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UC Santa Barbara, California 93106

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June 2018

Lukács and the World: Rethinking Global Circuits of Cultural Production

June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Lukacs and the World

It is again time to take serious account of the thought of Georg Lukács. Thanks, no doubt, to the persistence of Frederic Jameson’s defense, the waning of intellectual currents generally hostile to Lukács including certain strains of American cultural studies, post-Marxism, and poststructuralism, as well as the mounting pressure being brought to bear on modernism as an unproblematically valorized cultural-historical category, the last few years have seen something of a renaissance in Lukács studies. From special editions of journals, ambitious…

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October 2018

Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm

October 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Newsfilm

In the twentieth century, U.S. filmmakers generated tens of thousands of hours of newsfilm that was screened in movie theaters or viewed on television sets across the country. This vast output of news coverage, covering the period from the 1910s to the 1970s, has not been matched by a scholarly effort to understand it. To address this persistent oversight, this symposium will, for the first time in the United States, bring together many of the nation’s leading newsfilm scholars and…

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November 2018

Mediating Extraction

November 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Mediating Extraction

Join us for a panel and discussion about the ways that film, photography and new media inform how industrial extraction and its environmental and social consequences are witnessed, documented, and memorialized. The panel includes presentations by: Sharon Daniel (Film + Media, UC Santa Cruz) on her interactive documentary work-in-progress about social and environmental challenges in the isolated Inupiaq village of Kivalina, Alaska. Mona Damluji (Film and Media Studies) on the cultural infrastructure of corporate media sponsorship and oil extraction in Iraq.…

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Through and Beyond the Politics of Carbon

November 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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This panel presentation is part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective.

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February 2019

Mellon Sawyer Seminar EnergyJustice in Global Perspective, Hydro Symposium:

February 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Free
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April 2019

Display – 7th Biennial Conference of the Media Fields Collective

April 4, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - April 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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April 4 & 5, 2019

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November 2021

Digital Image as Material Object: Archaeologies of Computer Graphics – Jacob Gaboury, Dept. of Film & Media, University of California at Berkeley

November 10, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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The computer is not a visual medium. And yet computation as we know it today has been fundamentally shaped by computer graphics. It was the desire to make computation legible and accessible to human users that drove researchers to develop systems for graphical human-machine communication, and while visual representation is in no way essential to the theory of computing or the practice of procedural calculation, computer graphics played a significant role in the development of the computer as a technical…

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April 2022

A Roundtable Discussion with Filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako

April 29 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Abderrahmane Sissako

Please join us for a 90-minute roundtable discussion with the renowned filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, who was born in Mauritania, raised in Mali, and currently resides in France. He is the director and writer of a number of award winning films including Life on Earth (1999), Waiting for Happiness (2002), Bamako (2006), and Timbuktu (2014). He recently staged his first opera, Le Vol du Boli that is currently being staged in Paris at the Théâtre de la Ville, and is in…

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October 2022

Satyajit Ray and the Sense of Wonder

October 13 - October 15
Annenberg Conference Room, 4315 Social Science and Media Studies Building
UC Santa Barbara, California 93106
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Satyajit Ray and the Sense of Wonder

This three-day conference and attendant film series have been organized to celebrate the birth centenary of the renowned Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921-1992). Most critical evaluations of Ray, which tend to focus on his films while overlooking his considerable literary and design outputs, have consecrated him as a modernist master or a postcolonial auteur. Such discussions are often couched in terms of modernity and tradition, Orientalism and nativism, objectivity and irrationality, skepticism and enchantment, art cinema and popular cinema. Instead,…

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