In his book, From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry, Aswin Punathambekar analyzes the transformation of the national film industry in Bombay into a transnational and multi-media cultural enterprise, which has come to be known as Bollywood. Combining ethnographic, institutional, and textual analyses, he explores how relations between state institutions, the Indian diaspora, circuits of capital, and new media technologies and industries have reconfigured the Bombay-based industry’s geographic reach. Punathambekar is joined in conversation with Madhumita Lahir.Aswin Punathambekar is associate professor of communication studies at U-M. He is the co-editor of Global Bollywood (NYU Press, 2008). Madhumita Lahir is assistant professor of English at U-M.
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Claire Zimmerman, associate professor of history of art and architecture, talks with Krisztina Fehérváry, assistant professor of anthropology, about Zimmerman's book,Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century. In her book, Zimmerman reveals how photography profoundly influenced architectural design in the past century, playing an instrumental role in the evolution of modern architecture.
What Does it Mean to be Multiracial in a Monoracial World?
Part of a year-long series of events that explore what it means to be multiracial in a monoracial world. This faculty panel includes:
Martha Jones, Prof. of History and Afroamerican & African Studies, co-director of the Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History. Dr. Jones’ scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States and the Atlantic world.
Edward West, Thurnau Prof. of Art and Design. Professor West’s photographs and writing examine the lives and experiences of multiracial people around the world. His recent exhibit and publication, So Called, drew from his travels around the world photographing multiracial people.
Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, Director, Graduate Student Success, Rackham Graduate School, Lecturer, Oakland University. Dr. Kamimura-Jimenez’s research examines the college experience for multiracial students.
Cal Lee, associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, talks about the many tools and methods that can help to ensure that users "get to the good bits" of born-digital content.
Materials with cultural, administrative, scholarly and personal value are increasingly born digital. Libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) have unprecedented opportunities to acquire and preserve traces of human and associated machine activity through access to both consciously created electronic records and various other inscriptions that are the result of interactions with a computer. Likewise, researchers have unprecedented opportunities to discover and learn from those traces.
This talk highlights several methods and tools, with primary emphasis on the open-source BitCurator environment and BitCurator Access software. The BitCurator Environment is built on a stack of free and open source digital forensics tools and associated software libraries, modified and packaged for increased accessibility and functionality for collecting institutions.
A panel discussion on the portrayal of stigma, stereotypes, and bullying through the lens of Graphic Medicine (comics and graphic novels on health and healthcare topics), the classic comics (such as Marvel and DC Comics), as well as manga and independent comics. Panelists include:
Susan Brown, Librarian, Ypsilanti District Library
Dave Carter, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, University Library, University of Michigan
Anne Drozd, Ann Arbor District Library
Lloyd Shelton, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, University of Michigan
Patricia Anderson (moderator)
The nature of the Japan-U.S. Alliance is changing as Japan assumes a larger security role in the region. The emerging “entente” between China and South Korea will affect the strategic landscape of East Asia. How should the U.S. policy of rebalancing respond to the new security environment?
Masashi Nishihara is president of the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, Japan. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Experts and Eminent Persons Group of the ASEAN Regional Forum. Prior appointments include president of the National Defense Academy, chairman of the Japan Association of International Security, and member of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s Task Force on External Relations. Nishihara graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 with a PhD in political science.
Housing Supports for Students with Neurodiversity/ASD, with Ms. Stacy Fete, assistant director of Housing Education, University of Michigan
Improving Access and Providing Equitable College Experiences for Students with Neurodiversity/ASD, with a panel of faculty, staff, and students
Half-day conference on creating an equitable college experience for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The Needs of College Students on the Spectrum: What Faculty and Staff Need to Know, keynote address by Dr. Pamela Lemerand, associate professor, School of Health Sciences, Eastern Michigan University
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dada and Surrealism, Michael Lowy and Penelope Rosemont, whose works have defined the Surrealist movement of the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st, talk about surrealist women and Walter Benjamin.
Surrealist Women, lecture by Penelope Rosemont This year, the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Cafe Voltaire in Zurich and the beginning of Dada, women poets, writers, painters, dancers, even puppeteers need to be remembered for their contributions to these avant-guard movements. Yet their contributions are still neglected and often unknown. Hear about their past and continuing contributions to our expanding ideas sexual liberation, the future of women and the liberation of the human mind from Hannah Höch to Jayne Cortez and beyond.
Walter Benjamin and Surrealism (1929) : "a radical idea of freedom," lecture by Michael Lowy Walter Benjamin's essay on Surrealism from 1929 is a fascinating piece. The Jewish-German philosopher understood perfectly that Surrealism was not a literary affair, but a revolutionary movement of the spirit. "Since Bakunin, Europe lacks a radical idea of freedom. The Surrealists have it." For Benjamin, the greatest quality of surrealism is "to win for revolution the forces of intoxication."
Tung-Hui Hu examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our understanding of the cloud in his book, A Prehistory of the Cloud. We may imagine the digital cloud as placeless, mute, ethereal, and unmediated, yet the reality of the cloud is embodied in thousands of massive data centers, any one of which can use as much electricity as a midsized town. But even all these data centers are only one small part of the cloud. Megan Sapnar Ankerson will join the conversation with Hu.
Tung-Hui Hu, a former network engineer, is assistant professor of English at U-M and the recipient of a 2015 NEA literature fellowship.
Professor John Cheney-Lippold comes to Ann Arbor from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC to join the U-M cluster faculty in Digital Environments. His research and teaching explore the relationship between new media, technology, identity, and the concept of privacy. Professor Cheney-Lippold is currently completing a manuscript on how computer algorithms that employ personal data change the ways in which we understand and define categories like race, class, gender, and citizenship.