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Exploring the creative and tactical integration of digital media and new technologies in the global south


Digital media has changed the everyday lives of millions of people worldwide, however the focus on these recent technological developments tends to emphasize the lives of those in first-world nations.

How is it that digital media, mobile technologies, and new cinematic forms of representation have changed the production and experience of art, economies, and culture in the global south?
Focusing on contemporary developments in digital media, and especially film and the arts, this symposium will explore the creative and tactical integration of digital media and new technologies through diverse topics such as:
New African cinema, Media creation and distribution in Southeast Asia and South America, and Films that engage a minoritarian viewpoint regardless of geopolitical origins.
A three-day event, the symposium begins formally with a film screening on the Michigan State University campus at 8:00 pm, Thursday, presented by the filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya). Two days of panels and speakers will follow Friday at MSU, and Saturday at the University of Michigan.
Outline of events:
April 3, Thursday Evening: Global Film Series/Film Collective Screening at MSU
April 4, Friday-Day: Symposium at Michigan State University, East Lansing
-Evening: Performance at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
April 5, Saturday: Symposium at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Full Schedule of Events:
April 3, Michigan State University

8pm - Film Screenings: Pumzi (2009), From a Whisper (2009). Speaker: Wanuri Kahiu (Skype discussion after films).

April 4, Michigan State University

9:15am-11:00am - Latin American and South Asian Cinema and Media. Speakers: Courtney Donoghue, Oakland University. Dennis Hanlon, University of St Andrews. Catherine Benamo, UC Irvine.
11:15am-1:00pm - North African, African, Middle Eastern, and US Minorities Media. Speakers: Peter Limbrick, UCSC. Mary Beltran, University of Texas. Jo Ellen Fair, University of Wisconsin.
2:00pm-3:45pm - South Asian Cinema and Media. Speakers: Swarnavel Pillai, Michigan State University. Amit Rai, University of London, Queen Mary. Anastup Basu, University of Illinois.
4:00pm-5:00pm - Keynote Address: "Recycling modernity: Pirate electronic cultures in India." Speaker: Ravi Sundaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
7:00pm - Artist talk: Emeka Ogboh. Conversation with Yesomi Umolu, Broad MSU Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

April 5, University of Michigan

9:30am-11:00am - The Cinematic Self. Speakers: Jean Marie Teno, Filmmaker, Cameroon. Melissa Thackway, Film critic / author, France.
11:15am-1:15pm - Cinematic Sites. Speakers: Nilo Couret, University of Michigan. Fernando, Arenas, University of Michigan. Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan. Onookome Okome, University of Alberta.
1:30pm-3:45pm - Film Screening: Grey Matter (2012). Speaker: Kivu Ruhorahoza, Director, writer and producer, Rwanda.
4:00pm-6:00pm - Cinematic Screens. Speakers: Beti Ellerson, Director of the Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema. Carmela Garritano, University of St. Thomas St Paul, MN. Mary Ellen Higgins, Penn State University.

more information...

Location: Various at MSU and U-M Ann Arbor
Price: FREE
Sponsor: public
Contact: Tina Newhauser
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