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Medieval Studies Spring Symposium: Medieval Media Revolutions
scheduled for Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT
<div>As in the early years of the internet, the development of writing in a given&nbsp;culture initially tends to facilitate certain kinds of transactions among&nbsp;certain specific users. But media revolutions &ndash; now and in the past &ndash;&nbsp;occur because new recording technologies and communication networks&nbsp;encourage and facilitate innovative, unforeseen forms of activity. This&nbsp;symposium invites three distinguished visiting scholars to focus on&nbsp;movements that might be regarded as &ldquo;medieval media revolutions.&rdquo;&nbsp;Responses to each paper will be offered by Illinois medievalists working&nbsp;in analogous fields, with ample time for questions and discussion.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The symposium is free, but space is limited. Please contact Carol Symes if you plan to attend: <a href="mailto:symes@illinois.edu">symes@illinois.edu</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Invited speakers:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Warren Brown (CalTech), author of several books on conflict resolution and co-editor of&nbsp;<em>Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages</em>&nbsp;(2013);&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Christian de Pee (University of Michigan), author of&nbsp;<em>The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries</em>&nbsp;(2007);&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jessica Goldberg (UCLA), author of&nbsp;<em>Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their&nbsp;</em><em>Business World</em>&nbsp;(2013).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Program:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>10:00 WELCOME&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>10:15 WARREN BROWN, "OLD MEDIA PUT TO NEW USES:&nbsp;LEGAL FORM BOOKS IN CAROLINGIAN EUROPE"</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>response by REN&Eacute;E TRILLING (Department of English)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>12:00 LUNCH&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1:00 CHRISTIAN DE PEE, "NOTEBOOKS (BIJI) AND THE CHANGING&nbsp;GEOGRAPHY OF KNOWLEDGE IN ELEVENTH-CENTURY CHINA"</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>response by ELIZABETH OYLER (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2:45 COFFEE&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3:15 JESSICA GOLDBERG, "OF SHIPS AND (NO) SEALING WAX:&nbsp;CONSIDERING THE MANY PARTS OF AN ISLAMICATE MEDIA REVOLUTION"</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>response by MAURO NOBILI (Department of History)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>5:00 CONCLUDING DISCUSSION &amp; REFRESHMENT&nbsp;</div>
Panel Discussion: European Funding Models and Cooperation Possibilities
scheduled for Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:30:00 CDT
<p>Since 2013, TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is in negotiation. Once approved, TTIP will have consequences for most realms of the daily lives of US citizens and 500 million Europeans. Besides cutting tariffs across all sectors, TTIP could affect food, product, environmental, digital and safety standards, as well as arts and culture, in particular film. TTIP might challenge Europe&rsquo;s film industry which relies heavily on public funding. Movie making in the US it is a flourishing economy run and financed by private producers and corporations. A signed trade agreement could do away with public funding of film production in the EU, creating consequences for both, European and American filmmaker. <br />While TTIP&rsquo;s impact on the film industry is hardly talked about in the US, it has triggered substantial discussions amongst film makers, artists and cultural institutions in Europe.</p> <p>A panel of European and international experts and filmmakers presents the pro and cons to the Chicago public.</p> <p>Moderator <strong>Anna Westerst&aring;hl Stenport</strong> is the Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on modern European film, literature, theater, media, and culture. She holds faculty appointments in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Media, and Fine and Applied Arts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Zbigniew Banas</strong>, Loyola University, focuses on Polish and European Cinema. Besides doing research on contemporary Polish cinema, he works internationally as a film critic. He has also served as a jury member and press conference moderator at several film festivals, both in the U.S. and in Europe.</p> <p><strong>Jens Kiefer</strong> is a funding consultant at the regional film fund Filmf&ouml;rderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein being responsible for German feature film productions. He is also a member of the selection committee of the Kuratorium junger Deutscher Film and has formerly been managing director of the International Short Film Festival Hamburg.</p> <p><strong>Bruce Sheridan</strong> writes, produces and directs for the screen. He won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless. Other credits include Head Games (with Steve James) and Kubuku Rides (with Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Films). He is Chair of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College Chicago.</p>
CHAMP Conference: Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy
scheduled for Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:00:00 CDT
<p>Heritage has entered a new stage of expediency, efficiency, and entrepreneurship. Although countries still scramble and compete to get their historic monuments inscribed on UNESCO&rsquo;s World Heritage List, &ldquo;site preservation&rdquo; is no longer the driving impetus for listing as it was when the World Heritage Convention was drafted in 1972 and for decades following.</p> <p>In recent years, national prestige, geopolitical assertion and, especially, economic development through tourism at these sites trump preservation as the rationales of attention to heritage. New claims to cultural heritage are asserted while old claims undergo revision so as to stay relevant. New cultural heritage management strategies are promoting &ldquo;optimization&rdquo; with a goal of being &ldquo;useful.&rdquo; Thus, we see the adoption of novel strategies and market models aimed at making heritage sites productive. We approach these ideas through the lens of Europe.</p> <p>Moreover, as social media and websites enable new forms of international interest and individual and community empowerment, cultural heritage is being recrafted for the 21st century&rsquo;s global knowledge economy. Traditional narratives of national identity around heritage sites are being challenged by new interpretations and their performative manifestations in real space and virtual space. New intellectual property titles for traditional performances and traditional goods are now combined with information age resources. Digital era transformations are unsettling relations between entrepreneurial logics, local heritage preservation and national and international markets.