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Kate Hennessy


February 26, 2009

Noted Scholar Mini-Series, Virtually McLuhan: Theorizing Code and Digital Life, March 5 and 12 (Vancouver, B.C)

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When: March 5 and 12, noon- 1:30 pm
Where: University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. Scarfe Building 310.
Advance readings and lunch provided w. RSVP

From Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Professor and Director, Network of Centers and Institutes in Education (NCIE) & Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry (CCFI), Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia:

CCFI Noted Scholar Lecture Mini-Series Virtually McLuhan: Theorizing Code and Digital Life,

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Historical Consciousness, Critical Studies in Sexuality, Center for Culture and Identity in Education, Digital Literacy Center, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Department of English

Mar. 5, noon-1:30 pm, Scarfe 310
Dr. Richard Cavell
, Professor of English, UBC  (
McLuhan and the Body as Medium
Long before media theorists asked how we became post-human, McLuhan asked a much more compelling question: how did we become human? He found the answer to this question in the encounter of technology and the bios.

Mar. 12, noon-1:30 pm, Scarfe 310
Dr. Arthur Kroker
, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory & Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria  (
The MisEducated Imagination: McLuhan’s Creativity
The lasting legacy of Marshall McLuhan has everything to do with his creatively disruptive thought: art as an early warning system of major technological change, media theory as culture probes, words moving at light-speed, texts as worm holes to alternative futures, a festival of seductive paradoxes in writing, images, and aphorisms. With McLuhan, technology simultaneously stultifies and mobilizes the imagination, does violence to the human nervous system and creates electronic breakthroughs.

Dr. Suzanne de Castell, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (
One Code To Rule Them All…
When all that has been solid melts into code, how do we rethink and re-make scholarly praxis—theory, research and pedagogy—built from and for a literate universe? Quality becomes quantity, arts and sciences are re-fused, media fluidly converge, and even the ontology of the body, this “too too solid flesh” of Hamlet’s of distracted imaginings, becomes molten, as virtuality. This paper is part of a larger project which interweaves three strands of interdisciplinary scholarship: the conceptual work of forging a ‘digital epistemology,’ the technological challenge of developing a multimedia, multimodal research tool capable of taking the measure of the re-mediated subjects and objects of interdisciplinary study, and the pedagogical call for the resuscitation of ‘play’ as inseparable from and indispensable for teaching, learning and the advancement of knowledge under unprecedented conditions of uncertainty. Read More

Kate Hennessy


February 1, 2009

EXPOSED: A Design Research Exchange- Call for Participation

February 1, 2009 | By |

When: March 6th-7th
Where: Tempe, Arizona
Conference website:

Description: What mysteries lie beneath the surface of Design Research practice? What catalyzing forces will shift future paradigms of Design Research? Exposed: a Design Research Exchange will be an event dedicated to exploring these questions through a highly interactive agenda including workshops, panels, invited guests, and participant-generated content. Seasoned professionals to aspiring students are invited to join in this exploration of the current state and future of design research while filling their toolboxes, making contacts, and traversing disciplinary boundaries.

For information contact:

Chris Urbina Meierling
MSD Candidate
College of Design
Arizona State University



January 29, 2009

Short-course in ethnographic film-making

January 29, 2009 | By |

Dear friends, colleagues, alumni

Please find below the address of the webpage where we announce the new short course in ethnographic film-making that the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester will be offering in the run up to the 11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film.

I would be very grateful if you would draw this to the attention of anyone who may be interested in participating.

with best wishes, Paul Henley



December 24, 2008

Ethnocineca 2009

December 24, 2008 | By |

Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest, Vienna
Call for Films

Submission deadline:  February 13, 2009
Festival dates: May 20-23, 2009
Location:  KosmosTheater, Vienna

The “ETHNOCINECA – Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna” is a film festival in Austria. It is being organized by MASN-Austria in cooperation with the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology in Vienna.

Currently we are busy organizing the ETHNOCINECA 2009. This year’s festival will be presented under a new name. The Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna will be held in the KosmosTheater from 20 – 23 May 2009 and we will do our best to offer you exciting and interesting film days. Films can be submitted until 13 February, 2009 and this years’ selection of films for the Ethnocineca 2009 will be decided upon in March.

We invite all filmmakers and media-artists to submit film and media works until 13 February 2009. You can download the submission forms and regulations at the URL below.

We are looking forward to your contributions!

