NB: This session was audio-recorded and is now available for download in MP3 format. Right-click and choose 'Save Link As...' The file is ~125 MB.
James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International, will speak at a Media@McGill event co-sponsored with the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.
Tuesday 7 April, 5:30 pm in Arts W215 (map)
Topic: "NGO efforts to reform the World Intellectual Property Organization"
In collaboration with McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW), Media@McGill is proud to host the international speaker Sara Ahmed who will be presenting a public talk entitled, Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness.
This paper examines the history of happiness through a feminist lens. The paper proceeds by suspending belief that happiness is a good thing, and explore feminist histories as struggles against happiness. Happiness is how social norms become social goods. Reflecting on feminist critiques of the happy housewife, the paper suggests we can revitalize feminist languages of raising consciousness and false consciousness, thinking of feminist consciousness as a reorientation to the causes of unhappiness.
"During the past fifteen years, US satellite images have appeared in news media on various occasions, whether to draw attention to displaced persons in central Africa, mass graves in Bosnia, and alleged weapons facilities in Iraq. The satellite image is useful as a site/sight of focus because its abstraction and indeterminacy keep acts of interpretation and practices of knowledge alive. This medium is most useful when it is used to stage inquiries concerning the complex dynamics of political violence which cannot simply be 'seen' and 'understood.'" says Lisa Parks.
Media@McGill members Jenny Burman, Darin Barney, Becky Lentz, Marc Raboy and Will Straw will visit the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths (University of London), on 19-20 February 2009. Goldsmiths is one of the UK's leaders in the field of media theory and media practice, and is recognized internationally as being at the forefront of both theoretical and empirical research in media studies. Emphasis in the McGill-Goldsmiths discussions will be on dialogues between interested faculty with shared research interests, rather than any assumed overarching themes.
The Association is run by an On-Site Committee consisting of faculty members from McGill, Concordia, and UQAM, and chaired by Prof. Jenny Burman (McGill, Communication Studies). CACS aims to promote the interests of those teaching and studying cultural studies in Canada by facilitating the circulation and exchange of research nationally and internationally.