted.
The aim of this project is to investigate the contemporary
socio-cultural construction of female identity in the sports sector
through the representations of female athletes and/or female
non-athletes in the coverage of men’s sport. It can draw on
inter-disciplinary conceptual approaches and theoretical tools
(including, but not limited to, sociology, cultural studies, human
geography and politics), and can encompass discussion of British
print/broadcast/online sports media, so long as it has been created
within the last decade (approximately).
The nature of this project is that it is open to a wide variety of
approaches. Possible topics could include, but are certainly not limited
to, the following:

* The gendered context of sports media industries
* Sports media representation of female non-athletes
* Sports media, gender and race
* The impact of social media on female athletes’ self-representation
* The impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in sports media
* Inclusive and exclusive framing of trans athletes
* Representations of Muslim sportswomen and femininity
* Gender-marking within sports marketing
*

This PhD studentship is based within the Department of Social Sciences
at Northumbria University. Potential applicants are advised to identify
a potential supervisor to work with in formulating their application,
and to ensure that the ‘fit’ between the proposed project and the
research context and environment at Northumbria University is clearly
articulated.

Enquiries can be made to Roger Domeneghetti
(roger.domeneghetti@northumbria.ac.uk
<mailto:roger.domeneghetti@northumbria.ac.uk>).
The deadline for applications for October 2019 entry is *9 January 2019
(5pm) *but it is important to make contact as soon as possible.
For further details, please visit:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/studentships/nbc-dtp/

Chapter Submissions – Deconstructing Images of the Global South through Media Representations and Communication

*Introduction*

Human conditions have over the years, phenomenally improved in all parts
of the globe including in less developed countries. As noted by authors
such as Easterlin (2000), Green (2012), Rodrik (2013). the UNO (2017)
and OECD (2018), this remarkable revolution in human conditions –
manifested by the fact that most people are better clothed, educated,
fed and housed compared to their predecessors two centuries back – has
so far not only touched the west. In effect, it has remarkably spread to
less developed countries in Africa, South America and Asia as seen in
the fact that the three above cited continents are today home to some
emerging economies notably China, India and Brazil among others. In
tandem with this, Rodrik (2013) insightfully notes that the tremendous
growth witnessed by less developed nations during these last decades has
made it commonplace for observers to refer to them (the developing
countries) as the “savior of the world economy” (p.2). Rodrik further
contends that, from 2005 to 2012, less developed countries actually saw
their economies expanding at an unprecedented rate, leading to large
reduction of extreme poverty and expansion of the middle class. During
this period, the differential between the growth rate of developing and
developed countries expanded to more than 5 percentage points due partly
to a decline in the economic performance of most developed countries. In
the same line of thought, Green (2012) reviews the economic successes of
less developed African countries such as Botswana and Mauritius. He
notes that Botswana has been Africa’s most enduring success story. Its
per capita income has phenomenally risen a thousand fold since
independence, making it “the world’s fastest-growing economy in three
decades” (p. 159).

If scores of economists (notably the ones cited above) have underscored
and predicted levels of economic growth in various developing and
under-developed countries, only few critics have devoted serious
attention to international media representations of this growth. Thus, a
myriad of questions pertaining to local and international media’s
attention to economic growth in developing and poor countries continues
to beg for attention. Some of these questions include: how have economic
dynamics in poor and developing countries been reported by the global
media? Has the purported economic growth witnessed in these countries
affected international media coverage of the global south?Has such an
economic growth been “adequately” represented in the media coverage of
poor and developing countries? Have the western media (particularly the
ones based in developed countries) continued to represent developing and
poor countries along negative stereotypes? Are there any concrete
evidence of change in the way the international media treat news events
occurring in poor and developing countries? Are media houses (in Africa,
Asia or South America) really making efforts to counter or deconstruct
western media representations of the global south? How can one compare
western and non-western media representations of the global south?

