Dial S for Screen Studies 2020

Call for Papers Sydney Screen Studies Network is currently seeking proposals for our 2020 conference, Dial S for Screen Studies, held 18th to 19th November 2020 online via Zoom. This year, our conference will adopt a new online-friendly format: papers (and associated media) will be distributed digitally prior to the conference, and conference panel sessionsContinue reading “Dial S for Screen Studies 2020”

Through an Indigenous Lens

Throughout Australia’s television history, Indigenous people have faced considerable misrepresentation in both their characterization and absence from our screens. Graduate student and actress Josie Atkinson looks at three key case studies: Boney (1971-2; 1992) Neighbours (1985-), and The Secret Life of Us (2001-5), revealing that while problems still exist in the representation of Indigenous people in televised media dramas, there have been some groundbreaking developments in this facet of Australian media.

A Good Man with a Gun

“The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. These are words spoken by NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. Film scholar Dr Rodney Wallis argues this statement has a peculiar resonance with the mythic ideal of an armed saviour in American culture. He explores how Hollywood has contributed to this ideal through the 1950s Western, particularly focusing on George Steven’s 1953 movie Shane. He is joined by Ben Eldridge for a Q&A session, in which they chat about heroism, masculinity, gun culture, race and gender in the Western genre. Seminar: 0.00 – 16min Q & A: 16min – 1hr 02min Produced by the Sydney Screen Studies Network Visit our website: sydneyscreenstudies.wordpress.com Email us: sydneyscreenstudies@gmail.com

Icons and Politics in Spanish Cinema

What cultural and social value can be found in 1970s exploitation cinema? Doctoral candidate Váleri Codesido explores 1970s Spanish exploitation cinema to question what it can tell us about Spain in both a pre- and post- Franco era, and Spain’s relationship with the world, through its explicit portrayal of sex and violence. Váleri also proposes that aesthetic parallels can be found in the Ozploitation films of the 1970s, opening up further questions around the stark differences in Australia’s and Spain’s political and cultural histories. Váleri is joined by Assoc. Prof. Anne Rutherford (WSU) for a Q & A with the audience present on the day. Seminar: 0.00 – 22min Q & A: 22min – 1hr 13min Produced by the Sydney Screen Studies Network Visit our website: sydneyscreenstudies.wordpress.com Email us: sydneyscreenstudies@gmail.com

The Female Hero: The Research-led Screenplay

by Sophia Riley Kobacker e: sophia.kobacker@hdr.mq.edu.au This podcast is of a seminar presented by Sophia Riley Kobacker at UNSW Sydney for SSSN on 1st May 2018. Sophia’s paper is followed by a question and answer session facilitated by Dr Natalie Krikowa and involving the audience present on the day. SOPHIA RILEY KOBACKER, Media Researcher and CreativeContinue reading “The Female Hero: The Research-led Screenplay”

Fassbinder: As He Appears to Us

Dr Sharon Mee interrogates the role of the pulse and rhythm in film. She examines a series of experimental films – Brakhage, Kubelka, and Duchamp – which visually inscribe rhythm onto the image. She extends this analysis into horror film, specifically the work of George Romero, to argue that the pulse is a response to the experience of ‘felt’ time; the human pulse is integral to the connection between the viewer and the rhythmic images on screen. Dr Richard Smith responds to Sharon’s talk with his own analysis of Michael Haneke’s cinema, and the discussion continues with the audience present on the day.

SSSN Semester Two Program 2018 CFP

SSSN Semester Two Program 2018 CFP Sydney Screen Studies Network is currently seeking proposals for the Semester One seminar program for 2018. We invite scholars working across film, television, video, and internet media to present research on contemporary screen studies and screen culture from a variety of perspectives. SSSN is a research-led academic community based inContinue reading “SSSN Semester Two Program 2018 CFP”

Call For Papers: Dial S for Screen Studies – A Symposium Presented by the Sydney Screen Studies Network

Call For Papers: Dial S for Screen Studies – A Symposium Presented by the Sydney Screen Studies Network Sydney Screen Studies Network is currently seeking proposals for our 2018 symposium, Dial S for Screen Studies held 12th to 13th of November 2018 at UNSW, Sydney. The symposium will be composed of two streams: (1) current approachesContinue reading “Call For Papers: Dial S for Screen Studies – A Symposium Presented by the Sydney Screen Studies Network”

Intersections of Media Effects Research: Developing Socially Responsible Media Production

Are we influenced by what we watch? Psychologist and media consultant Danya Braunstein talks us through some of the vital research into how individuals’ thoughts, attitudes and beliefs are affected by the media they consume. She dispels some of the myths around media effects, and she proposes how media producers can adopt a socially responsible approach to producing their content. Danya is joined by her Macquarie Uni colleague Chanelle Tarabay for a Q & A at the end.