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The Swinburne Institute 2014 Events

Swinburne Institute for Social Research seminars

To view a complete list of 2013 events, visit SISR 2013 Events

For more information about the events, please contact A/Prof Ellie on erennie@swin.edu.au or Teresa Calabria on tcalabria@swin.edu.au


Date:
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Event type:
Research seminar
Presenter:
Dr Karina Aveyard, School of Film, Television and Media Studies, University of East Anglia, UK
Venue:
ATC 422/423
Time:
1.00-2.00pm
Topic:
Repositioning Cinema in the 21st Century: Multiplexes, Home Viewing and Digital Media

This paper will explore the transformations and futures of cinema and their implications for contemporary media. Cinema is often conceived as separate from media and particularly from media studies. Such distinctions appear increasingly artificial when considered against the rapid shifts in the circulation and consumption of audiovisual content. In attempting to broaden critical thinking around this topic, this paper will suggest that cinema might be productively reconsidered as something not only integrally connected with, but also sustained by, wider media landscapes

This seminar will drawing on findings from recent European research, including data on the usage and preference for different audiovisual screens and devices. It will examine debates about the cultural and economic position of film exhibition and consumption; consider the challenges of defining and understanding the socio-cultural practices of audiences; and explore the nature of cinema's key relationships with other media platforms. The conceptual issues to be discussed underpin a pilot study that will be conducted in Norwich, United Kingdom in mid-2014. The parameters of this planned research will form part of the context for the discussion.

About the presenter:

Dr Karina Aveyard is a Lecturer in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. The research for her PhD, completed at Griffith University in 2012, was funded by an ARC Linkage Grant with partners the National Film and Sound Archive and Screen Australia. Karina is the co-editor of Watching Film: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception (Intellect 2013), and author of forthcoming monograph The Lure of the Big Screen: Cinema in Rural Australia and the UK (Intellect 2014). Her essays have also been published in journals including Continuum, Media International Australia, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies and Studies in Australasian Cinema.

Date:
Friday, 7 February 2014
Event type:
Research seminar
Presenter:
Dr Pete Seel, Colorado State University, USA
Venue:
ATC 422/423
Time:
1.00-2.00pm
Topic:
Digital Immortality: What happens to online user-generated content after the user's death?

Dr Pete Seel of Colorado State University will explore the concept of "digital immortality" and the development of technologies to create an online digital archive of personal thoughts, writings, photos, videos from birth to death that will likely outlive the author. It is now possible to use Facebook's "timeline" feature to create a simple version of this concept with photos, text and videos by uploading content from the user's prior life. If the user's descendants agree to keep the content online after their death, it may become a permanent historical record of their entire life from birth to death, as long as the host company stays in business. The implications for historians, genealogists, and the user's descendants may be significant.

Dr Seel will also provide a brief overview of policies of three social media companies concerning access to a deceased user's site by family and friends. It is now commonplace for a user's Facebook page to become a memorial site after their passing. Decisions to close the site by the deceased's family are at times contested by the subscriber's friends. Key related topics are: who controls access to a personal social media site after the user's death? Has legislation in the U.S. and other nations addressed the topic of a "digital estate" and how this might be defined? How do copyright laws and site terms-of-use policies apply?

Digital immortality will be the subject of a book by Dr Seel submitted for publication in 2015.

About the presenter:

Dr Peter B. Seel is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University in the United States and author of Digital Universe (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). His research and teaching areas include telecommunication, new media technologies, digital television and documentary history & production. His professional background includes positions in photojournalism and television production, including working as a television producer-director for ten years in Sacramento, California. Dr Seel earned his Ph.D. in Telecommunication at Indiana University in 1995.

Date:
Friday, 14 February 2014
Event type:
Research seminar
Presenter:
Professor Denise Meredyth, Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts, Australian Research Council
Venue:
AGSE 207
Time:
9:00am-10:30am
Topic:
ARC Current Developments and Trends

Target Audience:

All researchers are invited. The presentation will cover general ARC topics, with a particular focus on the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences disciplines.

Brief Description:

As one of Australia's premier funding bodies, the ARC plays a key role in providing funding for research projects; in the training of researchers and research career progression; and in setting national priorities for future funding.

About the presenter:

Professor Meredyth joined the ARC as Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts in late September 2013. Her presentation will cover topics of relevance to all seeking a deeper understanding of the workings of the ARC - such as trends in funding and factors affecting success rates; the future of program offerings and progress in grant processes improvement; as well as more directed trends in the humanities and social sciences disciplines.