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News Archive from Media, Film and Communication

News archive from Media, Film and Communication.

The algorithmic subject: The neo-liberal apparatus and the social media technology of power

Friday, 20 October 2017 - R6N4
Drawing on Foucault, the research shows that neo-liberalism has a varied and, at times, contradictory relationship with social media platforms.

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Big Data goes to the movies: Reshaping cinema studies

Friday, 29 September 2017
Every discipline has a metaphorical geography that delineates the shape and course of its intellectual itineraries. Cinema Studies is no exception. In reflecting on the ways in which our scholarly explorations might be experienced as expressions of, and interactions with, surfaces, spaces, situations and speeds we might ask, what are the particular perspectives and projections that delineate our paths to knowledge. And more importantly, how might they be reshaped.

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Teenage History, Popular Media and the 'Scrapbook Self'

Friday, 15 September 2017
Associate Professor Chris Brickell, Gender Studies, University of Otago

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Screenwriting Research Network Conference

Monday, 28 August 2017
In 2017 the annual international conference on screenwriting research will be hosted and organised by the Department of Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand, in partnership with the New Zealand Writers Guild.

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White Noise of Desire

Friday, 25 August 2017
This paper considers two related propositions, which are interrogated as part of the Lacanian struggle for subjective articulation. The first proposition is that information and communication technologies retain their autonomy beyond the subject and the second is that such technologies are a product of their storage and containment.

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OUSA Art Week: Art as a political tool

Monday, 14 August 2017 - Castle 2
University of Otago

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Flags Die Harder than Men

Thursday, 13 July 2017 - Richardson 6N4
This presentation explores portrayals of the American Civil War (1861-1865) in the dominant television primetime genre of the early 1960s, the western.

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International screenwriters drawn to Dunedin for conference

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:29am

Some of the most prolific and central figures of the New Zealand film industry have been attracted to the country’s first international conference dedicated to screenwriting, being held at the University of Otago.

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Analysing Pleasure: A Symposium

Friday, 21 April 2017
CANCELLED - Analysing Pleasure: A Symposium - Masterclass with Professor Richard Dyer

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The Hyper-Imaginary: Images that escape their frame, or, the Optics of the end of the world

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 - Moot Court
Ciara / Colin Cremin is a critical theorist who teaches sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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“Security, Race, Biopower” Book Launch

Friday, 31 March 2017 - Pequeño Lounge Bar, 50 Princes St, opposite Rialto Cinema
Come celebrate the launch of “Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality”, a new collection from Palgrave MacMillan, edited by Dr Holly Randell-Moon and Ryan Tippet from the University of Otago’s Department of Media, Film and Communication.

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Security, Race, Biopower: Talks on Technology and Corporeality

Thursday, 30 March 2017 - St David Seminar Room 5, University of Otago
This seminar features three speakers on their research contributions to the edited collection, Security, Race, Biopower: Essays on Technology and Corporeality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

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Disentangling Race: Re-narrating apartheid sport?

Friday, 24 March 2017 - Richardson 6N4
This presentation involves a search for interracial entanglements in South African sporrt and considers how these experiences may be narrated.

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Disentangling Race: Re-narrating apartheid sport?

Friday, 24 March 2017 3:54pm

This presentation involves a search for interracial entanglements in South African sporrt and considers how these experiences may be narrated.

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The New Research on Horror conference

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
New Research on Horror is an interdisciplinary conference that will encompass a range of issues that will illuminate the current state of the genre and the current state of research on the subject.

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Nietzschean Killers Meet Feminist Cop: Murder by Numbers and the Storying of Leopold and Loeb

Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:30am

This seminar examines the group of films based on the story of Nathan F. Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, whose joint kidnap and murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in Chicago on May 21, 1924 was famously dubbed the ‘crime of the century’.

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Screenwriting Research Network Conference

Sunday, 28 August 2016 10:36am

In 2017 the annual international conference on screenwriting research will be hosted and organised by the Department of Media, Film, and Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Otago alumnus receives prestigious MEA award

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 1:42pm

Dr David Paterno, who gained his PhD at Otago in 2015, has received a prestigious Media Ecology Association (MEA) award for his PhD thesis.

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2015 MFCO 300-level Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners

Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:39am

MFCO rewards top 300-level essays ...

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From Reality to the Dream

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:36pm

Himiona Grace
Friday 31 July at 11:00am
Richardson 6N4
From Reality to the Dream is an open discussion about film making, from small story to big screen.

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Family Portraits

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:26pm

Family Portraits: telling rainbow stories through comic style narratives

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ANZCA conference, Queenstown, July 2015

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 4:16pm

MFCO lecturer, Dr Michael Bourk and Donald Matheson from the University of Canterbury are co-convening the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association's 2015 conference titled Rethinking Communication, Place and Identity.

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Dr Davinia Thornley’s book launch

Thursday, 2 July 2015 11:15am

A celebration was held recently to launch Dr Davinia Thornley’s book, 'Cinema, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Criticism: Filming on an Uneven Field', published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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MFCO Student Winners

Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:33am

The strategic communication activities of local community organisations were on display in a student competition at the Dunedin Council Chambers last night.

