2017 Seminar Program: Intersections in Film and Media Studies

Here you can find the program and links to podcasts from the seminars held as part of the SSSN 2017 program. In 2017 the seminar series had an umbrella theme: Intersections in Film and Media Studies.

Intersections in Film and Media Studies explored the state of contemporary screen studies and screen culture. Developments in digital technologies, as well as rapid changes in production, distribution, and consumption patterns, mean that ‘cinema’ is an increasingly fluid term that moves across platforms, genres, and textual boundaries. Screen culture is also an inescapable part of the contemporary media environment, with a plethora of media objects moving across a variety of screens, technologies, and devices. Cinema and screen studies likewise possess a fluidity that encourages interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration. This program explored the transitional nature of contemporary screen studies and the movement of scholarship, theory, and ideas across its boundaries.

Each podcast episode features a film or media scholar presenting their cutting-edge research in the form of a short talk. The talk is followed by a Q&A session with another scholar in the field, who opens up the discussion to the audience present on the day. This podcast is made possible by the kind support of the School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Sydney.

All SSSN Events are held in Room 327, Robert Webster Building UNSW at 5pm, except for those held at WSU Parramatta City Campus (*), UTS Building 5 (**), Woolley Common Room, University of Sydney (***), and Macquarie University, E7B Building (^).

Semester 1

8th
March
When File-Sharing Isn’t Piracy: Formalising Peer-To-Peer DistributionLauren Carroll Harris (UNSW)
22nd
March
Phenomenology and Contemporary Film ConsumptionDr. Karina Aveyard (USyd) 
5th
April
Nostalgia, Representation and Transgression in Disney Princess CultureEmily Chandler 
(UNSW)
26th
April
The Social Life of Films: An Alternative Perspective on
Informal Film Circulation
Mahsa Salamati 
(UNSW)
3rd
May
Bedevil in the Details: Australian Experimental Film in the Era of New MediaDr. Maura Edmond
10th
May
Inside the ‘Open-Image’: Virtual Reality Cinema as a Medium of Ethical Experience*Adam Daniel
(WSU)
24th
May
A Crysis of Perspective: (S)pawning Subjectivity in Interactive MediaBen Eldridge
(USyd)

Semester 2

1st
August
Vellaikkaariya? – Constructing Amy Jackson, Nativity and Whiteness in Tamil CinemaMeenaatchi Saverimuttu
(MU)
5th
August
Gendered Vulnerability in Transnational Action Cinema: xXx, The Great Wall, and Kung Fu Yoga**Tim Laurie
(UTS)
9th
August
Reframe: Considering Screens to Reconfigure PostmediaCharu Maithani 
(UNSW)
9th
September
Early Cinema’s Traffic in Sexuality: White Slave Films in Australia, 1911-1917***Susan Potter
(USyd)
10th
October
Sonic Islands on Screen: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Popular Music and Youth Culture in Contemporary CinemaKate Bolgar Smith (University of London)
4th
October
New Intimate Cinema Spaces^Rebecca Lelli
(MU)
7th
November
Examining Chinese Cinema Audiences’ Opinions Through User-Generated Content: A Case Study of The Mermaid Kai Soh
(UOW)

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Podcast links

Charu Maithani | Reframe: Considering Screens to Reconfigure Postmedia | August 29th, 2017

Rebecca LelliNew Intimate Cinema Spaces | October 24th, 2017

Dr Karina Aveyard | Phenomenology and Contemporary Film Consumption | March 22, 2017

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