There is no need to overlook the fact that a number of media scholars
has attempted to answer some of the above mentioned questions. However,
there continues to be a lack of consensus as to whether local and
foreign media have shaped their representations of the global south
according to, or with sufficient consideration of this economic growth.
A good number of scholars from developing and poor countries continue to
be of the persuasion that, in spite of the various indexes of growth and
improved human conditions in the less developed world, the global media
(particularly western media) have arguably persisted in the old age
tradition of representing under-developed and poor countries dominantly
in a negative light (Adichie, 2009; Bunce, Franks & Peterson, 2016;
Iqani, 2016; Lugo-Ocando, 2015; Nworah 2006). Such critics claim that
the economic successes of less developed countries are mostly overlooked
by foreign media houses in favor of multiple negativities plaguing their
countries. Only the negative news about Africa, South East Asia, the
Middle East and South America actually seems to attract the attention of
the foreign media. One thus has the impression that the less developed
world continues to be dominantly portrayed in foreign media as places
plagued by political instability, backwardness/primitivism, tribal
anarchy, corruption, bad governance, civil wars, deadly pandemics,
hunger and droughts and extreme poverty among others (Nworah, 2006).

Although popular in countries of the global south, the above mentioned
position or narrative has largely remained a myth and/or a veritable
food for thought. There is still a need to research foreign media
portrayals of the less developed world to confidently ascertain the
veracity of such a myth. This book aims at examining the extent to which
this belief holds waters.

*Objectives*

This book is aimed at providing different perspectives on global media’s
representation of (development and economic growth in) developing and
poor countries. These perspectives may be historical, religious,
socio-cultural and political among others. The book equally seeks to
explore such representations in diverse media notably cinema,
television, games, magazines, comics, photojournalism, advertising and
online platforms among others.

*Target Audience*

The target audience of this book will consist of students, scholars,
media practitioners, policy makers, international relation experts,
politicians and other professionals in representation research.

*Recommended Topics*

·Global media coverage of poverty, war, natural catastrophe and
elections in the global south

·Aid organizations, media and the global south

·Portrayal of African, Asian or South American politicians in the
western media

·Fake news and the representation of poor countries in the global media

·Western media representation of democratization in the global south

·International politics, diplomacy and media representations of the
global south

·Covering poverty and epidemics as a way of shaming under developed
countries

·Western media representation of primitivism in poor countries

·Pan-Africanism and African media representation of African countries

·Cultural affirmation and the deconstruction of negative image of the
global south

·Representation of emerging economies in the western media

·American capitalism /vs/ African communalism western media

·Western /vs/ non-western media representation of the global south (case
studies are encouraged here)

·Audiences perceptions of media representations of poor and developing
countries

·Representation of the global south on online platforms and advertising

*Submission Procedure*

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before
February 14, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly
explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.
Authors will be notified by February 29, 2019 about the status of their
proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be
submitted by May 15, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the
guidelines for manuscript submissions at
http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/
prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve
as reviewers for this project. Note: There are no submission or
acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication,
Networked Business Models in the Circular Economy. All manuscripts are
accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process. All
proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online
submission manager.

Submit your proposal online at
https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/3607

*Note*: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts
submitted to this book publication:

*Important Dates*

February 14, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline

February 28, 2019: Notification of Acceptance

May 15, 2019: Full Chapter Submission

July 13, 2019: Review Results Returned

August 24, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification

September 7, 2019: Final Chapter Submission.

*References*

Bunce, M., Franks, S. & Peterson, C. (2016/). Africa’s media images in
the 21^st century. From the “heart of darkness” to “Africa rising”./ New
York: Routledge.

Easterlin, R.A. (2000). The worldwide standard of living since 1800.
/Journal of Economic Perspectives/, 14(1), 7-26.

Green, D. (2012). /From poverty to power. How active citizens and
effective states can change the world/. Warwickshire: Practical Action
Publishing/Oxfam House.

Iqani M. (2016). “/Consumption, media and the global south/, New York:
MacMillan.

