Department News (1-9-17)

The latest issue of the Youth Theatre Journal (YTJ), Volume 30, Number 2, the scholarly publication associated with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), celebrates its thirtieth year of publication. Amy Petersen Jensen serves on the editorial board of the publication and as the Advocacy Director for AATE. AATE “serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.” In the latest YTJ issue, the publication look[s] back over the past thirty years and leans forward to the future. One of the articles includes a “Three-decade drama/theatre and (for/with/by/about) youth crowd-sourced timeline,” which includes several short essays about initiatives within theatre and education. Amy Petersen Jensen has written one of these on “Multimodal literacies and theatre/drama education.” Dr. Jensen quotes scholars in the field that have described “multimodal literacy as a shift from solely considering the written word as a text to a world in which gestures, images, and technologies made up the discourse that was produced across various platforms.” Other theatre scholars have “argued for educational theatre environments that practiced participatory democracy.” She concludes that “the development of multimodal literacies to comprehend and engage with digital landscapes will surely see much more investigation and elaboration in the coming century.”
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TMA will be interviewing two candidates, Kimball Jensen and Ian Pettigrew, for a one-year position for the academic year 2017-18 in the next few weeks. All full-time faculty are invited to attend the candidate presentations listed below.

Kimball Jensen
January 18-20, 2017

Wednesday, Jan 18
2:00-2:50 pm  2111 JKB Guest Lecture in TMA 295: History of the Moving Image

Thursday, Jan 19
3:00 – 3:50 pm  F-515 HFAC Job Talk with the Faculty

Kimball Maw Jensen is graduating this Fall semester from Claremont Graduate University after successfully defending her dissertation in cultural studies with a media studies emphasis. Interested in critical race theory, ethnic studies, and digital media, Kimball’s dissertation focused on Asian American YouTube producers who used the video-sharing site as a vehicle in racial identity definition and exploration. This research won her the $10,000 Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award from Claremont Graduate University. In addition to analyzing YouTube, Kimball is interested in popular media culture broadly, and fan communities, specifically. She has presented research on cosplay and received the James Weaver Graduate Essay Prize for her article on Harry Potter fandom. Much of her work across media studies and cultural studies addresses everyday media practices and spaces that allow individuals to push against gender and racial stereotypes. Prior to her doctoral work, Kimball received her M.A. from California State University, Fullerton in American Studies and a B.A. from Brigham Young University in American Studies and Media Arts.

Ian Pettigrew
January 25-27, 2017

Wednesday, Jan. 25
2:00-2:50 pm  2111 JKB Guest Lecture in TMA 295: History of the Moving Image

Thursday, Jan. 26
3:00 – 3:50 pm  F-515 HFAC Job Talk with the Faculty

Ian Pettigrew received his PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Miami two years ago. He received his Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Bristol in 2009 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts from BYU in 2006. He has spent the past two years teaching at two prestigious universities (Hangzhou Normal University and Zhejiang University) in Hangzhou, China. He is a peer reviewer for The Journal of Religion and Film and for the Asian Cinema Journal. He serves as a regional coordinator, for the mainland China area, for the Asian Cinema Studies Society. He has been published in The Journal of Religion and Film, Science Fiction Film and Television Journal, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and in the online media journal In Media Res. He has an article to the forthcoming edited collection East Goes West – Chinese Filmmakers in the United States that will be published by Hong Kong University Press. He also has a forthcoming book on the cinema of Ermanno Olmi that will be published by McFarland & Company.

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