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News Archive from Media, Film and Communication

News archive from Media, Film and Communication.

Four generations through Otago's doors

Monday, 16 May 2022 2:05pm

Graduation is a special time and a rite of passage for many. Even more so when a family celebrates the first direct fourth-generation graduate woman to pass through Otago’s doors.

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The power of none: New book explores childfree perspectives

Thursday, 31 March 2022 4:21pm

Ahead of its launch next month, editor Dr Davinia Thornley (Media, Film and Communication) discusses "Childfree across the Disciplines: Academic and Activist Perspectives on Not Choosing Children" 

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The suprising substance behind a selfie

Thursday, 10 February 2022 1:56pm

When enrolling for Summer School papers, you might not think to go searching for one on selfies, but that’s exactly what could be found on offer this year.

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Otago announces Professorial promotions for 2022

Monday, 22 November 2021 10:28am

Twenty-eight University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Contagious Communication: A Historical Perspective

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 - BURN4, Arts Building, Albany Street, Dunedin
Dr Heidi Tworek, University of British Columbia, will explore how ways of communicating disease in the twentieth century can inform new ways of communicating Covid today.

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Research seminar

Tuesday, 17 August 2021 - BURN4, Arts Building, University of Otago, Dunedin
Seminar on 'The transitional spectator: into the liminal spaces of post-cinema' by Dr Maud Ceuterick, a senior lecturer in Film and Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway.

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Media, Film and Communication Seminar: “Public Understanding of Ignorance as Critical Science Literacy”

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 - Arts Building, BURN4, University of Otago, Dunedin
Dr Fabien Medvecky of The Centre for Science Communication discusses how, despite its common perception as a negative trait, ignorance is a complex and essential part of the scientific process and its communication.

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Why we should tax international aviation seminar with Professor Elisabeth Ellis

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 - Burns 4, Ground Floor
Arts Building
95 Albany Street
University of Otago
Dunedin

Join us for this seminar with Professor Elisabeth Ellis

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This Is Not Reality (Ceci n'est pas la réalité): Capturing the Imagination of the People

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 - Seminar Room 8, Central Library (second floor), Dunedin
Professor Paola Voci investigates how documentary has (re)presented subaltern creativity in post-socialist China.

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Second award for Space museum research 

Thursday, 11 March 2021 3:34pm

Media, Film and Communication Associate Professor Hugh Slotten is looking forward to boldly researching where he’s gone before; the Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 

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Can't Get You Out Of My Head: Power Politics & the Films of Adam Curtis (A Panel Discussion)

Thursday, 4 March 2021 - Online via Zoom
Adam Curtis is one of the pre-eminent documentary film-makers of our time. This panel features speakers from UK, USA and Otago.

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The Posthuman as Genre

Thursday, 9 May 2019 - Richardson 6N4

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Reparative Aesthetics

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 - Room 6N4, 6th Floor, Richardson Building, Dunedin Campus

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Pussy Riot: Art, Protest & Power

Saturday, 16 March 2019 - Castle 1

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Foucault and the Politics of Language Today - Mark Kelly (Western Sydney University)

Thursday, 28 February 2019 - Burns 1 Lecture theatre, Arts Building
Media, Film and Communication are kicking off our research seminar series for 2019 with a talk be Mark Kelly (Western Sydney University) on “Foucault and the Politics of Language Today”, Burns / Arts 1, 4pm 28th February.

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Performing Ecologies Conference

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - Allen Hall Theatre and Orokonui Ecosanctuary
An interdisciplinary conference organised by the Performance of the Real Research Theme.

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Gay Hawkins: Making animals public – the ABC and televisual animality

Monday, 15 October 2018 - Moot Court, Richardson Building
This paper draws on a major research project done in partnership with the ABC investigating their animal archive.

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Panel discussion on 'Frankenstein' and screening of 'Bride of Frankenstein'

Thursday, 4 October 2018
Join us for a panel discussion about Mary Shelley's famous novel, and a screening of the 1935 film 'Bride of Frankenstein'.

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Framing Frankenstein: Mary Shelley and the monster after 200 years

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 - Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building
Professor Susan Lederer considers the ways in which the Frankenstein framework has infused both medical and popular discussions from the late 19th century to the present.