Lugo-Ocando, J. (2015). /Blaming the victim: How global journalism fails
those in poverty/. London: Pluto Press.

Nworah, U. (2006). Branding Nigeria’s cities. /Advertising News/, 2(1),
16-31.

OECD (2018). /Economic outlook for southeast Asia, China and India:
Fostering growth through digitization/, Paris: OECD.

Rodrik, D. (2013). /The past, present and future of economic growth/.
London: Global Citizen Foundation.

United Nations Organization (2017). /The sustainable development goal
report 2017/. New York: UNO

*Editor’s Contact:*

Floribert Patrick C. Endong, Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival
Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

floribertendong@yahoo.com <mailto:floribertendong@yahoo.com>

CFP SAS 2019 – 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference – Amination is a Place

We are proud to announce that Lusofona University in Lisbon will host the 31st Edition of the Society for Animation Studies Conference.

SAS holds an annual conference at a different international location each year. The upcoming Annual Conference will be held June 17-21, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

For over a century, the art of the moving image has captured and reconstructed our surroundings, simultaneously reassuring and questioning our perception(s) of the real.

Under the theme ANIMATION IS A PLACE , the 31st SAS conference aims to celebrate animation as one of the most vital contemporary forms of visual expression.

We invite practitioners and scholars to address animation as a privileged space within the realm of the moving image, a unique position that allows animators to not only create imaginary worlds but also, importantly, to look at and challenge the world we live in.

Although we welcome submissions on any topic within the field of Animation Studies, this year we particularly welcome a focus on animation practice and theory as a reflection of its time and place, as a tool of cultural expression, and invite proposals to respond to a wide range of topics:

The Impact Of Geography And/Or Cultural Identity On Animation Production

Independent Animation: Case Studies

Globalisation and The Rise Of International Co-Productions: A Platform To Sustain Small Industries Or A Homogenizing Agent Of Aesthetics And Content?

Teaching And Learning: An Education In Animation And Animation In Education

Spatial Constructions: Animation, Architecture, And Place

Expanded Animation, Beyond The Screen: Public Space, Installation,
Exhibition…

Practice-Based Animation Research

Documentary Animation

Animation As Therapy

Animation And Gender, Gendered Geographies

Sonic Landscapes – Sound And Composition In Animation

Cross-Disciplinary And Interdisciplinary Approaches To Animation,
Including Sociological And Anthropological Perspectives

We also inform that the call for papers is already open. All interested
individuals should submit the abstract to:
https://congressos.leading.pt/geral/inserirresumo.aspx?evento=56&formulario=128&lingua=en-GB,
*the deadline is December 21st 2018. *

Proposals will be blind reviewed by a panel of SAS members, and
acceptance will be announced by the end of January, 2019. Please be
aware that spaces for presentations are limited. Late proposals will not
be considered until all other proposals have been read. Late proposals
and non-members of SAS at the time of submission will be given lower
consideration.

You will need to be a fully paid member of the SAS to present at the
conference, but you can submit a proposal for consideration even if you
are not currently a member.

Membership/renewal in the Society for Animation Studies for 2019 is
mandatory for all conference presenters.
For more information on the Society, go to www.animationstudies.org

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Call for (re)presentations: FILMIC FORMS AND PRACTICES OF AUTOCHTHONOUS STRUGGLES. Paris, February 27-28, April 8-9, May 2-3, 2019, La Fémis / PSL Research University

Call for (re)presentations

These three colloquia set out to bring together filmmakers, activists, and researchers to discuss the use of film and media technologies in the social movements of autochthonous populations. In the company of those involved in these communities and social movements, our aim is to map the film and media forms and practices employed within recent and ongoing autochthonous struggles. These exchanges will investigate the different situations and experiences that produce these filmic forms, their vernacular histories and roles within these political and social movements of resistance. The colloquia are organized under the auspices of the research project “For a Global Study of Filmic Practices within Autochthonous Struggles,” lead by Nicole Brenez at the French national film school La Fémis and funded by PSL Research University’s Global Studies initiative.