</p> <p>These shifting dynamics merit analysis and discussion. CHAMP offers this conference as a vehicle for their exploration.</p> <p>9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks</p> <ul> <li><strong>Helaine Silverman</strong> (Director, CHAMP)</li> <li><strong>Matthew Rosenstein</strong> (Associate Director, European Union Center)<br /><br /></li> </ul> <p><strong>9:10-9:30 a.m.</strong><br /><em>The European Heritage Label</em><br /><strong>Jacqueline Pacaud</strong> (European Heritage Label/European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Brussels)<br />9:30- 9:40 a.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>9:40-10:00 a.m.</strong><br /><em>European Capitals of Culture</em><br /><strong>Ulrich Fuchs</strong> (Program Director &ndash; Marseille-Provence, European Capital of Culture 2013)<br />10:00-10:10 a.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>10:10-10:30 a.m.</strong><br /><em>Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme</em><br /><strong>Eleonora Berti</strong> (Council of Europe Cultural Routes Project Coordinator, European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg)<br />10:30-10:40 a.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br />10:40-10:50 a.m. <strong>COFFEE BREAK</strong><br /> <br /><strong>10:50-11:10 a.m.</strong><br /><em>Marketing Heritage: Historic Royal Palaces&rsquo; &ldquo;Poppies&rdquo; Celebration of the WWI Centenary</em><br /><strong>Cele Otnes</strong> (Business Administration, UIUC)<br />11:10-11:20 a.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>11:20-11:40 a.m.</strong><br /><em>The European Union: Institutions and Governance</em><br /><strong>Robert Pahre</strong> (Political Science, UIUC)<br />11:40-11:50 a.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br />12-1:30 p.m. <strong>LUNCH BREAK</strong><br /> <br /><strong>1:30-1:50 p.m.</strong><br /><em>Historic Royal Palaces: After Heritage</em><br /><strong>Paul Kapp</strong> (Architecture, UIUC) <br />1:50-2:00 p.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>2:00 &ndash; 2:20 p.m.</strong><br /><em>Local Land, Culture and Heritage as Pathways to Digital Literacy</em><br /><strong>Anita Say Chan</strong> (Media and Cinema Studies, UIUC)<br />2:20-2:30 <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>2:30- 2:50 p.m.</strong><br /><em>Adapting Digital Platforms for Heritage Research and Pedagogy</em><br /><strong>Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska</strong> (Graduate Program in Historical Administration, EIU)<br />2:50-3:00 p.m. <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br /><strong>3:00-3:20 p.m.</strong><br /><em>Cultural Heritage and The Innovator&rsquo;s Dilemma</em><br /><strong>Michael Twidale</strong> (Library and Information Science, UIUC)<br />3:20-3:30 <em>Discussion</em><br /> <br />3:30-4:00 p.m. <strong>BREAK</strong><br /> <br /><strong>4:00-5:00 p.m.</strong><br /><em>Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Anita Say Chan</em> (Media and Cinema Studies, UIUC)<br /><strong>KEYNOTE:The Knowledge Economy and its Cultures: Neoliberalism, Heritage and the Proprietary Imagination</strong><br /><strong>Rosemary J. Coombe</strong> (Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture,<br />York University, Canada)</p>
“Utopias and Revolutions” Professional Development Workshop: The Experience of Revolution: Imagining, Seeking, and Making Utopia
scheduled for Sat, 02 May 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>The workshop will explore questions of revolution and utopia across history and across the globe, with a particular focus on primary sources that bring people's motives and experiences to life and can awaken student thinking and exploration. The workshop will include an overview of how the concepts of "revolution" and "utopia" have been imagined by people in different social, historical, and geographic contexts. The workshop will feature four sessions on reading and teaching primary documents connected to particular examples and issues. The particular areas of focus will be African-American social movements in the US, Iran and other Islamic revolutions, youth movements at the end of communism in the Balkans, and the Arab Spring. Documents will be framed and contextualized by faculty presenters, who will lead a discussion on ways they can stimulate discussion in a secondary classroom.</p> <p>Featuring panels and discussions on the following topics: <br /><strong>Experiencing Revolution, Experiencing Utopia</strong> <br />Prof. Mark Steinberg, Department of History, University of Illinois Coordinator, Center for Historical Interpretation</p> <p><strong>African American Movements in the United States</strong> <br />Prof.&nbsp;Sundiata Cha-Jua, Department of History and Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign</p> <p><strong>Youth Movements at the End of Communism in the Balkans</strong> <br />Prof. Jessica Greenberg, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign</p> <p><strong> Iran and Islamic Revolutions</strong> <br />Prof. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Department of History and Department of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign</p> <p><strong>Social Media and the Arab Spring</strong> <br />Prof. Linda Herrera, Department of Education Policy and Organization, and Leadership &amp; Director of Global Studies in Education</p> <p>The objectives of the workshop are 1) an exploration of the connections between utopia and revolution across different periods and regions. 2) a discussion of ways to contextualize and connect primary source documents 3) an exploration into the many different kinds of sources that may enliven the teaching of histories of revolution and utopia. <br /><br />Instructors will leave with an array of primary source materials that can be used in the classroom to prompt student engagement with &ldquo;revolution and utopia&rdquo; across history. The presenters will help contextualize these primary source materials as well as provide discussion space to develop concrete ideas as to how these topics might be approached in the classroom.</p> <p>Information about Global Utopias is available on <a href="http://globalutopias.weebly.com/">their website</a>.</p> <p><em>This workshop offers ISBE professional development units for participating teachers.</em></p>
Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
scheduled for Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:30:00 CDT
<p>The Department of Spanish and Portuguese will host the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium from September 24 &ndash; 27, 2015. HLS is an annual conference with a focus on theoretical and applied linguistics in Spanish and Portuguese.</p>

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