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Sean Phelan: Friedrich Hayek and the 'social justice warrior'

Friday, 14 September 2018 - Richardson Building, 6th Floor, R6N4
Come along and hear SEAN PHELAN (Massey University) talk on “Friedrich Hayek and the “social justice warrior”” at 4pm 14th September 2018 in R6N4

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Mari Ruti: What is the universal - between Lacan and affect

Friday, 3 August 2018 - R6N4
6th floor, Richardson Building

 Mari Ruti (University of Toronto) discusses the notion of the 'universal' drawing on Lacanian psychoanalysis as a way of engaging with the so-called 'affective turn' in the humanities.

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Mari Ruti: Queer theory between negativity and flourishing

Thursday, 2 August 2018 - R6N4, 6th floor, Richardson Building
A public lecture on the intersections between Queer theory and critical thought by Mari Ruti (University of Toronto)

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On the Anthropocene

Monday, 30 July 2018 - R6N4, 6th floor, Richardson Building
Join us for a discussion on the anthropocene and its intersections with philosophy, arts and critical media studies. Featuring a keynote from Chris Russill (Carleton University)

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Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls

Saturday, 30 June 2018 - University of Otago, Dunedin
Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls is an academic and activist conference that addresses contemporary geographical and cultural practices premised on the construction and maintenance of walls, fences, barriers, and borders of all kinds. The conference is scheduled to take place on 30 June-1 July 2018, at the University of Otago.

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Gaming, VR & Empathy

Friday, 25 May 2018 - Richardson Building, R6N4
Amanda Faye Martin (Otago)

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Indigenous social, cultural and political engagements on social media

Friday, 27 April 2018 - Richardson 6N4
*CANCELLED* - Challenging the stereotypical notion that Indigenous people do not engage with modern technology, this presentation explores how platforms such as Facebook and Twitter present a ‘new frontier’ for Indigenous activists.

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The most feminist show on television’?: The Fall, The Female Detective and Contemporary TV Crime Drama

Monday, 23 April 2018 - Richardson 6N4
This paper will examine the reception of the widely celebrated UK crime series The Fall (BBC, 2013- 2017), asking what it may suggest about the state of play for women in TV crime drama in today’s
postfeminist culture.

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Between Thriller and Comedy: Divided Belfast in Contemporary Film

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 - R6N4, Richardson Building, University of Otago - 85 Albany Street
Professor Stephanie Schwerter, Professor of Anglophone Literature, University of Valenciennes, France

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Cultures of Capitalism

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - Massey University, Wellington Campus
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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Screenwriting Research Network Conference

Friday, 1 December 2017
We are hosting the 9th OERC Symposium on 26 November, 2015 at Arana College. Call for abstracts and details will be announced soon.

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Laurie J. Ouellette: Fake President: Telemorphosis and the performance of grotesque sovereignty

Thursday, 23 November 2017 - Richardson Building, 6th Floor, North, Room 4 (R6N4)

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Kim Toffoletti: Sexy surfers, selfies, and social media – Encounters with Jean Baudrillard, Postfeminism and Post-truth

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - Richardson, 6th Floor, North, Room 4 (R6N4)

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Mediating the Real 2: Mediations in a 'post-truth' era

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - Richardson Building, 6th Floor, North, room 4 (R6N4), Dunedin campus
This conference asks and unpacks the interactions of (post) truth, the 'real' and contemporary media.

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Will the real racist please stand up?

Friday, 3 November 2017 - Richardson 6N4
This presentation build son critiques of post-racialism and use Charles Mills’ concept of white ignorance, to demonstrate how the disavowal of race in the Spanish context is related to a form of colonial amnesia.

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Screening the stage: Actresses and acting in France from Theatre to Silent Cinema

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - Richardson Building, R6N6
Victoria Duckett is a lecturer in Screen and the Director of Entertainment Production at Deakin University. She has published extensively on actresses, archives and early film. Her book, Seeing Sarah Bernhardt: Performance and Silent Film (University of Illinois Press, 2015) was named a 2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. This year, she was awarded a Harry Ransom Center Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum (University of Exeter) International Stipend.