 

We are looking for proposals for both presentations that fit the more traditional academic format of a 20-minute talk, but also experimental forms. The latter can entail media works or performance pieces, presented and/or performed either in person or submitted to the organizers to be screened/played (video, sound recording) or as notes and directions to be interpreted by the bodies and voices of those present at the events. The proposals for presentations and experimental forms should follow the themes of one of the following events.

 

#1: Autochthonous Cinema against Occupations [North America]

February 27-28, 2019, with

– Alanis Obomsawin (filmmaker and musician)

– Myron Dewey (filmmaker and activist, Digital Smoke Signals)

– Sky Hopinka (filmmaker and visual artist)

 

#2: A Long View on Colonizing Practices and their Amnesia [Pacific/West Indies]

April 8-9, 2019, with:

– John Gianvito (filmmaker and professor at Emerson College)

– Myrla Baldonado (activist, Pilipino Workers Center)

 

#3: Autochthonous Futures, Our Future [Oceania/North America]

May 2-3, 2019, with:

– Karrabing Film Collective (artist and activist collective)

– Lisa Rave (filmmaker and visual artist)

– Erik Blinderman (filmmaker and visual artist)

 

 

The research project and its central concerns

 

Collectively, we aim to create a space for the study and promotion of the role and forms of filmic and media practices, enlisted during times of adversity when the effects of global processes intersect with the lives of indigenous and rural communities.

These autochthonous communities – their identity and ways of life embedded in deep historical and cultural bonds to their lands – are often the first in line to bear witness, suffer and endure political disenfranchisement, state violence, economic exploitation, pollution and contamination of lands and living beings, environmental injustice, expropriation, and displacement. Behind these experiences and instances of plight are large-scale ecological, macroeconomic, and geopolitical processes, which take decades or centuries to play out, encompass continents, and whose origins are largely human. An environmental catastrophe, a negative economic development, or a series of hostile political decisions can lead to situations of intense distress and struggle where autochthonous communities need to mobilize in order to ensure their existence and protect their environment. During these times of conflict, they require tools to frame and render tangible the impacts of global processes. In creating and employing compelling figurative and representational forms, the communities can make their voices heard and raise awareness about their causes, allowing them to reach society at large, which bears a great share of responsibility in begetting and sustaining large-scale processes. Since the 1960s, many of these communities have made use of various media practices as a way to document and engage with the struggles they are involved in.

We are interested in studying how the act of image and sound making becomes a part of the dynamic of the struggle; what effect do the filmic and media practices have on the course of the struggle; how are the figurative and representational forms conceived and adapted to the particular situation; in what ways does the community participate in or influence the process of devising these forms; how are the works lent a historical depth, given a sense of the larger processes at work, while also conveying the urgency of the situation; how and where are the resulting works distributed and what is their effect both within the community and outside?

 

 

Colloquia

 

Colloquium #1 – Autochthonous Cinema against Occupations [North America]

This first meeting will examine the filmic tactics developed by the autochthonous resistance movements in response to land spoliations and the extraction and transportation projects of the mining and petroleum industry. In their masterclasses, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin of the Abenaki nation, activist and videographer Myron Dewey of the Newe-Numah and Paiute-Shoshone nations, and filmmaker Sky Hopinka of the Ho-Chunk and Pechanga nations, will reflect on the confrontations between autochthonous communities and armed forces in Oka, in 1990, and at Standing Rock, between 2015 and 2017. Both the Oka Crisis and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at once lay bare the willingness of the government to forcefully deprive the autochthonous communities of their rights and demonstrate how employing filmic practices and media tactics allows the communities to represent themselves and their plight. The proposals for this section could focus on filmic practices developed during these ongoing struggles or on the diversity of filmic forms related to intertribal and pan-Amerindian political movements in North America.

