Dom Alessio, Dean of International Programmes and Professor of History, gave a keynote speech this week at the University of Vienna for the annual conference of the New Zealand Studies Association. The paper was co-written with Dr. Wesley Renfro from St. John Fischer College, New York. Dom and Wes’s paper was entitled “‘The Island of thieves': Rethinking Empire and the United States in a South Pacific Context” and examined the way by which military bases were acquired in the region and the significance of such acquisitions – both historically (nuclear testing in the Cold War) and currently (Washington’s pivot to Asia).
Murder, drug cartels and misery counter Argentina’s claims of falling poverty
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s suggestion that Argentina’s poverty rate has been cut to less than 5% rings false with experts and locals alike.
Writing Visual Culture, Volume 6,
Between Texts and Cities
guest-edited by Dr Daniel Marques Sampaio and Michael Heilgemeir
WRITING VISUAL CULTURE (WVC) is an international peer-reviewed journal for research in visual culture.
“A Disconnected Community? (Re)visioning the Heygate Council Estate through Digital Activism”
From the wailing police sirens in The Bill (1984-2010), to the gun-toting bad boys in Top Boy (2011-2013), during the late 20th and early 21st century, London’s Heygate council estate was a stage on which to enact terrifying anxieties about crime and social deviance. As if in answer to these visualizations, in 2010 the government announced a £1.5 billion regeneration project that will transform the area into a “brand-new town centre” over the next fifteen years. By demolishing the Heygate and replacing it with mixed-income accommodations, the council aim to counteract the area’s association with concentrated poverty, organized crime and dependency on benefits. I propose that the dystopian vision of the Heygate in popular visual texts contributed to its notoriety in the nation’s visual imagination, and consequently helped to influence its socio-spatial restructure.
This article considers the visual activism of residents who respond to the dominant visualizations of their homes with counter-narratives centred on an attachment to place. I focus primarily on the website, Southwark Notes, a dynamic and malleable digital text that facilitates and makes visible citizen action and a sense of creative ownership over the rapidly changing urban landscape in Southwark. The site is a practical manifestation of what I call usable memory––a place where residents reminisce about their deeply rooted past, utilizing this historical attachment to place to unite and prevent the uprooting of community landmarks in the future.
THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015, 18.00
UPPER DINING HALL, ATLANTIC HOUSE, KENSINGTON CAMPUS
The FotoFocus Biennial launched in 2012 to present a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a non-profit organization, FotoFocus is dedicated to sponsoring and providing funds to institutions to produce photography exhibitions and events that are artistically and intellectually engaging, while also being enriching to a large and diverse public. For example, most recently FotoFocus was a proud supporter of the Screenings during Paris Photo LA in April 2014. In this lecture, the Executive Director of FotoFocus introduces the project, examines its contributions to date, and considers and its position as an international art fair.
Mary Ellen Goeke has worked for over twenty-five years with museums and art organizations in New York, Chicago, Hartford and Cincinnati. She has held a number of positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum and at the American Federation of Arts in New York, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Terra Museum of American Art/Musée d’Art Américain in Giverny. She established a private consulting practice in Cincinnati in established 2001. She graduate with an MA in Art History at Richmond University in 2006. Her thesis examined fine art museums and early 20th century photography: Aesthetics, Taste and Cultural Distinction: The Museum of Modern Art and An American Place Gallery, New York, 1929.
All are welcome. Wine will be served.
The battle for history: why Europe should resist the temptation to rewrite its own communist past
Earlier this month the Czech and Slovak governments criticised the airing of a Russian documentary on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, with the Slovak ministry of foreign affairs describing it as an attempt ‘to rewrite history’. Martin D. Brown writes that while the documentary was undoubtedly flawed, the diplomatic spat was symptomatic of a situation in which Russia has increasingly adopted a resolutely Soviet view of history, while post-Soviet states have supported the construction of a consciously anti-Soviet history built around the concept of totalitarianism. He argues that there is little to gain from EU states rewriting their own past simply to counter the Russian narrative.
Dr George Zhang delivered a presentiaon on frameworks of standards for international Chinese language learning and teaching at the 13th New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese (http://clta-gny.org/15conf/
Richmond student Blanca Lantero was recently hired to help make an important Guardian News Media documentary about Colombia’s Paramilitary death squad and its alleged connection to BP. The documentary was released on 22 May to coincide with a high court case in London against BP and can be seen here:
About her experience working with the Guardian team on this project, Blanca Lantero commented:
‘Through my professor’s working relationship with Guardian, I got a paid gig to work on this documentary. My job involved translating interviews and using video editing software. I loved working on this amazing project and doubt I would have gotten this experience had I not studied video production and cinema at Richmond.”
As part of the activities of the School of Business & Economics’ Wellbeing Research Cluster a round-table discussion on the general theme of migration has been arranged for Friday June 5th on the University’s Richmond campus (Lycett Room). The session will aim to address (through discussion rather than individual presentation of papers) a number of themes of wider interest, some of which have made headline news both nationally and internationally in recent weeks.
Program starts at 1000 and expected to end by around 1230.
The following non-exhaustive list of topics will feature:
1. Migration (political and neoclassical motivations)
2. Variations in migration patterns and links to climate change.
3. The political and economic need for measuring migration flows, and
4. Issues of data accuracy.
If you wish to attend please let Jacqui Ryan know (email@example.com)
Her article discusses the Academic Literacies Programme 4000 level course (ARW 4195) which is part of the Liberal Arts programme. She shows that this course is at the forefront of academic literacies provision and is a model for other universities
Congratulations to the following candidates who have been elected to office for Fall 2015.
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