IIPC Debates, Spring 2014

Here’s a list of forthcoming Spring IIPC Debates, warm welcome!!!


IIPC Debate #52

Professor Richard Grusin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA):
The Dark Side of Digital Culture

Thu 27 March, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Professor Richard Grusin is the head of the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA). Professor Grusin received his Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley, and has held faculty appointments at the College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Wayne State (where he chaired the Department of English from 2001 to 2008). He is the author of four books:
– Transcendentalist Hermeneutics: Institutional Authority and the Higher Criticism of the Bible (Duke, 1991).
– Remediation: Understanding New Media (MIT, 1999), co-authored with Jay David Bolter.
– Culture, Technology, and the Creation of America’s National Parks (Cambridge, 2004).
– Premediation: Affect and Mediality After 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Homepage of the Center:


IIPC Debate #53

Wed 9 April, 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Dr Leung Wing-Fai (University College Cork, Ireland):

The Global Influences of Multimedia Stardom in Hong Kong


The presentation elaborates the distinction between multimedia stardom and celebrity, asserting that in Hong Kong stardom has been central in the production and consumption of local media, while demonstrating the importance of Hong Kong stardom as part of transnational popular culture, albeit under restricted terms. By examining stars such as Chow Yun-fat, Jackie Chan and Maggie Cheung, I shall question whether Hong Kong stardom in the global arena is, like Chineseness in Hollywood cinema, ‘an empty concept without a specific ethnic object’ (Lo 2005, 136).


Leung Wing-Fai is Lecturer in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University College Cork, Ireland. She was previously postdoctoral researcher at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland after completing her doctoral thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She was Lecturer and Research Associate of the British Film Institute and the Creative Industries Research & Consultancy Unit, University of Hertfordshire.

She is currently writing a monograph on multi-media stardom in Hong Kong to be published by Routledge. She has co-edited with Leon Hunt, East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film (I.B. Tauris, 2008) and with Andy Willis, East Asian Film Stars (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Journal of Chinese Studies, Journal of Asian Cinema and Film International.
Leung Wing-Fai researches in the following subject areas: Chinese language media, including new media, and cinemas; Japanese and Korean films and popular culture; virtual work and digital labour, creativity and innovation in China. She is Member of Management Committee and Deputy Chair of Working Group ‘Creativity, Skills, Knowledge and New Occupational Identities’, EU COST Action on the Dynamics of Virtual Work.


IIPC Debate #54

Wed 23 April, 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)


Dosentti Harri Kalha (Helsingin yliopisto):

Uusi nainen näyttämöolentona: moderniteetti ja sukupuolijännitteet 1900-luvun alun Pariisissa

Mitä meillä oli ennen Madonnaa ja Lady Gagaa? Taidehistorioitsija Harri Kalha kuljettaa lukijansa sadan vuoden takaiseen kadonneeseen aikaan, jolloin puolimaailman varieteekaunottaret eli kokotit sekoittivat miesten pään.

Elettiin ”kaunista aikaa” (Belle Époque 1871–1914). Huikentelevaisen maailmankulttuurin pääkaupunki ei ollut New York vaan Pariisi, johon perustettiin kuuluisat kabareet Folies Bergère ja Moulin Rouge. Jacques Offenbach sävelsi aikakauden tunnukseksi nousseen cancanin.

Dosentti Kalha on visuaalisten representaatioiden tutkija, joka tarkentaa katseensa hyveellisen ja paheellisen naiskuvan historiaan. Sata vuotta sitten housuihin pukeutuminen, tupakointi ja huulipuna olivat paheellisen naisen varmoja tuntomerkkejä.


IIPC Debate #55

Mon 28 April 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Dr  Katariina Kyrölä (University of Turku, Finland):
Feeling Through Media Images: Affect and Body Image as (Auto)Ethnographic Methodology


Dr. Katariina Kyrölä’s is Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland) at Media Studies, University of Turku. Kyrölä has also taught Cinema and Media Studies at Stockholm University in 2010–2013 and was Visiting Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2012. She is the author of The Weight of Images (2014, Ashgate, this debate is the book launch event!) and the co-editor of Koolla on väliä! (Size Matters! 2007, Like, with Hannele Harjunen). She has written several articles in English and Finnish on feminist media theory, embodiment, sexuality, and fat studies, and her postdoctoral research addresses the methodology of studying media ‘impact’ through the concept of body image.


More info on The Weight of Images:


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