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Research Roundup

We’ve been busy. Here’s a snapshot of some of the research that’s come out of the School in the first four months of 2016.

Three staff books!

Dr Pansy Duncan had a book published: The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film. Routledge, 2016.

Dr Jenny Lawn, J. had a book published: Neoliberalism and cultural transition in New Zealand literature, 1984-2008: Market fictions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Dr Allen Meek had a book published: Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life. Routledge, 2016.

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A number of exciting articles and book chapters by English and Media Studies staff

Dr Rand Hazou co-authored an article: ‘E(Lab)orating Performance: Transnationalism and Blended Learning in the Theatre Classroom’, Research in Drama Education 20.4. 1 December.

Dr Jenny Lawn co-edited a special journal issue on Neoliberal Culture/The Cultures of Neoliberalism: Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies 12. 1. She also wrote the introduction:  ‘Introduction: Neoliberal culture/the cultures of neoliberalism’. Sites 12.1, pp. 1-29.

Dr David Gruber had an article published: ‘The extent of engagement, the means of invention: Measuring debate about mirror neurons in the humanities and social sciences’.  Journal of Science Communication 15.2, A01. (February 2016).

Dr Nicholas Holm had an article published: ‘Humour as edge-work: aesthetics, joke-work and tendentiousness in Tosh.0’, Comedy Studies 7.1 (2016)

Dr Simon Sigley had an article published: ‘Programming (Bi)Cultural Memory: Remembrance, reinvention, and Commemorative Vigilance at the Film Archive, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 16.1 (2016). http://reconstruction.eserver.org/Issues/161/Sigley.shtml

Dr Philip Steer had an essay published: ‘Colonial Gothic’, in The World Novel until 1950, ed. Ralph Crane, Jane Stafford, and Mark Williams (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Staff presentations both local and international

Dr Kevin Glynn presented: ‘Costeño Media: Struggles for the Meanings of Blackness and Indigeneity on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast’, at ‘The Meaning of Blackness II’, International Conference, University of Costa Rica, 15 – 18 February.

Dr Kevin Glynn also presented: ‘Proliferating Nicaraguan Mediascapes: The FSLN, indigenous rights and media convergence’, at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual conference, San Francisco, USA, 29 March – 2 April.

Dr Alex Bevan presented: ‘Unglamorous Work: Media Labor’s Discontents’ and was a panel chair at the ‘Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference’, Atlanta, USA, 30 March – 3 April.

Dr Thom Conroy and Dr Ingrid Horrocks were panellists at the Ruapehu Writer’s Festival, Ohakune, 17 – 21 March. Thom spoke on a panel on ‘Fiction and Biography’ and Ingrid on one on ‘The Desert Road’, and on a special panel convened to discuss her forth-coming co-edited collection: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand.


The School hosted presentations on various campuses as part of the W.H. Oliver Research Academy Research Series

Friday Feb 26     Massimiano Bucchi, Newton’s Chicken. Communicating Science in the Kitchen

Friday 22 April    Nicola Legat, “Will you publish, um, books?” The first six months of the new Massey University Press and how it can support Humanities.

Friday 29 April    Leleiga Taito, An in-depth ethnographic study of the values, communication norms and safety attitudes of snowboarders.  This was part of her BC Honours Research.  Ms Taito received a GNS Science Scholarship and a College Summer Scholarship to produce a detailed written report and a series of video outputs.

Friday 6 May      Kyle Powys Whyte, Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: Basic Issues.

Tthe full programme and recordings of some of the seminars are available on the School of English and Media Studies website.


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