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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 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 - Richardson 6N4
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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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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Department of Media, Film & Communication Studies: A Workshop for Media Studies Teachers

Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 6th Floor, Richardson Building, Central region of the Dunedin campus, University of Otago
Do you teach Media Studies at NCEA?  Join the Department of Media, Film & Communication Studies: A Workshop for Media Studies Teachers

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Programming Perceptions

Friday, 30 September 2016 - Richardson 6N4
Dr Kirsten Stevens is the author of Australian Film Festivals:Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture (forthcoming 2016). Her work explores the development and operation of film festivals and related film culture activities in Australia, with a particular interest in interrogating how activities intersect with issues and practices in specialist cinema exhibition, distribution and reception.

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Misha Kavka: ‘Return to Real Time: Temporal Elasticity and the “Spread-Event”’

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - Richardson Building, R6N4
Misha Kavka Keynote: ‘Return to Real Time: Temporal Elasticity and the “Spread-Event”’

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Mediating the Real

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 - Castle C and D
Keynote speakers: Misha Kavka (The University of Auckland); Allen Meek (Massey University) & Agon Hamza (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts). This conference addresses what the ‘Real’ might mean in contemporary media studies.

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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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Indigenous biopolitics

Friday, 12 August 2016 - Burns 2 Lecture Theatre
Professor Brendan Hokowhitu PhD
Dean/Te Amokapua, Faculty of Māori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato

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Science Communication and Epistemic Justice

Friday, 29 July 2016 - Richardson R6N4
Dr Fabien Medvecky
University of Otago

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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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Revisiting Audiences: Reception, Identity, Technology

Thursday, 9 June 2016 - Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand
Second MFCO Early Career-Graduate Conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand

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Stolen identities, stolen opportunities: The psychological impact of stereotypes on Indigenous peoples

Sunday, 8 May 2016 - Burns 2 lecture theatre
Associate Professor Stephanie Fryberg from the University of Washington presents six studies that examine the impact of both stereotypic representations, such as American Indian mascots, and invisibility for the psychological well being of Indigenous and White students.  This is one of the keynote addresses in the Space, Race, Bodies II conference. 

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Hongihongia te whewheia - Know your enemy

Saturday, 7 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
In this talk, Tame Iti discusses the concept of enemies (whewheia), and how they are both internal and external to communities.  He will also focus on how they are dealt with and understood, "If you don't know your enemy, you're in a dire state".

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The compassion deficit: The new war against asylum

Saturday, 7 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
Drawing on her refugee camp reportage along the Thai-Myanmar border and Sydney's Villawood detention centre, journalist Tracey Barnett will examine this rapidly emerging new war on asylum - and New Zealand's response to it.

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Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and migration in a carceral age

Friday, 6 May 2016 - University of Otago
Space, Race, Bodies II: Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age is an academic and activist conference featuring workshops that address the intersections of criminal justice movements around the incarceration of migrants and communities of colour and Indigenous sovereign movements. SRB II builds on the momentum and opportunities enabled by the first Space, Race, Bodies conference in publicising and disseminating scholarship and activism on the intersections between geography, racism and racialisation.

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The Price of Peace public screening with Tame Iti

Thursday, 5 May 2016 - Burns Lecture Theatre 2
The Space, Race, Bodies II conference will feature a public screening of The Price of Peace (2015) on Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. in the Burns Lecture Theatre 2.  Directed by investigative journalist Kim Webby, The Price of Peace is an enlightening and moving portrait of Tuhoe activist, artist and kaumatua Tame Iti, one of the keynote speakers of the conference.  The film will be followed by a Q & A session with Tame Iti.

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Us and Them - Film Screening

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 - Richardson 6N4
Us & Them: Korean Indie Rock in a K-Pop World (co-produced by Stephen Epstein & Timothy Tangherlini)

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Read my lips: Tracing the politics of the same-sex kiss

Friday, 15 April 2016 - Richardson 6N4
From kiss-ins protesting anti-gay legislation, to couples celebrating marriage equality, the same-sex kiss is repeatedly politicised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics as a marker of social tolerance, and an agent for social change.

