Lincoln School of Film and Media Research Seminars

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Wednesday 5th April
MC3107
1-3pm
Guest Speaker: Dr Paolo Ruffino

Abstract Title: Are there video games after death? The rise of algorithmic gaming.

In recent years the medium of the video game has redefined the role and agency of players. Games for mobile phones and social network often marginalise the players by asking them to wait for long periods of time before performing the next move (Clash of Clans, 2012; Farmville, 2009). There are games that play by themselves (Cookie Clicker, 2014; San Andreas Streaming Deer Cam, 2016), and games that are played by automated bots developed by the players themselves to avoid playing their games. 3D environments for games are now also generated by algorithmic processes (No Man’s Sky, 2016). What definition of play and fun is at stake in this trend? Why is it that players seem to progressively disappear from their own games? In this presentation I will discuss about my current research around these phenomena, and explore the possibility of a post-human form of digital gaming, one where life itself comes to be redefined.

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Great Minds Lecture: Lord Paul Boateng – Friday 24th March

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The Great Minds series gives an insight into the achievements of leading influential figures and recognisable faces from backgrounds such as the arts, business and economics, politics, health and science as well as bringing more local leading Lecturers and Visiting Professors to the fore.

Designed for prospective students, our own staff and students and members of the public alike, the aim is to inspire and encourage thoughtful conversation about careers, industries and disciplines alongside showcasing some of the diverse research and activities that take place within the University.

We have the pleasure of inviting you to our next Great Minds lecture, to be given by Lord Paul Boateng on Friday 24th March.

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Lincoln School of Film and Media Research Seminar

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Wednesday 1st March
MC3107
1-3pm

Guest speaker: Dr Conohar Scott

Abstract: Framing Dissensus: the Projects of Environmental Resistance

Using Jacques Rancière’s description of art as a profoundly dissensual medium, which exhibits a ‘singular power of presence […] that tears experience from ordinariness’, I argue for the potential for art to alter the social imaginary in the struggle for environmental remediation. By way of comparison to the work of Richard Misrach and Andreas Müller-Pohle, I would like to focus primarily on the projects of the artist-led group Environmental Resistance (I am a founding member of this group), which is a UK collective currently comprised of a photographer, an environmental scientist and a graphic designer.

Environmental Resistance aims to provide a “service” for environmental advocates by combining an indexical description of the polluted topography with quantitative data affirming the existence of a substantive environmental threat. This is done by creating multimodal artworks, which merge photography with graphical content in the form of infographs, QR codes linking to scientific publications, or activist video footage. In other examples, the photograph is combined with mineral sampling data taken from within the frame of the image. In collaboration with activists or the environmental science community, the resulting artworks can then be disseminated to politicians, scientists, health professionals, civil servants and local citizens, in a bid to constitute a newly emergent public, cognizant of the threat offered by industrial polluters.

Biography:

Dr Conohar Scott (b. Belfast, 1975) is a lecturer in photographic theory and a practicing artist at the School of Media & Film, University of Lincoln. Conohar’s research interests include exploring the representation of environmental despoliation in photography and the application of art as a tool for environmental advocacy. As part of his artistic practice, Conohar founded the collective Environmental Resistance, which is currently comprised of an environmental scientist, a photographer and a graphic designer. The purpose of the collective is to raise awareness of industrial pollution and campaign for environmental remediation. Conohar also organises symposia under the banner ‘Network Ecologies: Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism’.

For further information please contact Diane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer in Film, Television and Cultural Studies, University of Lincoln.

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History & Heritage Research Seminar 22nd Feb

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We are pleased to invite you to the first History & Heritage Research Seminar for this term, taking place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

Dr Jonathan Saha (University of Leeds) will talk about ‘Imperial elephantology: Undead capital and situated knowledge in colonial Burma’.

The rise of colonial Burma as the world’s foremost supplier of teak necessitated the employment of thousands of working elephants. Throughout the colony’s vast forests, camps were established where the animals worked to remove and transport the valuable timber. These were sites of industry and environmental transformation, but they were also sites for the generation and deployment of scientific knowledge. The semi-domesticated state of elephants employed in the teak industry made them ideal subjects for veterinary and natural historical inquiry.
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LIH Research Seminar: Scoping Reviews – 28th Feb

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The second seminar in the Lincoln Institute for Health Community and Health Research Unit seminar series will be given by Viet-Hai Phung (Research Assistant, CaHRU) on “Scoping Reviews”.

Viet-Hai describes the content of his session below:

The seminar will go through the process of conducting a scoping review, from the initial justification for using it through to analysing the final included publications. The process is systematic, with the key being consistent application of each of the steps. I will use practical examples from my own research to illustrate each of the steps that have to be followed. Rather than being a presentation, it is expected that the session will be interactive as it will be more a practical demonstration of the process. Our subject librarian, Marishona Ortega, will also be able to answer questions on the day too.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 28th February from 11.00am to 12.00noon. The venue is MB3203, Minerva Building.

Please e-mail Sue Bowler to book a place sbowler@lincoln.ac.uk

Lincoln School of Film & Media Research Seminar – 8th Feb

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The Lincoln School of Film and Media research seminar this Wednesday is a paper to be given by Dr. Jamie Medhurst, Reader in Media History from the University of Aberystwyth. The paper is entitled: Reith, Television and the BBC’s Cultural Mission in the Interwar Years

Abstract:
The most commonly-accepted view in most television histories is that John Reith detested television, would have nothing to do with the medium, viewed those involved with establishing and running the BBC’s television service with contempt and refused to watch television programmes. The BBC’s own website perpetuates this idea:

He was less interested in the development of television. Anthony Kamm, the biographer of television’s inventor, John Logie Baird, says that Reith usually managed to be on holiday when significant events in television took place … One of his leaving gifts when he left the BBC in 1938 was a television set. He said he would never look at it.[1]

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Lincoln School of Film & Media Seminar on 25th January

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Lincoln School of Film & Media welcomes Dr. Tanya Horeck, Reader in Film, Media & Culture at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, to give a paper entitled:
‘Caught on Tape’: Elevator Violence, Black Celebrity, and the Politics of Surveillance

Abstract:

‘Jay-Z physically attacked by Beyoncé’s sister Solange’: so screamed the TMZ headline to the “raw” surveillance video it obtained from the inside of an elevator in New York in May of 2014. The video instantly went viral and initiated thousands of memes organized around the hashtag #WhatJayZSaidtoSolange, as people clambered to share their responses to the video and to offer their theories as to why Solange physically lashed out at Jay-Z while Beyoncé stood by, still and silent. This paper compares the Jay-Z/ Beyoncé video to the Ray Rice surveillance video that TMZ published four months later, in which the black American NFL star knocks his fiancée unconscious in an elevator. I will examine how the two elevator videos become entangled with one another – both in mainstream media and in an explosion of internet memes – in ways that indicate the tenacity of certain deeply rooted and pernicious racial and gender stereotypes. It is no accident, I argue, that the most publicized surveillance videos on TMZ to date, involve the depiction of racialized, black bodies. What is of specific concern to me here is how the apparently “passive” lens of surveillance actively works to reproduce black bodies as toxic and criminal, in ways that both highlight – and obscure – the complex questions of agency that have become so central to digital platforms.

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