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2/19/15

Digital Assembly Spring 2015 Workshop: “Changing the Game”
4:00–7:00pm, Thursday, February 19th, Dauer 215
11:00–1:00pm, Friday, February 20th, Dauer 215

The Digital Assembly’s Spring 2015 workshop will introduce attendees to contemporary approaches for studying digital games and demo how to design and modify game hardware and software. The workshop will feature presentations by Professor Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida), Professor Stephanie Boluk (Pratt Institute), and Patrick LeMieux (Duke University) that introduce alternative ways of repurposing digital games. This workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

2/26/15

E-Poetry Master Class with John Cayley, Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University
5–7 PM, Marston Library Conference & Visualization Room L-136

Celebrated electronic poet and theorist of digital writing John Cayley will lead a virtual e-poetry master class for Terry Harpold and Alin Dobra’s jointly-taught “Data Mining & Digital Poetics” graduate seminar. Speaking remotely from his offices at Brown University, Professor Cayley will discuss the technical and creative arc of his electronic and print poetry and critical writings, and possible futures of computational literary practice, particularly the use of large-scale network transactions to enable—or to inhibit—new writing methods.

The master class, held in the new Marston Library Visualization Room, is open to all UF students and faculty. Seating will be limited; please arrive early. For more information on the master class, including a list of recommended advance readings, contact Terry Harpold. This event is jointly sponsored by the Departments of English and Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.

2/26/15–2/27/15

James Joyce, Science Fiction, Cultural Studies, and other Modernist Wonders: A Symposium in Honor of R. Brandon Kershner.”

A two-day symposium that will bring together former UF students, major modernist scholars, and other special guests to celebrate the long career and continuing legacy of our colleague, Brandy Kershner. A full schedule of events and participant biographies can be found on the symposium website.

2/26/15–2/28/15

Pedagogy 24 Times Per Second: Film and Media in the Classroom

Join the Graduate Film Studies Group and our guest graduate students, professors, and program directors for a three-day conference exploring the relationship between scholarship and pedagogy in the field of Film and Media Studies. You can meet with us Thursday–Saturday in Pugh 210 to hear presentations and to participate in workshops and roundtable discussions on practical issues related to film and media pedagogy. Keynote speakers Phil Solomon, Lucy Fischer, and Francesco Casetti will cap each day of the conference with presentations in Ustler Hall. Please see the conference webpage for a full schedule of events.

3/12/15

E-Poetry Master Class with Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media & Director of The Trope Tank, MIT
4:30–6:30 PM, Marston Library Conference & Visualization Room L-136

Celebrated electronic poet, interactive fiction author and theorist, and computing platform historian Nick Montfort will lead a virtual e-poetry master class for Terry Harpold and Alin Dobra’s jointly-taught “Data Mining & Digital Poetics” graduate seminar. Speaking remotely from the 2015 Interrupt digital arts symposium at Brown University, Professor Montfort will discuss the technical and creative arc of his electronic and print poetry and critical writings, and the emergence of new poetic forms by way of small- and large-scale computational practices.

The master class, held in the new Marston Library Visualization Room, is open to all UF students and faculty. Seating will be limited; please arrive early. For more information on the master class, including a list of recommended advance readings, contact Terry Harpold. This event is jointly sponsored by the Departments of English and Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. 

3/16/15–3/17/15

“After the Curtain: Post-1989 Fantastic Fiction in Poland.”

Paweł Frelik, Marie Curie Skłodowska University, Poland. Time & location TBA. On Tuesday, March 17, Professor Frelik will lead a lunchtime seminar on “Polish vs. Anglo-/Francophone Conceptions of the Fantastic in Film.” For more information, see the Science Fiction Working Group WWW site.

3/26/15–3/28/15

17th annual conference of the Marxist Reading Group: Enthusiasm for Revolution. Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28th. Keynote Speakers are Jodi Dean and Eric Cazdyn. Additional information available soon at this page

4/9/15

“Queer cinema and the Spaces of Europe”
Karl Schoonover (University of Warwick) and Rosalind Galt (King’s College London)
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5:00–7:00pm, Smathers Library East 100

Abstract:
Queer cinema creates worlds. It intervenes in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will explore how contemporary queer films are imagining Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. It will analyze border-crossing films (e.g. Dvojina, Unveiled, Edge of Heaven), considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. In interrogating queer European cinema, it will consider both art films (She Male Snails, Wedding Song) and popular genres, such as the lesbian romcom (Stud Life, I Can't Think Straight) and the gay road movie (Parade, Adventures of Felix). By examining a range of cinematic styles and genres, the talk will draw out queer cinema’s richly varied responses to debates on homonationalism, multiculturalism, and queer belonging in today’s Europe.

Bios:
Karl Schoonoveris an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). He has published essays in numerous anthologies and in journals such as Art Journal, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Screen. His research interests include theories of cinematic time, the politics of film style, and the emergence of ‘world cinema’ as an institutional category.

Rosalind Galt is Reader in Film Studies at the King’s College London. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (Columbia UP, 2006) and Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal, and Discourse. Her research interests include the intersections of film theory and aesthetics, postwar world cinemas, and European avant-garde movements.

Funding and contact info:
The lecture is co-sponsered by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union-funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida, the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at mennel@ufl.edu or Amie Kreppel at kreppel@ufl.edu.

4/10/15–4/12/15

The Graduate Comics Organization at the University of Florida will be hosting the 12th annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Read but Seldom Seen: Diversity and Representation in Comics and Related Media,” from Friday, April 10th, 2015 to Sunday, April 12th, 2015. Panels will be held in Pugh 210, and evening keynotes will be held in the Ustler auditorium. Confirmed guest speakers Sheena C. Howard and Jose Alaniz will be speaking at the event. For more details, please see the conference page.

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