The most recent Theory & Event (vol. 16.4, 2013) includes a detailed and strongly positive review of Alessandra Raengo’s book, On the Sleeve of the Visual (Dartmouth 2013).  The review concludes:  “Through a fierce empiricism and the articulation of an aesthetic practice and historical consciousness that highlights resistance to racism, Raengo is able to demonstrate the need for a paradigm shift to the shadow as vehicle of mimesis and identify the myriad ways in which this need is being met through artistic practice. In the end, On the Sleeve of the Visual does not wear its value on its sleeve, but its depths are valuable nonetheless, both in terms of political potential and conceptual possibility.”  The full review is available in Project Muse at this link:

Houda Abadi successfully defended her dissertation prospectus last week.  Abadi proposes to examine the communicative dynamics of the Arab Spring by concentrating on rural activists (in contrast to a lot of the other scholarship, which has tended to read it as a wholly urban and tech-savvy phenomenon).  Prof. Carol Winkler is the project adviser.  Abadi leaves in a couple weeks to undertake field ethnographic research in Morocco.

An essay by Michael Bruner and co-authored with Susan Balter-Reitz appears in the new issue of Rhetoric and Public Affairs (vol. 16.4, 2013). The article is entitled “Snyder v. Phelps: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Spectacular Erasure of the Tragic Spectacle.”

Mina Ivanova successfully defended her dissertation prospectus on Tuesday, 12/10/13.  Her dissertation, advised by Prof. Michael Bruner, will undertake a Lacanian rhetorical analysis of the debates over war on Iraq.

Soo-Keung Jung, completing M.A. studies in the department, has published an essay in the Fall 2013 (vol. 3.2) issue of the Journal of Peace and Unification.  The essay is entitled “A Content Analysis of International News on North Korean Central TV: New Leadership’s Perception of the World.”  The content analysis reveals the way in which North Korea’s international programming affirms socialist and so-called Third World national policies over and against those of the so-called First World, thereby framing the regime’s particular policy preferences.

Two undergraduate alumni of the GSU film program, Nathan Honnoldand Alex Zhuravlov, got some positive buzz for their project, LaDonna, in the November/December 2013 issue of Film Comment. As the project was being put together, Daniel Robin was among the faculty who provided mentorship. More here:


Ben Miller (English & Communication) received word last week that he will receive a College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Early Career Award. Congratulations!


Chris Toula participated in the Rhetoric and Politics (Modern) Division at the firstRhetoric in Europe conference, held October 9-13, 2013, at the University of Saarland, in Saarbruken Germany.  The event was organized by the Institute of European Rhetoric at the university, with plans to publish the proceedings, and the conference drew many European and American scholars (nearly 200 total attendees). Toula presented two research papers at the conference:   “The Constitutive Rhetoric of the London Riots: The Dual Cases of Tariq Jahan and Prime Minister David Cameron” and “A ‘Chorus of execration’: The Continuing Relevance of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood Speech.”  These essays had their genesis in doctoral seminars taught byMary Stuckey and James Darsey, respectively.

An impressively high number of GSU faculty and graduate students recently received word that their research has been accepted for presentation at the forthcoming Society for Cinema and Media Studiesnational conference, set for Seattle, March 19-23, 2014.  They include:


o   Ian Peters: “Total Media Consumption: Theme Cafes, Love Hotels, and Bodily Immersive Experiences.”

o   Arzu Karaduman: “From Psychoanalysis to Film-Philosophy: What if Cryptonymy?”

o   Justin Horton: “Vibration, Resonance, Deformation:  Deleuze’s Soundful Aesthetics”

o   Katharine Zakos: “The Wedding Industrial Complex, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ‘Say Yes to the Dress’”

o   Dorothy Hendricks: “Collect Them All!: Disney’s New Token Minorities”

o   Emily Bloom: “Speaking Oirish: The BBC Third Programme and Irish Drama”

o   Angelo Restivo: “Wong Kar-Wai: Sound + Image”

o   Phil Oppenheim: “Creating AuthentiCity: Wieden+Kennedy and the Branding of the People’s Republic of Portland”

o   Mary Feld: “Lee Daniels’ Precious and the Body of the American Citizen”

o   Alessandra Raengo: “Black Matters”

o   Amelia Arsenault: “Big Data and the Media Industries”

o   Sharon Shahaf, chairing a panel on “Exploring Transnational Television Histories,” and presenting a paper: “The Flexibility of the Unaffiliated: Homegrown Reality in Israel and the Global Spread of Reality TV”

o   Munib Rezaie: “Global Playground: Reevaluating the Multicultural Filmmaker in Terms of World Citizenship as a Global Ethic”

o   Adam Cottrell: “Repetition and Reprise in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Limits of Control’”

o   Jennifer Barker, “The Wandering Camera”

o   Vanessa Ament, chairing a panel on “Teaching Post Production Sound From a Sound Studies Perspective”

o   Leslie Marsh (from the GSU Modern & Classical Languages faculty): “Reordering (Social) Sensibilities: Balancing Realisms in “O Som Ao Redor’”

o   Maria Boyd: “The Third Wave of MTV: Entertainment Anywhere”

o   Lauren Cramer: “Race at the Interface: Rendering Blackness on,” and a panelist on “Alternative Modes of Online Publishing”

o   Matthew Smith: “Tortured Narrative: Controversy and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty”

o   Laurel Ahnert: “Machinic Vision and Ethical Understanding in Christian Frei’s ‘War Photographer’ (2001)”

Christopher Toula successfully defended his comprehensive examination on Friday, December 13.  Chris plans a dissertation focused on how the media cover anti-austerity policies and protests, with particular attention to continental European debates.

Last Friday (12/13/13), Tony Lemieux hosted a productive first meeting in our departmental offices of Atlanta-based researchers working on terrorism- and conflict-prevention-related scholarship.  The plan is more closely to coordinate the group’s work in the future by forming an Atlanta Conflict and Terrorism Research Consortium, so that potential grant and project collaborations can be facilitated.  Faculty from universities including Georgia Tech, Emory, Morehouse, and of course Georgia State University, participated.

The plans for the Maymester 2014 study abroad program in Istanbul and Budapest, which educates students about the nature of the global media industry and is organized by Shawn Powers in partnership with colleagues in the GSU Robinson College of Business, are successfully well underway. The main cohort has been selected after competitive interviews.  At this point, seventeen students have been chosen, ten of whom are majoring in journalism.