Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming Event: Centre for Media & Culture in Education (CMCE) Panel on "Youth, Media and Education"

The following is a cut-and-paste reproduction of the original ad/announcement, sent out by email last week. Sorry for the last minute notice - this should be a really interesting discussion, so hope some of you can make it:
The Centre for Media and Culture in Education
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, The University of Toronto
A panel presentation and discussion on:
Youth, Media and Education
Friday September 30th, 2011
4 to 6 pm, Room 11-164
Panelists:  Bronwen Low, Sara Grimes, and Kry Verall
Discussant:  Megan Boler
Bronwen Low explores the implications and challenges of popular youth culture for curriculum theory, literacy studies, and pedagogy. This includes examining spoken word culture (including rap music and slam poetry) for insight into the evolution of youth language and literacy practices as well as identities. Current research includes community-media projects and pedagogies, translanguaging and the multilingual Montreal hip-hop scene, and the pedagogical implications of the lifestories of Montrealers who have survived genocide and other human rights violations. In relation to the latter, she is developing curriculum for use in Quebec schools. She has recently published (2011) Slam school:  Learning through conflict in the hip-hop and spoken word classroom. Stanford University Press, and, with Michael Hoechsmann, (2008) Reading youth writing: “New” literacy, cultural studies, and education. NY: Peter Lang.
Dr. Sara M. Grimes is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, where she teaches and researches in the areas of children's digital culture, digital games, and critical theories of technology. Her published work includes explorations of children's virtual worlds and online games (Media International Australia), discussions of intellectual property (New Media & Society) and fair dealing rights within digital game contexts, as well as examinations of thepolicy and ethical dimensions of online advertising and transmedia marketing strategies targeting children (International Journal of Communication Law & PolicyCanadian Journal of Communication). She has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences, and has participated in various workshops and consultations examining issues and implications relating to children's digital culture. Sara's current research explores child-generated content in digital games (such asLittleBigPlanet), the role and function of transmedia intertextuality within children’s play and cultural participation, and emerging issues around children’s creativity and cultural rights. She blogs about this work and related items of interest atGamine Expedition (
Krys Verrall is a cultural scholar in children’s and youth studies, visual culture, art and education. My research employs feminist, anti-racist, post-structuralist and postcolonial theory to explore the complex politics of race, gender, and age in nation building, citizenship practices and globalization. The main thrust of may work explores the ways that marginal populations engage with the mechanisms of representation and enfranchisement. As an experienced educator, I am committed to art and equity infused approaches to education. Both my research and teaching aims to build conversations and collaborations between between communities within and without the university, and across disciplines. My scholarly record includes an upcoming publication with Krabbesholm Books, Denmark, referred publications, and an extensive list of scholarly presentations. I currently teach in the Children’s Studies Program, at York University, Toronto Canada.
Megan Boler received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz. Presently Associate Chair of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies, and Coordinator of the History and Philosophy of Education program, at the Ontario Institute of Studies inEducation at the University of Toronto (UT), and served as Director of Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech in 2002-03. She is Associate Faculty of the Center for the Study of United States and the Knowledge Media Design Institute also at UT. Megan Boler speaks internationally on social justice in political and cultural contexts, pedagogy of discomfort; race, class, and gender in education and media, explored through cultural, feminist and communication studies. She is currently completing a three-year funded research project, “Rethinking Media, Citizenship and Democracy: Digital Dissent after 9/11,” through interviews and surveys examines the motivations of producers of “digital dissent”--practices of digital media to counter mainstream media.  Her web-based productions include a study guide to accompany the documentary The Corporation (dirs. Achbar and Abbott 2003), and the multimedia website Critical Media Literacy in Times of War. She teaches philosophy, cultural studies, feminist theory, media studies, social equity courses in Teacher Education program, and media studies at the Knowledge Media Design Institute at University of Toronto.

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