SAM Seminar Series

Research seminars at the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW

Our series of research seminars are a regular part of the annual schedule for the School.

The SAM Seminar Series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work.

All are welcome!

Light refreshments and drinks are provided once the official Q&A has concluded, to facilitate a period of convivial discussion.

Contact: SAM Seminar Convenor, Collin Chua – c.chua@unsw.edu.au

Program of SAM Seminars 2017

All seminars are from 5pm to 6.30pm*
Robert Webster Building, Level 3, Lecture Theatre 327
UNSW Australia, Kensington Campus


Semester One 2017

O-Week - 21 February
Remediations of Literary Modernism: Heiner Goebbel
Corey Wakeling, Kobe University
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Week 2 - Tuesday 7 March
Singaporean Literature and Globalisation
Kirpal Singh, Singapore Management University
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Week 4 - Tuesday 21 March
Alternative Movements in Contemporary Iranian Cinema
Shahab Esfandiary, University of Art, Tehran
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Week 7 - Tuesday 11 April
Thinking Through Islands
Elizabeth McMahon, UNSW
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Non teaching week - Tuesday 18 April
Queer characters in entertainment TV
Ava Parsemain, UNSW
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Week 8 - Wednesday 26 April (held at G17)
Promotional Cultures
Lee Edwards, University of Leeds
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Week 11 - Tuesday 16 May
An animal among the animals: H. G. Wells and the Thought of the Future
Chris Danta, UNSW
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An archive of seminars with links to their abstracts is available below. If you have any questions about the seminar series please contact Collin Chua: c.chua@unsw.edu.au


Archive of SAM Seminar Program

Below is the archived program of events


Semester Two 2016

Week 3 - Tuesday 9 August
Research with UNICEF in the Philippines, on the use of participatory media and arts with adolescents in internally displaced people camps
Valentina Baú
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Week 4 - Wednesday 17 August, 5.30pm - 7pm
In conjunction with the Cinematic Thinking Network
The Square Screen: A Reflection on Unhip Cinema of the 1960s
Dana Polan, NYU
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Week 6 - Tuesday 30 August
Encountering Radical Absence: Traumatic Affects in the Digitally Mediated Experience of Disappearance
Michael Richardson, UNSW
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Week 8 - Tuesday 13 September
Visual Imagery as a Dialogue Form on Social Media‬‬‬‬
Danica Jovanovic, University of Southern Denmark
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Week 10 - Tuesday 4 October
Cross-Cultural Communication in Chinese Films
Yue Xiao-Ying, Southeast University, Nanjing
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Week 12 - Tuesday 18 October
Recomposing the Humanities with Bruno Latour: Launch of special edition of New Literary History journal
Stephen Muecke, UNSW
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After semester - Wednesday 14 December
Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction
Pamela Robertson Wojcik, University of Notre Dame
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Semester One 2016

Week 3 – Tuesday 15 March
The World as Medium: Whitehead’s Media Theory
Andrew Murphie, UNSW
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Non-teaching week – Tuesday 29 March
On the global appeal of Danish television
Pia Jensen, Aarhus University (Denmark)
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Week 6 – Tuesday 12 April
On Music & Advertising
Manel Palencia-Lefler, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
Cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Week 8 – Tuesday 26 April
Scripts of Life: DNA, mammoths, and the persistence of the letter in the genome
Julian Murphet, UNSW
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Week 10 – Tuesday 10 May
Public Relations & Public Affairs
Jordi Xifra, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
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Week 12 – Tuesday 24 May
The Arrival, Form and Meaning of the Early Modern Grotesque in England
Liam Semler, University of Sydney
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Semester Two 2015

Week 2 - Tuesday 4 August
Enhancing Chinese Understanding of Australian Culture and Society through Classic Australian Films
Panel:
Wendy Bowcher, Sun Yat-Sen University
Anne O’Brien, UNSW
Greg Dolgopolov, UNSW
Jake Wilson, The Age, SMH
Chaired by Jane Mills, UNSW
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Week 4 - Tuesday 18 August
Semiotic technologies: The case of Smart Art
Theo Van Leeuwen, University of Southern Denmark
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Week 5 - Tuesday 25 August
The Environmentally Modified Self: Acclimatization and Identity in Early Victorian Literature
Roslyn Jolly, UNSW
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Week 7 - Tuesday 8 September
Ibsen Under the Radar: Censorship and the Practice of a Global Theatre Classic
Frode Hellend, University of Oslo
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Week 9 - Tuesday 22 September
The Sublime: A Scientific Theory
David Huron, Ohio State University
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Week 10 - Tuesday 6 October
Refashioning viewing experience with mobile media: A comparison of two trajectories in China
Elaine Zhao, UNSW
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Week 12 - Thursday 22 October
The Materiality of Meaning: Encounters between Performance Studies and Science
Maaike Bleeker, Utrecht University
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After Semester - Tuesday 3 November
Beyond Empathy: A Roundtable Discussion
Panel:
Sukhmani Khorana, University of Wollongong
Tanja Dreher, University of Wollongong
Fiona Nicoll, University of Queensland
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After Semester - Tuesday 17 November
Sport, Politics and India’s New Media Economies: the Case of the Indian Premier League
Emeritus Professor Brian Stoddart
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Semester One 2015