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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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trans/forming feminisms: media, technology, identity - 23-25 November 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015
This conference explores the intersections between contemporary feminist movements, spatial politics and activism, in terms of ('new') mediated representations. Confirmed keynotes include Dr Anja Kanngeiser (Goldsmiths, London) and we anticipate a diverse group of delegates including academics, creative practitioners and activists.

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Vampire Optics

Friday, 25 September 2015 - Richardson 6N4
Dr Allan Cameron of the University of Auckland's paper focuses on the cinematic vampire's special relationship to light, and the ways in which this has paralleled visual technologies from celluloid to digital imaging.

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New coordinates for the Documentary genre

Friday, 14 August 2015 - Richardson 6N4
Along 120 years of existence, documentary had adapted to many different circumstances.  In this seminar Assocate Professor Bienvenido León, from the University of Navarra, will illustrate how the documentary genre has evolved, in order to adapt to changing environments.

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Screening of the film India's Daughter followed by Q & A with director

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - Moot Court, 10th floor of the Richardson Building
The film is the story of a brutal gang rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student in Delhi in December 2012.   The rape by 6 men on a moving bus, and the woman's death, sparked unprecedented protests and riots throughout India. 

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Marking the body as placeless: Memorialising colonial power

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 - Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
An open lecture by Professor Sherene H. Razack, Social Justice education, (OISE/UT), University of Toronto.

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From Reality to the Dream

Friday, 31 July 2015 - Richardson 6N4
From Reality to the Dream is an open discussion about film making, from small story to big screen.

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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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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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Book Launch: Davinia Thornley - Cinema, Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Criticism

Friday, 17 April 2015
Dr Davinia Thornley has recently had a book published Cinema, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and Criticism: Filming on an Uneven Field by Palgrave Macmillan. We will be celebrating this achievement with a book launch on 17th April 2015, at the Rialto Theatre function room between 5.30 and 7.30pm

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Dispossession, appropriation and resistance to coal mining in Chhattisgarh

Thursday, 16 April 2015 - Archway 3 lecture theatre
A public lecture by Associate Professor Devleena Ghosh (University of Technology, Sydney), Archway 3, Thursday April 16, 5.15 p.m.

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And where do we go next?: Some current and future fields of research in Media Culture and Media Economy

Thursday, 19 March 2015 - Richardson 7N10
Dr Juergen Mueller explores economizations of media transformations, focusing on Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'.

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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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Staff Publication: Rosemary Overell - 'Brutal Belonging in Other Spaces'

Monday, 19 January 2015
Dr. Rosemary Overell has published a chapter on transnational touring cultures in the Japanese and Australian grindcore metal scenes for the edited collection Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives

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MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

Thursday, 18 December 2014 2:19pm

MFCO December Graduation Morning Tea

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Staff Publication: Davinia Thornley - Playing with Land Issues: Subversive Hybridity in The Price of Milk

Sunday, 14 December 2014
Dr Davinia Thornley has recently published a chapter on subversive hybridity in Harry Sinclair's film The Price of Milk.

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Space, Race, Bodies: Key Concept Masterclasses

Thursday, 11 December 2014
Key concept masterclasses with Professor Joseph Pugliese, Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva and Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru.

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The ‘Right’ to Maim: Disablement, Palestine, and Disaster Capitalism

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building.
An open lecture by Associate Professor Jasbir K. Puar, Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers University.

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Troubled Space: Tensions in indigenous and colonial notions of national space

Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building
An open lecture by Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law, University of Otago.

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Otherwise that Analogy: The paralogous relations of transgender, ethnicity, and color in regimes of biopolitical racialization

Monday, 8 December 2014 - Burns 2
An open lecture by Associate Professor Susan Stryker, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona.

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Death by metadata and its transliteration to flesh

Monday, 8 December 2014 - Burns 2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building
An open lecture by Professor Joseph Pugliese, Research Director, Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University.

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Space, Race, Bodies: Geocorpographies of the City, Nation and Empire

Monday, 8 December 2014

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From Al-Andalus to Palestine: A decolonial historical analysis of racism and colonialism in modernity

Monday, 24 November 2014 - Room RN64, Richardson Building
A Masterclass with Assistant Professor Roberto D. Hernandez, San Diego State University.

