Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Cohort Finalized

Please join us in welcoming our brilliant and talented new cohort of graduate students:

Jesse Balzer
Iris Bull
Blake Hallinan
Katie Johnson
Saul Kutnicki
Jon Lisi
Linsey Pullum
Lora Smith
Alyssa Waddill

Welcome aboard!

Monday, April 14, 2014

CFP: C-SPAN Education Foundation

Call for Papers and Announcement of Research Grants
from the C-SPAN Education Foundation

The C-SPAN Archives and Purdue University will award grants of $2,500 each for ten papers using the C-SPAN Video Library to be presented at a conference held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, November 16-18, 2014. The conference will take place just before the 100th anniversary meeting of the National Communication Association meeting in Chicago so that comunication scholars can attend both meetings. However, the call for papers is open to political science, communication, history, information sciences, and other social science scholars.

Papers must utilize the C-SPAN Video Library (www.c-span.org) to analyze C-SPAN video or data derrived from the C-SPAN video. Scholars selected for the awards must be able to make copies of their papers available to other conference participants prior to the conference and attend the conference to present their results and interact with the other participants. The conference will pay for all meals, but selected participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging. Modest priced rooms are available in the Purdue Memorial Union.

The conference will be open to other registrants who wish to attend. It will convene in the evening of Sunday November 16, continue Monday, November 17 with presentations, a tour of the C-SPAN Archives, and an evening dinner with a keynote speaker. The conference will conclude by 2:00 PM on Tuesday to allow participants to either travel to Chicago or catch planes in Indianapolis to return home.

Researchers seeking to apply for these grants made possible from the C-SPAN Education Foundation should submit a brief vita and a brief proposal in which they outline the proposed research, how it will utilize the C-SPAN Video Library, and how this research advances knowledge of a research question in their field.

A committee of faculty from the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science will review the proposals. Proposals should be submitted by May 15, 2014 and decisions will be made by the end of May to ensure participants time to work on the research.

All papers should acknowledge that funding was made possible in part by the C-SPAN Education Foundation.

Proposals and any questions should be submitted electronically to Professor Robert X Browning, Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science (rxb@purdue.edu) .


Speakers: Daphna Yeshua-Katz and Teresa Lynch
Friday, April 18 
Room: RTV 226
Talks begin at 12:30 pm

Light refreshments served starting at 12:15 pm
Everyone is invited to this Friday’s session of the Media Arts & Sciences Speaker Series, featuring Daphna Yeshua-Katz and Teresa Lynch. Light refreshments will be served at 12:15 pm. Our speakers will commence at  12:30 pm. The session will wrap at
1:45 pm. Please
forward this announcement to colleagues and students who may be interested. Looking forward to seeing everyone in RTV 226.


Title: A Study of the Pro-anorexia Community

Abstract: Media scholars often employ concepts from Goffman’s dramaturgical approach to study online communities of stigmatized individuals as “backstage” and refuge from social disapproval. The goal of this presentation is to extend this view through an examination of conversations with pro-ana bloggers, an online community for people with eating disorders. This analysis takes on the challenge of fusing Goffman’s ideas about identity performance and stigma with more recent theories about boundary maintenance, in finding out how the pro-ana community uses an online environment that is both anonymous and public. In-depth interviews with pro-ana members reveal that in order to protect this virtual group and resist the stigma associated with their illness and with their online presence, they construct their own norms and rules in the online realm.


Title: Nothing to fear? An analysis of frightening video game experiences

Abstract: A survey of 269 college-aged individuals was conducted to examine reports of fright experiences caused by video games. The results of the study reveal that, similar to other media, video games can indeed evoke fear experiences with over half of the participants reporting game-induced fear. Sex, sensation seeking, and empathy all emerged as important individual differences in fright experience in terms of enjoyment of frightening content, consumption of frightening content, and frequency of fright experience. Participants identified interactivity as a significant contributor to fear.
Presentations of realism in terms of both graphical integrity and real world potentiality evoked fear. This study provides the first identification of game titles, stimuli, and features specific to this medium that affect the fright experience.