Week 1 - Wednesday 4 March
Media and Communication for Development and Social Change: Different approaches from theory to practice
Valentina Baú, UNSW
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Week 3 - Tuesday 17 March
A Geology of Media – An Alternative Deep Time
Jussi Parikka, University of Southampton
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Week 5 - Tuesday 31 March
Ten things to do before you go pro: Learning to be a writer in India
Roanna Gonsalves, UNSW
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Week 6 - Tuesday 14 April
Shocking Policy: Mediatisation and the Affects of Discourse on Sydney Rail Transport Development
Nicholas Richardson, UNSW
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Week 8 - Tuesday 28 April
Australian literature in its contexts: nation, region, globe
Panel: Bill Ashcroft, Anne Brewster, Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas
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Week 10 - Tuesday 12 May
Rainforest Birds as Pastoral Bells: Cross-Listening from Papua New Guinea to Europe
Steven Feld, University of New Mexico
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Week 12 - Tuesday 26 May
Searchable talk: The linguistic functions of hashtags
Michele Zappavigna, UNSW
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Semester Two 2014

Week 1 - Tuesday 29  July
Earth as a Literary Element
Martin Leer (University of Geneva)
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Week 3 - Tuesday 12 August
Earth-Object: Melodrama, Plasticity and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (2011)
Monique Rooney (ANU)
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Week 5 - Tuesday 26 August
Public Relations Ethics and Professionalism
Johanna Fawkes (Charles Sturt University)
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Week 7 - Tuesday 9 September
Weird objects:
The unsettling domestic life of Philip K Dick’s alternate thingyverses
Adam Hulbert (UNSW)
Chris Rudge (USyd)
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Week 9 - Tuesday 23 September
The problem of coherence in communication strategy: lessons from military theory
Paul Ryder (Director, Ryder Consulting)
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Non-teaching Break

Week 11 - Tuesday 14 October
“Yuh foot shapeless an lang”:
On the Challenges of Scanning Jamaican Creole Poetry
Ben Etherington (UWS)
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Week 13 - Tuesday 28 October
A Companion to the Australian Media: Tales from the Trenches
Bridget Griffen-Foley (Macquarie University)
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After semester - Tues 25 November
Care in Performance: Christian Petzold’s Barbara (2012)
Andrew Webber (Cambridge)
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Semester One 2014

Week 1 - Tuesday 4 March
Working Like a Horse: Modernist Poetics and the Poetry of Labor
Kristin Grogan and Mark Steven (UNSW)
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Week 3 - Tuesday 18 March
Mathematics in the Bedroom: Lacan’s Logic of Fantasy
Sigi Jottkandt, Kate Montague, and Baylee Britts (UNSW)
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Week 5 - Friday 4 April
Children’s digital literacies: a contested space
Lelia Green (ECU) – Keynote for CSAA Intermezzo Symposium
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Week 6 - Tuesday 8 April
“Value” and “impact” in communication: current debates
Tom Watson (Bournemouth University)
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Week 9 - Tuesday 6 May
Who Cares Why We Read Fiction? Literary Studies and the Narrative Turn
Paul Dawson (UNSW)
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Week 11 - Friday 23 May
Nietzsche’s Shakespeare
Peter Holbrook (UQ)
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Week 13 - Tuesday 3 June
Creating the Creators: Stories about writers writing in English in contemporary urban India
Roanna Gonsalves, with Anne Brewster as discussant (UNSW)
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Semester Two, 2013

Week 1 : Tuesday 30 July
Iranian Diasporic Literature
Sanaz Fotouhi
Laetitia Nanquette, UNSW

Week 3 : Tuesday 13 August
Intellectual property and the creative industries today
Troy Lum : Managing Director, Hopscotch Films
Chris Chow : Managing Director, Chris Chow Entertainment Lawyers
Kathy Bowrey : Faculty of Law, UNSW
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Week 4 : Tuesday 20 August
Iranian Post-Revolution Cinema – From Iconoclasm to Global Cinema
Hamid Naficy : Northwestern University
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Week 5 : Tuesday 27 August
The Future of Media
John Butterworth : CEO, Australian Interactive Media Industry Association
David McKnight : Journalism & Media Research Centre, UNSW
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Week 7 : Tuesday 10 September
The Right to Play
Tom Apperley : UNSW
with Respondent, Brigid Costello : School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
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Week 9 : Tuesday 24 September
Aesthetics After Finitude
Chaired by Stephen Muecke : UNSW
Amy Ireland : UNSW
Baylee Brits : UNSW
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Week 11 : Tuesday 15 October
What’s Become of Cultural Studies?
Graeme Turner, University of Queensland
with Discussant, Jane Mills : Journalism & Media Research Centre, UNSW
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Week 13 : Tuesday 29 October
Hallway Conversation:
Interdisciplinary methodologies and pedagogies
Caroline Wake : School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
Paul Dawson : School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
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Archive of CMSA Seminar Program

Find out more about the Centre for Modernism Studies Australia.


