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April 23, 2008

INTERROGATION OF THE IMAGE

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I remember listening to Stuart Hall a few years back. He was lecturing on the notion of “representation.” Hall has always understood the ways in which power operates. Those, who have power in a society, influence and control representation. It is indeed a given that we live in an image saturated age. So how does […]

April 18, 2008

TRANSFORMATIVE PEDAGOGY & TRANSDISCIPLINARITY

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Thinking about university teaching, Alfred North Whitehead once wrote, “The Justification for the university is that it preserves the connection between zest of life, by uniting the young and the old in the imaginative consideration of learning.” Whitehead believed that a real pedagogy ought to be a transformative pedagogy. Henry Giroux argues that our task […]

April 16, 2008

THE POWER OF CINEMA

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The intersection of cultural studies (e.g., cinema studies) and social sciences offers the possibilities for scholar/practitioners to confront history as more than simulacrum and ethics as something other than the casualty of incommensurable language games. If we want to be agents of social change we need to assert a philosophy of life that makes the […]

April 6, 2008

FILM THINKING FOR ITSELF

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  As I was reorganizing my study—again– I came across some dusty research from a distant past. This was material on the impact of Dada and Surrealism on cinema. As it is well documented, all those European filmmakers of yesteryear who were heavily involved in Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism-let’s just say, Avant-Garde cinema-were profoundly influenced by Henri Bergson.  […]

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