For further details see our website:
Submission forms may be downloaded at:


Kate Hennessy


December 15, 2008

Sound Image Culture / SIC

December 15, 2008 | By |

Where: Brussels
When: april – december 2009 (not fulltime)
Application deadline:
6 March 2009

visual anthropology – documentary – performative ethnography – experimental film – auto-ethnography

workshops for anthropological–artistic projects
werkplaats voor antropologisch–artistieke projecten
ateliers pour des projets anthropologiques-artistiques

3 months seminars
2 months supervised filming
3 months supervised editing
continuous coaching

deadline submission projects 6 March 2009
april – december 2009 (not fulltime)

Aalst Netwerk 24 January 2009
Brussels Les Brigittines 20 February 2009 (tbc)
(Belgium) + 32 (0) 2 537 85 69 + 32 (0) 485 33 45 98

With the support of the Flemish Authorities. Subpowered by Les Brigittines, Netwerk and Polymorfilms.
picture ©Charles Fairbanks 2008

Coördinatie – Organisation
SoundImageCulture / SIC vzw – asbl

M + 32 (0) 487 33 45 98
T + 32 (0) 2 537 85 69
Rue Theodore Verhaegenstraat 18
BE – 1060 Brussel – Bruxelles



December 12, 2008

The 11th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2009

December 12, 2008 | By |

Where: Leeds, UK
Festival date
: 1 – 4 July 2009
Submission deadline
: 15 January 2009

Sponsored by The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) jointly with The Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University, The Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University, and
The Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and Television, Leeds University National Media Museum, Bradford

For submission conditions, entry forms and awarded prizes please check RAI Film Festival Website; Here you find as well information about the international conference “Emotion in Motion: The Passions of Tourism, Travel and Movement, 4-7 July 2009.

We invite you to submit your recent productions, released (first screened in public) after 1 January 2006.

The Deadline for Submission is 15 January 2009 (postmark date); please make sure that the preview tapes arrive by 24 January at the latest. Please submit the form and stills by e-mail ( and send the preview tape (DVD or VHS) separately by post.

Kate Hennessy


September 11, 2008

AAA 2008: SVA Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled

September 11, 2008 | By |

Society for Visual Anthropology
Sessions and Events Accepted and Scheduled
2008 Meetings of the American Anthropological Society, San Francisco, CA.

The following SVA-reviewed sessions and events have been accepted and scheduled for this year’s AAA meetings in San Francisco. The SVA is making a strong contribution to this year’s theme of “Inclusion, Collaboration, and Engagement” with an excellent Film, Video, and Interactive Media Festival line-up, and a range of compelling workshops, sessions, roundtables, and poster presentations.

Any questions or comments should be directed to:

Aaron Glass
Kate Hennessy
SVA Program Chairs

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September 3, 2008

Rhetoric of the Image: Visual Culture in Political Islam

September 3, 2008 | By |

Conference to be held at Copenhagen University, Denmark
Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2009.

While narrative sources and oral communication were key in the formation and transmission of Islamic culture in the pre-modern period, an increasing use of visual media in the cultural production of modern Islamic societies has effectively placed the image alongside– if not above– text-based rhetorical models. Over the course of the twentieth century, visual media such as film, television, the graphic arts, illustrated books, and pamphlets were mobilized in the drive to modernize and to define a role for Islam in the public domain of everyday politics. In more recent years, new media forms like satellite television and the internet have offered further possibilities to use visual rhetoric for the public representation of Islamic subjectivities. The use of image-based narratives in modern Islamic culture generates an increasingly visualized public sphere that enables states, political groups, and individuals to construct and deploy ideological messages through culturally recognizable symbols.

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August 13, 2008

Power to Empowerment: Critical Literacy in Visual Culture

August 13, 2008 | By |

Papers are solicited for an international, transdisciplinary conference examining visual literacy as it is shaped by, shapes and integrates private and public identity and subjectivity through social institutions and forces including design, education, politics, ethics, technology, media, marketing, commerce, the environment and society. The conference understands visual literacy from the perspective of individuals, communities, groups and organizations to mean the ability to successfully compose and deliver meaningful communication as well as decode and interpret visual messages. It involves perceiving visual images as components of a larger culture matrix, constituting their meaning and significance, discerning relationships between their intended and actual purposes and audiences, and acting with or upon them. Visual literacy generates and is affected by relationships between the visual, literacy and power, including disenfranchisement. Particular themes or topics for papers may include but are not limited to the economics of visual culture, constructing the visual landscape, visual culture and affiliations and disenfranchisements, brands and users, ethnographies of visual culture, the charge of education to superintend visual literacy, visual literacy and power, visual illiteracy, visual culture and social difference, and visual cultures of everyday life.

Abstracts between 250-500 words are sought for 15-20 minute paper presentations.

Please send your abstract electronically as a word-document to Keith Owens, Assistant Professor, Communication Design, University of North Texas College of Visual Arts & Design,

Important Dates:

February 1, 2008, Deadline for abstracts
March 1, 2008, Notification of acceptance
June 7-8, 2008, Conference dates

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