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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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Reflections on Intersections of Media Studies and Sports Studies

Monday, 13 October 2014 - Richardson 6N4

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Affective Intensities in Extreme Music Scenes Book Launch

Friday, 10 October 2014 - None Gallery 24 Stafford Street Dunedin Central
Rosemary’s book will be launched at None Gallery, 24 Stafford Street, Dunedin, 6pm on 10th October 2014. The launch will feature a full set by Dunedin crusty band MACHINA REX.

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Movement Through Time and Space

Friday, 26 September 2014 - R6N4
Hear Dr Olga Solovieva from the University of Chicago speak on Dersu Uzala and Japanese cinema

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(Mis) representing Climate Change: too much hot air, not enough action

Friday, 8 August 2014 - R6N4, sixth floor of the Richardson Building
The filmmakers of Hot Air and the Director of Energy Studies discuss the politics and mis-representations of climate change.  Friday 8th August, 5 - 6.30 p.m., R6N4 on the sixth floor of the Richardson Building

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Copycat Bollywood: Where it is not plagiarism

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - R6N4 - MFCO Department Seminar room on the 6th floor of the Richardson Building
Professor Anjali Gera Roy, in association with the New Zealand India Research Institute and the Department of Media, Film and Communication.

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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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Environments, Spaces and Transformations

Thursday, 5 June 2014 - Richardson 6N4
This interdisciplinary conference invites papers addressing the shifting relations between environments, spaces and their transformations.

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music / media / politics symposium

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - Richardson Building 6N4
Popular music is one of the key cultural sites for contemporary political struggle. In the media, we see rock songs and stars harnessed by politicians in order to gain credibility with demographics and the antics of pop stars generate public discussion on issues such as gender, race, class and sexuality.

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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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Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: The End of the Open Internet. Conference Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2014

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - University of Otago, Castle 1 and Library
Engaged, cross-disciplinary and critical dialogue regarding the intensification of control and policing of internet usage.

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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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2015 papers

Friday, 1 November 2013 10:22am

New papers for 2015

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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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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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2013 MFCO 300-level Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners

Friday, 1 November 2013 12:41pm

MFCO rewards top 300-level essays ...

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

Friday, 1 November 2013 12:30pm



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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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MFCO student wins video competition

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 4:14pm

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

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Centenary of Indian Cinema Conference

Friday, 4 October 2013 - Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum
A celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema.  This two day conference is hosted by the Department of Media, Film and Communication in association with the New Zealand India Research Institute. 

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Edward W. Said: Public Intellectual, Cultural Critic, Activist

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin Campus, Richardson Building, 6th Floor, Room 6N4.
A One-Day Symposioum on Edward W. Said: public intellectual, cultural critic, activist. 

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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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MFCO 113 Screen Production: Light, Sound, Motion.

Friday, 27 September 2013 3:47pm

Summer School at MFCO will be HOT!
Learn studio production skills in this intensive course.

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Standards of Imaging: Vantage point on and generator of media change

Thursday, 29 August 2013 - Richardson 6N4
Professor Tom O'Regan examines the evolving standards of TV imaging, sound and presentation

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Entrancing Media: Social science, contagious communication and collective mediated worlds

Friday, 16 August 2013 - R6N4
Dr John Farnsworth examines trance states and media technologies.

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Setting up the Tent Embassy

Monday, 15 July 2013 - Richardson 6N4
This paper will examine how the media and officials dealt with Aboriginal 'protestors' at the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in early 2012.

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Research Seminar 01: Intermediations

Friday, 31 May 2013 - Richardson 6N4
The Department of Media Film and Communication is proud to host Research Seminar 01: Intermediations, with guests Professor Kirsten Moana Thompson (Victoria University, Wellington) and Professor Angela Ndalianis (University of Melbourne).

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Information at Your Fingertips: Rethinking the Filing Cabinet as Information Technology

Friday, 10 May 2013 - R6N4 - seminar room on the 6th floor of Richardson Building
Presentation by Craig Robertson, Director of the Media and Screen Studies Program at Northeastern University, Boston.