Semester Two 2014

6 August
Workshop: Ben Etherington (UWS) on Aimé Césaire
Webster 139, 5-7pm
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8 August
Symposium: Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism
Webster 327, 12:30pm-6pm
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13 August
Seminar: Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris)
John Goodsell LG19, 5-7pm

20 August
Seminar: David Carter (Queensland)
John Goodsell LG19, 5-7pm

3 September
Workshop: Arka Chattopadhyay (UWS) on Beckett, Worstward Ho
Webster 332, 5-7pm

17 September
Seminar: Sex in the Age of Fordism
Benjamin Kahan (Louisiana State)
Tyree Building LG05, 5-6.30pm

24 September
Workshop: Helen Rydstrand (UNSW) on D. H. Lawrence
Webster 332, 5-7pm

2 October
Symposium: The Idea of the Literary Review
Webster 327, 9-5pm; Webster B, 5-7pm

8 October
Masterclass: Grace Hellyer (UNSW) on Jacques Rancière #1
Webster 332, 5-7pm

22 October
Masterclass: Grace Hellyer (UNSW) on Jacques Rancière #2
Webster 332, 5-7pm

10 November
Seminar: Richard Barney (Albany/SUNY)
Webster A, 5-7pm

18 November
Seminar: Derek Attridge (York)
Webster A, 5-7pm

3 December
Co-hosted by Humanities and Languages
Masterclass: Andrew Webber (Cambridge) on Freud’s “Delusion and Dream in Jensen’s ‘Gradiva’”
Webster 306, 5-7pm

5 December
Seminar: Sara Crangle (Sussex)
Webster A, 5-7pm

10 December
Seminar: David Trotter (Cambridge)
Webster A, 5-7pm


Semester One 2014

25 March
CMSA Workshop: "New Orleans's Oddities"
Aaron Nyerges (Sydney)
4-6pm, Webster 139 

9 April
CMSA Seminar - Creole Modernism
Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford)
Webster B, 5-7pm
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14 April
CMSA Masterclass - Samuel Beckett and Radio
Mathew Feldman (Teeside)
Quad 1001, 1-3pm
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16 April
CMSA Seminar - Samuel Beckett and Radio
Mathew Feldman (Teeside)
Webster B, 5-7pm
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30 April
CMSA Workshop: Ezra Pound’s Cathay
Kristin Grogan (UNSW)
5-7pm, Webster 306
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28 May
CMSA Seminar
Paul Giles (Sydney)
5-7pm, Webster B

11 June
CMSA Workshop: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Capitalist Bildungsroman
Tamlyn Avery (UNSW)
5-7pm, Webster 306
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30 July
CMSA Seminar
Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
5-7pm

6 August
CMSA Workshop: "Aimé Césaire's A Return to the Native Land"
Ben Etherington (UWS)
4-6pm

3 September
CMSA Workshop - "Samuel Beckett's Worstward Ho"
Arka Chattopadhyay (UWS)

20 August
CMSA Seminar
David Carter (University of Queensland)
5-7pm

18 November
CMSA Seminar
Derek Attridge (University of York)
5-7pm

3 December
CMSA Masterclass - "Freud's Delusion and Dream in Jensen's 'Gradiva'"
Andrew Webber (University of Cambridge)

FAQs

Is there a guiding aim for the SAM Seminars?

The goal is for the seminars to be interdisciplinary, to appeal across the various disciplines in SAM

Who attends/who can attend?

Attendees typically consist of a number of academic staff, researchers, visiting scholars, as well as Honours/Masters/PhD level students. However, all are welcome to attend the SAM Seminars.

What is the format of the SAM Seminars?

A number of different formats are used:

  1. Talk/Presentation/Performance for 40 minutes to an hour, followed by Q&A.
  2. 3-person Panel organised around a common theme or topic, with each panelist delivering a 20-minute paper, with Q&A.
  3. Hallway Conversations: 3-person Roundtable Discussion centered around a keyword, with the three speakers from different areas talking informally about their take on this keyword in their discipline.
  4. Interview with an invited speaker, industry practitioner or creative artist, with the interviewer being someone from the School.
  5. A Presenter/Respondent session: A Presenter delivers a paper/talk for 30-45 minutes, and a Respondent has 15 minutes to comment on and reflect on the paper/talk, followed by audience Q&A

Who do I contact?

For any inquiries, proposals or expressions of interest, please contact SAM Seminar Convenor, Collin Chua – c.chua@unsw.edu.au