 

Colloquium #2 – A Long View on Colonizing Practices and their Amnesia [Pacific/West Indies]

These two days will be dedicated to the constitution of a first cartography and chronology of filmic practices that document the ongoing autochthonous struggles in the regions historically marked by the colonial influence and practices of the United States. Collective amnesia regarding the colonial history of the Philippines will be the starting point of this colloquium. Filmmaker and professor of visual and media arts at Emerson College, John Gianvito will discuss the films where he explores the political and visual history of American imperialism. Activist Myrla Baldonado, one of the founders of the NGO People’s Task Force for Bases Clean-Up (PTFBC) in the Philippines, will present the history of collective local and international mobilizations against the U.S. military bases Clark and Subic. The conversation will then be extended to all contemporary autochthonous struggles in the Pacific and the West Indies: Okinawa, Micronesia, Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico. We are inviting proposals that will take an empirical or historical (from 1980 to today) perspective on those issues. Special attention will be given to proposals dealing with social mobilizations against American bases, on filmic practices of contemporary environmental struggles in the Pacific or Caribbean regions, as well as on insurgent movements in the southern Philippines.

 

Colloquium #3 – Autochthonous Futures, Our Future [Oceania/North America]

During this last meeting, we will reflect on the filmic, collective, and essayistic forms that represent the present-day experiences of autochthonous communities in contexts marked by the contamination of ancestral lands and the displacement of populations, and that also explore and employ alternative narratives, forms of history, and ideas of coexistence. Karrabing Film Collective will present its work borne of its community in Northern Australia, and filmmakers Lisa Rave and Erik Blinderman will talk about their investigation on Yucca Mountain, a Western Shoshone territory in Nevada, which has been the subject of a continuous colonization process since the Ruby Valley Treaty in 1863. As part of this discussion – extended to the autochthonous peoples of Oceania and North America – the proposals could consider filmic forms that document the intensive exploitation of natural resources and the threats it poses to both autochthonous and all of our futures. Presentations exploring filmic forms that incorporate the ideas of uchronia, utopia, and futurism will be appreciated.

 

 

Two forms of presentation

 

Our wish is to include in our discussions all possible voices. Therefore, this call is open to both academics and non-academics alike, to those who either study the issues related to this research project or those who are involved in and touched by the experiences of struggle. We thus welcome contributions that follow a traditional 20-minute academic presentation but also proposals for experimental forms where the author(s) have a wide range of means to convey ideas and experiences.

 

Academic presentations

Besides exploring the issues articulated above, or discussing the work of one of the invited filmmakers or collectives, the academic presentations may address one or several of the following themes:

– Histories of filmic practices. A study of the practices and/or legacies (archival or other) of an individual filmmaker or an activist collective.

– Empirical and ethnographic study of filmmaking, exhibition, and reception practices.

– Issues and forms of ‘visual sovereignty’ (Michelle Raheja). Ethics of shooting, decision making processes relative to what and when can or cannot be represented (e.g. ceremonial rituals, behind-the-scenes deliberations).

– Technical autonomy and technological sovereignty. Filmmaking and media production in situations marked by digital divide and in the conditions of surveillance and tracking across content and social media platforms.

– Financing and distribution of films. Government funding, aboriginal media and television stations, self-financing, and the impact of these forms of production on filmmaking and the autonomy of the filmmakers.

– Appropriation and adaptation of film and media technologies. Studies on past and “new ways to indigenizing film and technology through Indigenous Eyes” (Myron Dewey).

– The historicity of images and their ability to capture the evolving conditions of autochthonous struggles. The capacity of films at once to document the urgency (occurrences of state violence) and to construct in the long run the vernacular memories of autochthonous struggles.

– Sonic ecology of struggles. Oral histories, chants and protest songs in films.

– Uchronia, utopia, futurism. The futures and alternative realities – imagined, forgotten, or reinvented by the filmic practices of autochthonous struggles.

