Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CFP Alert: Childhood and the Media (UK, July 2013)

Cut and paste from the emailed announcement:

 CALL FOR PAPERS 
 XXVth IAMHIST CONFERENCE 
 CHILDHOOD AND THE MEDIA 
 UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER (UK) 
 17-20 JULY 2013 

"Papers are invited for the biennial IAMHIST (International Association of Media and History) Congress, to be held at the University of Leicester, UK, on the theme of 'Childhood and the Media'. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  •  Child actors and stars: e.g. Shirley Temple, Sabu, Jodie Foster (including what becomes of child actors when they are no longer children). 
  • Representations of childhood in film, radio and television including both real (e.g. Ann Frank) and fictional (e.g. Harry Potter). 
  • Children in classic cinema: e.g. Bicycle Thieves, the Apu films. 
  • Adapting children's fiction: e.g. The Railway Children, The Princess Diaries 
  • Childhood and film-makers' autobiographies: e.g. Fran├žois Truffaut, Terence Davies. 
  • Nostalgia and childhood: adults remembering film, radio and television. 
  • Film, radio and television 'made for children': e.g. the Children's Film Foundation, Walt Disney, children's television drama, cartoons. 
  • Educational film, radio and television programming: e.g. Play School, Sesame Street and their international equivalents. 
  • Exhibition practices: e.g. children's matinees, film clubs, tie-in publications. 
  • Juvenile audiences and reception studies of children's media. 
  • Research into the effects of the mass media on children. 
  • Children and media censorship in national and international contexts. 
Proposals for papers should be sent to: iamhist2013@le.ac.uk . Please include an abstract of c.300 words, a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address). We welcome proposals either for individual papers or for self-constituted panels of 3-4 papers. We envisage that papers will be 20 minutes plus time for questions and discussion. Closing date for proposals: 15 December 2012. You will be notified of the acceptance of your paper by 31 January 2013."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Critical Gaming Series @ Semaphore Lab

Out new collaborative lab space at the iSchool, Semaphore lab, is just about, nearly there, up and running, and so we've started holding a series of events to introduce ourselves to the community and share some of the work our members have been doing this semester. This Friday, we're launching our "Critical Gaming Series," which aims to bring together scholars, industry professionals, students and gamers in lively, open discussions focused around a specific game or current event. Each event will begin with a short, formal presentation of academic research/analysis being conducted by one of our lab members, followed by open mic style guided conversation and debate. The games in question will be on hand for demo and gameplay. The first in our series happens this Friday, and here are the details:
Promo image for Mechromancer DLC ©2012 Gearbox Software/2K Games

Girlfriend Mode: A discussion on portrayals of women 
in games and gaming 
Friday, October 26th, 4:00-5:30 pm 
Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, First Floor Demo Room (1150) 
- Free (rsvp required)

Presented by: Mat Calverley and Tracy Munusami, iSchool MI Candidates 
Critical Gaming Series, Semaphore Lab 

Join us for the inaugural event in Semaphore's Critical Gaming Series, where we will take part in a discussion on the portrayal of women both in digital games and as gamers. The discussion will begin with a brief presentation of the "Girlfriend Mode" controversy launched a developer for Borderlands 2, one of the most anticipated games of 2012. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to come and try the game and participate in the discussion, as we work towards a stronger understanding of current issues surrounding women in digital games. This will be a great opportunity for many for many to learn more about the exciting and trailblazing things that go on in the Semaphore lab. Please note that this discussion will be recorded for hosting on Semaphore Lab's website.

Participants should register here: http://girlfriendmode.eventbrite.ca