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12jul12:30 pm- 1:30 pmVisiting guest lecture: Associate Professor Titus Chen

Time

(Thursday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location

RMIT University - Council Chamber

(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Organizer

RMIT University Digital Ethnography Research Centre

Event Details

Chinese language media in the Australian cyberspace: diaspora media as a form of thought engineering.

This lecture applies quantitative text analytics and interpretive discourse analysis to map out the content structure and discursive pattern of three popular WeChat Official Accounts in Australia. Arguably this is the first project that conducts empirical studies on the content of Chinese-language diaspora media in Australia, with the aim of scoping the extent to which Chinese migrants are exposed to Beijing’s authoritarian influence via digital channels of communication.


Titus C. Chen (Ph.D., UC-Irvine) is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. Dr. Chen specialises in Chinese politics, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian international relations & regionalism, text analytics, and digital discourse analysis. Currently Dr. Chen is carrying out two research projects, one examines the Chinese government’s thought engineering campaigns through information and communication technology, and the other inquires into the discursive and practical patterns of China’s authoritarian human rights politics.

25jul12:30 pm- 1:30 pmDERC Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar William Lempert (Bowdoin College)

Time

(Wednesday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location

RMIT University - Council Chamber

(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Event Details

Indigenous Cinemas of the Future

Over the last several years, Indigenous filmmakers have explicitly drawn on science fiction genres. Engaging recent short films depicting noncolonial encounters of the third kind and alternative utopian/dystopian futures, William discusses how Indigenous sci-fi provides a creative and subversive mode of representation. This genre helps to reimagine collective assumptions about Indigenous futures, while also providing a cultural mirror for reassessing the nature and limitations of Western future imaginaries. Drawing on over a decade of collaborative ethnographic fieldwork with Aboriginal Australian and Native American filmmakers, William broadens this discussion to engage larger contemporary Indigenous issues in Australia including treaty, sovereignty, justice, and the future.


William Lempert is a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation, Palya Futures: The Social Life of Kimberley Aboriginal Media, is based on 28 months of ethnographic research in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia between 2006-2018. He followed the social lifecycles of dozens of film projects through daily collaboration within production teams to understand the stakes of Aboriginal self-representation embedded within the process of media making. He will be starting as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College this August.

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