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Implementing Sustainability: the role of intra-agency communication and framing in local government in NZ and the US

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 - Richardson 6N4
Examining sustainability in Local Government Organizations in New Zealand and the USA

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Capturing the Muslim in Contemporary Western Popular Music

Friday, 21 September 2012 - Richardson 6N4
DJ culture, electronica, hip hop and punk rock engaging with Muslims in the Western world.

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The Management of Connectivity and the Social Networking of Contagion

Friday, 20 July 2012 at 4:00pm - R6N4 - seminar room in the Department of Media, Film and Communication, on the 6th floor of the Richardson Building 
Network with Dr Grant Bollmer, School of English and Media Studies, Massey University, Wellington.

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The Era of Persona: Presentations and Representations of the public self

Friday, 22 June 2012 at 11:00am - Castle 1 Lecture Theatre
Open lecture by Professor David Marshall, Head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University

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A Case of 'National Genre Confusion'? - Building community out of chaos in Robert Sarkies' Out of the Blue

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 11:00am - R6N4 - 6th floor of the Richrdson Building
Dr Davinia Thornley from the Department of Media, Film and Communication

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A very different way of seeing: 3D cinema and its diverse effects

Friday, 9 March 2012 at 4:00pm - R6N4, Media Film and Communication Seminar Room, 6th floor of the Richardson Building
A very different way of seeing: 3D cinema and its diverse effects

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He Didn't Mean to Die Here: Contextualizing Death and Talking Back to Hollywood in American Indian Film

Friday, 7 October 2011 at 4:00pm - R6N4, the Media, Film and Communicaton Department seminar room on the 6th floor of the Richardson Building
A presentation by Dr Lee Schweninger, visiting on exchange from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, U.S.A.

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Aesthetics and Science

Friday, 30 September 2011 at 4:00pm - R6N4, Media Film and Communication seminar room on the 6th floor of the Richardson Building.
A Sci-Art approach to climate warming - presented by Dr Jenny Rock from the Department of Zoology's Centre for Science Communication.

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Toward a Critique of the Political Economies of Network Media

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at 11:00am - R6N4, MFCO Department Seminar Room, 6th floor of the Richardson Building
Seminar by Professor Dwayne Winseck, Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross-appointment to the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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Michael Mann and Postclassical Cinema

Friday, 19 August 2011 at 4:00pm - R6N4, Media Film and Communication Department seminar room, 6th floor of the Richardson Building.
Michael Mann and Postclassical Cinema - a Media, Film and Communication Department seminar.

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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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Betwixt, Between and Beyond: Racial formation and "mixed race" identities in New Zealand and Singapore

Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 4:00pm - R6N4, 6th Floor, Richardson Building
A presentation outlining PhD research which explores issues of "mixed race"/mixed ethnic identity in New Zealand and Singapore.

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From Film as Text to Cinema as Experience

Friday, 27 May 2011 at 5:15pm - Archway 3 Lecture Theatre 
Open lecture by Professor Francesco Casetti, Film Studies Program, Yale University. 

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The Transnational Communication of 'Racism': Migration, Media, and the Shaping of International Relations

Thursday, 3 March 2011 at 11:00am - Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
A Department of Media, Film and Communications research seminar, presented by one of the leaders in cultural studies, Professor Ien Ang.

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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. 

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Habermasian Semiotics

Friday, 24 September 2010 at 4:15pm - Richardson Building, Room 6N4
Presented by Dr William Martin, Department of Media, Film and Communication

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The Great Story of a Great Woman! Greer Garson, Gallant Ladies and British Wartime Femininity

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 at 11:00am - 6N4, Richardson Building
Presented by Dr Hannah Hamad, Massey University

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Moa Citings

Tuesday, 27 July 2010 at 11:00am - Richardson Building, 6N4
Department of Media, Film and Communication Research Seminar

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"Do I add to the images in movies? Barthes, Pensiveness and the gallery film." Dr Catherine Fowler

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 at 11:00am - 6N4, Richardson Building
Department of Media, Film and Communication Research Seminar Series, 2010.

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The Future of the Cinema in the Digital and 3D-Age

Wednesday, 21 April 2010 at 5:15pm - Archway 2 Lecture Theatre
Professor Rüdiger Steinmetz, Director of the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, Chair of Media Studies and Media Culture, Leipzig University