International Greening Education Event 2014

A three day International Greening Education Event will be held from 29th to 31st of October 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together academic community, policy makers, representatives of international development agencies, senior members of academic institutions, administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals and other stakeholders from around the world. 

The event provides an exclusive forum to: Examine how global issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and other major challenges are affecting education sector; deliberate on how to embed sustainability in curricula, courses and learning and teaching material; debate on the ways to make educational institutions as one of the key leaders in finding long lasting solutions to evolving environmental, social and economic challenges; share best practices; and get insights on how education is being reshaped to meet the requirements of the 21st century.
Further to knowledge sharing, the upcoming event also provides an excellent networking opportunity with academic community, sustainable development practitioners and other stakeholders in Europe and beyond. An optional excursion/ get-together will take place on Saturday the 1st of November 2014.
You are cordially invited to attend this international event and/ or nominate member(s) of your institution.
For further information, please see the event details.

 Or contact via email: sustainability@etechgermany.net

Employment Opportunity: University of Amsterdam

Assistant Professor of Television Studies (tenure-track)

Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam

The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with broad expertise in the area of Television Studies and interests in topics such as cross-media culture, visual analysis, cultural theory, media history, genre theory, qualitative audience research or recent developments in media content and technologies. She / he should be familiar with recent theoretical and critical approaches within Media Studies and the Humanities, and be capable to define her / his position within the disciplinary developments. The ideal candidate has demonstrable experience in teaching at various degree levels and a strong record of research and publication.

The deadline for applications is May 5, 2014.

Further information and application procedure:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gunderson Award Nominations: Deadline Extended


The CMCL Lecture and Colloquium Committee announces the opening of nominations for the two CMCL Gunderson awards for work in the last calendar year (Spring 2013-Fall 2013).

The Gunderson Awards are the top CMCL graduate student awards. We strongly encourage faculty to acknowledge your students’ achievements by nominating the best paper written in your graduate seminar(s) in 2013 for the Virginia Gunderson award. We also strongly encourage graduate students to nominate your best seminar paper written in 2013 for the Robert Gunderson award if it meets the criteria given below.

a)  The Virginia Gunderson Award is a faculty-nominated award for the best paper written in a CMCL graduate seminar in the past year.  Beyond the recognition for the student’s achievement, a $1,000 award is granted.  The winner of this award also will be expected to present her/his paper at the first CMCL colloquium in the Fall semester.  [Note: AMST also has a Virginia Gunderson Award; these are two different awards.  This call is only for the CMCL one, which is judged separately.]

b)  The Robert G. Gunderson Award is a self-nominated student award for a paper that was written for a CMCL graduate seminar; the student may or may not be a CMCL major.  Beyond the recognition of outstanding graduate student work, a small honorarium is granted to the winner.  The criteria used to judge this award will be: originality of its risky and interdisciplinary contribution to the study of public culture, as well as quality of writing and research overall.

Please, be aware also of the award rules:
* Students can only win one of these two awards per year;

* No student can win the same award two consecutive years.

* one paper cannot be submitted for both awards.  On this last point, if a faculty member nominates a student for the Virginia Gunderson award, the Lecture & Colloquium Committee will automatically withdraw the paper from the Robert Gunderson Award voting process.

For faculty: Please take a moment to think of the best paper written for your graduate seminar(s) in 2013, and if you consider it to be award-winning, advise the student to submit it for the Virginia Gunderson award by April 14th. Please think also of non-CMCL students in your seminar. That’s all you need to do – no letter, no report, only kudos. If your nominee wins you’ll be asked to present the award on May 1st, and to introduce the winner’s presentation to the department colloquium at the start of the fall semester.

For students: Submit three hard copies of the seminar paper to Jon Simons' mailbox with a separate title sheet including: (1) the name of the desired award on it; (2) the name of the student; and (3) the name of the Professor who is nominating the paper and/or the Professor who taught the graduate seminar for which it was written. There should be no identifying markers on the paper itself; these awards are judged anonymously. You should submit the paper as it was when you submitted it for your seminar assignment, rather than a version you may have been working on since then.

Deadline: Monday, April 14th.

This year’s L & C faculty members are Stephanie DeBoer, Liz Ellcessor, and Jon Simons.