 

Experimental forms 

We invite proposals for experimental forms that can be constituted of media works (e.g. moving image, sound), involve a performance (e.g. monologue, dialogue, reenactment, dramatization). To encourage and facilitate the participation of those who are unable to travel to Paris, we also welcome proposals for performative forms that could be staged and directed from a distance following notes submitted by the author(s). For the latter, the author(s) would have at their disposal the bodies and voices of the organizers and participants of the colloquia and the entire space where the event takes place (depending on the day, a movie theater, a conference room).

The piece can last up to 20 minutes. The authors can use the language of their choice while the non-English works should be accompanied by an English translation. Thematically, the authors have complete freedom in their proposals as long as they touch upon the central concerns of this research project and follow the regional boundaries of one the three colloquia. For works to be directed from a distance, the organizers commit to discuss the directions/staging beforehand and, if necessary, organize a rehearsal. The performative forms could be filmed/recorded by the organizers following the authors’ instructions and within the technical means at our disposal. The unedited rushes will then be sent to the authors who can freely archive, edit, or distribute these materials.

The proposals for experimental forms should specify:

– the form of the piece (sound recording, video, dialogue…);

– the technical and/or human means necessary for the production of the piece (number of participants, props, technical requirements for the presentation of sound and moving images…);

– a 300-word summary of the performance/stage piece;

– if applicable, indications as to the recording and possible uses of the materials.

The authors should be aware of the aforementioned constraints, the specificity of the resources at their disposal, adapt their works to them accordingly, and keep in mind the importance of notations and instructions to be included with their final work if it is to be directed from a distance.

In order to ensure that the work be presented in the best possible conditions the final work should be received by the organizers at the latest three weeks before the event.

 

 

Calendar and Practical Questions

Please submit your proposal before December 1, 2018, to: alopai@hotmail.com and larcherj@hotmail.fr. The proposals should specify the chosen colloquium, the presentation’s format (performance / video / academic presentation, etc.), include a summary of the academic presentation (500 words) or the experimental form (300 words), a short biographical note, and, if applicable, the human and/or technical means necessary for the production/presentation of the work. The participants will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018, and the final program will be published on January 20, 2019. We are unfortunately unable to provide financial aid, the participants will assume transportation and accommodation expenses. For any questions regarding the presentations please write to the email addresses above.

 

 

Organizing committee 

– Nicole Brenez (La Fémis / Sorbonne Nouvelle)
– Daniel Cefaï (EHESS)
– Giovanni Careri (EHESS)
– Jonathan Larcher (EHESS)
– Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS)
– Ricardo Matos Cabo (Independent film programmer)
– Alo Paistik (EHESS)
– Perrine Poupin (EHESS)
– Caroline San Martin (La Fémis)
– Skaya Siku (Academia Senica)
– Marko Tocilovac (EHESS)
– Barbara Turquier (La Fémis)
– Eric Wittersheim (EHESS)

Fully AHRC funded PhD positions at School of Media, Univ. of Brighton

The School of Media at the University of Brighton is seeking applicants
for Techne Doctoral awards fully funded by the AHRC
Supervision for PhD research, is offered in the following areas:

·       Digital Media
·       Data Culture
·       Environmental Communication
·       Game Studies
·       Community Media
·       Screen Cultures
·       Digital Transformations
·       Media Practice
·       Photography
·       Film Studies
·       Sound Studies and Music
·       Gender and Sexuality
·       Digital Humanities
·       Cultural Informatics
·       Creative Industries
·       Mobility and Transport
·       Activism
·       Popular Culture
·       Immersive Media/AR/VR
·       Creative Media
·       Innovation

We are also interested in Candidates for PhDs by Practice.

For more about the School of Media, please see:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us/academic-departments/school-of-media.aspx
and
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/programme-areas/media-and-communication.aspx

For more about the technē  2019 scheme, please see
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/dtp-ahrc-techne.aspx

For further information please contact Janet Anderson  at
J.Delve@Brighton.ac.uk