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Waterloo and Laurier researchers at Congress 2012, May 30
May 29/12| For Immediate Release
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Shelley Grandy, Senior PR Advisor, University of Waterloo
WATERLOO – In addition to hosting Congress 2012, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo are showcasing researchers from their institutions who will present their work at Congress.
To assist the media in sourcing stories from local experts at Congress, UW and Laurier will provide a list of two or three researchers from each institution who are presenting the following day.
To arrange interviews with these researchers, or to source other local experts, please contact the UW and Laurier representatives listed below, or visit www.congress2012.ca To confirm lecture times and locations, please contact the Congress media room: email@example.com or 519-884-0710 ext. 4770.
FEATURED WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS PRESENTING WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Penelope Ironstone, Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Entertainment Education? Social Marketing, Pandemic Governmentality and Contagion (2011)
May 30, 10:45 a.m. Location: UW - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities, Room 1106
Ironstone’s talk explores the implications of using popular entertainments as media for health education and social marketing. In particular, she will critically examine the 2011 film Contagion in order to assess the ways in which the film is informed by and, in turn, informs, popular conceptions of pandemic disease.
Sandra Annett, Assistant Professor in Film Studies
Digital Dreams and the Nostalgia for Cinema in Hugo and Paprika
May 30, 3 p.m. Location: Laurier Science Building - Room N1001
This paper explores why recent 3D and digitally-animated hit films, such Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" and Satoshi Kon's "Paprika," reveal such a deep nostalgia for classic celluloid cinema, even in today's changing new media environment.
Alison Mountz, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration Studies, Associate Professor, Balsillie School for International Affairs & Laurier Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
The Island Detentions Project
May 30, 1:30 p.m. Location: Arts Building (WLU), Room 2C4
Laurier Professor Alison Mountz directs the island detentions project, which researches facilities off the shores of North America, Europe, and Australia where migrants are detained en route to sovereign territory. Mountz and other members of the project discuss the research in this group presentation.
FEATURED UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO RESEARCHERS PRESENTING WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
Marcel O’Gorman, Department of English Language and Literature
Dirty Bodies and Dead Media: Recent projects from the Critical Media Lab
May 30, 3:30 p.m. Location: Hagey Hall room 1104 (UW)
This presentation will explore digital media projects undertaken in the University of Waterloo’s Critical Media Lab, all inspired by an understanding of technology as pharmakon: that which can both cure and kill. The projects discussed in this proposal--from a penny-farthing bicycle wired for both biofeedback and existential dread to a twitter feed generated by residual radiation in a cancer clinic—draw on the pharmakonic nature of technology to present a therapeutics of care designed to short-circuit the contemporary notion that “innovation” can only mean “efficiency” and “marketability.”
Rick Helmes-Hayes, Department of Sociology
2011 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award Lecture: 2011 award recipient, Dr. Rick Helmes-Hayes
May 30, 5 p.m. Location: Peters Building (Laurier)
Rick Helmes-Hayes’s Measuring the Mosaic is a comprehensive intellectual biography of John Porter (1921-1979), author of The Vertical Mosaic (1965), and the pre-eminent English-language Canadian sociologist of his time. His biography offers a detailed account of his life and an analysis of his extensive writings on class, power, educational opportunity, social mobility and democracy.
Neil Randall, Department of English Language and Literature, Andy Houston, Department of Drama,
Organizing a Political Alternate Reality Game: Processes and Pitfalls
May 30, 4 p.m., Location: 202 Regina Street Room R138 (Laurier)
Alternate reality games (ARGs) are sometimes referred to as “mixed reality games” and are a form of pervasive games that exist primarily in the real world. A key feature of ARGs in particular is the “This is not a game” mentality, where the illusion that the game may be real is maintained by the designers and often the players, who may not see themselves as players at all. This session will discuss the planning, successes and failures of running a “politically sensitive” Alternate Reality Game. Taking the audience from concept through game planning and execution, we will invite input and discussion on ways to use ARGs to educate students and the public, and more generally how we can use games to effect social change.