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Colonial Attritions: State Violence and Social Forgetting symposium

Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:41am

The Postcolonial Studies Research Network and the Department of Media, Film and Communication (University of Otago) present:
Colonial Attritions: State Violence and Social Forgetting symposium, 5 August 2015
Keynote Speaker: Professor Sherene Razack (University of Toronto)

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HoD to chair young writers’ panel

Thursday, 28 May 2015 4:28pm

NZ Young Writers Festival

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Mobilizing Māori identity: cultural capital and expatriate “portable personhood”

Thursday, 7 May 2015 8:48am

Article by Davinia Thornley - Mobilizing Māori identity: cultural capital and expatriate “portable personhood”

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Amira Hass: Reporting from the front line in Palestine

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - Castle 1, University of Otago campus
Public lecture by award-winning Israeli journalist Amira Hass.  Wednesday April 29, 6 p.m., Castle 1. 

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And Where Do We Go Next?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

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Cinema and Post-Disaster Public Space

Friday, 13 March 2015 3:27pm

Cinema and Post-Disaster Public Space

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Latest papers for 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015 1:20pm

Writing for the Media and Digital Asia

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Need help choosing papers?

Sunday, 8 February 2015 11:03am

There are MFCO academic advisers available to help you choose papers for 2015.

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MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

Thursday, 18 December 2014 2:19pm

MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

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Essay Competition Awards

Thursday, 13 November 2014 9:01am

Winners of this year's Essay Competition

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Screenwriting Research Network International Conference 2017

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:31am

The Department of Media, Film and Communication is bidding to host the annual international conference on screenwriting research in 2017 at the University of Otago in Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Staff Publication: Edward Said: Intellectual Cultural Critic, Activist

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:53am

Edward Said: Intellectual Cultural Critic, Activist

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Staff Publication: States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:54am

States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology

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Latest Staff Publications - Holly Randell-Moon

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:51pm

The latest issue of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies is out

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Constructing Frames: Goffman, Bateson, and Frame Analysis as a Neglected Part of Social Construction Theory

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:30am

Internationally respected scholar, Professor Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, will be presenting on frame analysis on Friday 21 March at 4:00 in R6N4.

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Off-Screen Time: Cinematic temporalities and medium specificity

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - ISB Cen 1  (Library, 1st floor near the lifts)
Associate Professor Daniel Morgan discusses time in film

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Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: the End of the Open Internet - 30 January-1 February 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 12:05pm

The Inaugural conference of the Digital Humanities Otago Research Group "Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: the end of the open internet" was hosted by the MFCO department 30 January-1 February 2014.

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Environments, Spaces and Transformations Conference, 5-6 June 2014

Friday, 10 January 2014 9:03am

The inaugural MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference, Environments, Spaces and Transformations, will be held on Thursday 5th - Friday 6th June 2014. 

Keynote speakers:  Dr Fiona Allon, University of Sydney and Dr Vijay Devadas, University of Otago.

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Cultures of Capitalism

Friday, 6 December 2013 11:37am

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland), Professor Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Professor Wendy Larner (University of Victoria, Wellington).

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2013 MFCO 300-level Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners

Friday, 1 November 2013 12:41pm

MFCO rewards top 300-level essays ...

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Environments, Spaces and Transformations: Inaugural MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference
5-6 June 2014

Friday, 1 November 2013 12:30pm



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Special Olympics 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:05am

Anumber of MFCO students have been awarded interships with the Special Olympics 2013

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2014 BAFTSS award given to Associate Professor Catherine Fowler

Friday, 1 November 2013 4:22pm

Associate Professor Catherine Fowler was awarded a prize in the recent 2014 BAFTSS award ceremony

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2015 papers

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:22am

New papers for 2015

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400 level dissertation hand in

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:11am

Congratulations to the 2013 400 level students for a successful year, culminating in the submission of their dissertations

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Indian Cinema Conference 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:11am

The Centenary of Indian Cinema Conference was held in Dunedin on 3-4 October 2013.  It was a thoroughly successful event and a good opportunity to share ideas and research opportunities with colleagues.

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Indian Cinema Conference Media Coverage

Thursday, 24 October 2013 9:05am

MFCO and the New Zealand India Research Institute (NZIRI) recently hosted a conference to celebrate the centenary of cinema in india.  The event attracted a wide group of experts in their respective fields and caught the attention of the local news media.

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MFCO student wins video competition

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 4:23pm

MFCO student Will Prosor has won the 2013 Humanities Student Phone Video competition. 

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MFCO High Schools Open Day

Friday, 27 September 2013 4:11pm

The Department of Media, Film and Communication will be hosting an Open Day for interested High School students.
Staff and current students will give presentations about the department and the topics studied. 
All welcome!

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MFCO 219 Broadcast and News Media

Friday, 27 September 2013 11:48am

Summer School at MFCO will be HOT!
This topical 200-level paper will have you thinking about the news and media that surrounds us.

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Sri Lankans still coming to terms with Boxing Day Tsunami: Otago research

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 9:19am

Six years after the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated coastal communities throughout South East Asia, survivors in southern Sri Lanka still struggle to make sense of the tragedy, according to new research by Dr Michael Bourk at the University of Otago.

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Internet access helping to arrest rural decline

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 8:57am

The Government’s rural broadband initiatives are likely to be very important for rural Otago communities, according to a recent survey conducted by Professor Geoff Kearsley from Otago University’s Department of Media, Film and Communication.

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Melodrama and the exile feminine sensibility: refugee audiences in the British Empire after 1933

Tuesday, 7 December 2010 at 5:15pm - Castle C Lecture Theatre 
Open lecture by Professor Erica Carter, Professor of German and Director of Research in the Department of German Studies, University of Warwick.