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Posted on 25 Jan 2017 in

Cinema in Practice – CALL FOR PAPERS

SFU’s new student run Film Academic Journal, Cinema in Practice, is asking for papers. Here are the details and guidelines.

Cinema in Practice is looking for critical writings on film from undergraduate students from Simon Fraser University to publish in our first issue. We are currently accepting any recently written articles pertaining to film, cinema, or filmmaking to be selected for publication. Between five to seven articles will be selected blindly by the Selection Committee Members, alongside the Editor-in-Chief and Academic Advisor.

How to apply: Submissions should be directed towards, with the subject line stating submission and author’s name. General inquiries about the journal and submissions are welcome, as well.

Submission Guidelines:

● Papers focused on film studies, cinema, or filmmaking
● Have been written in the past year (January 2016 - Present)
● Word count of 500-4000
● Follow MLA guidelines, including a detailed works cited page
● Open to all SFU undergraduate students, other than C inema in Practice staff
● Maximum of two essay submissions per student


Posted on 10 Jan 2017 in

New intersession class

FPA 305-3: Exploration in Contemporary Arts: "Making Monsters in Popular Culture: Normal/Abnormal & Pedagogy"
Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-5:20
Pre rec: 45 units or permission of instructor

From Thumbelina in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales to Capitan Hook in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to Alaster “Mad Eye” Moody in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, characters with disabilities are consistently represented as playthings, outsiders, or monsters in popular cultural texts for youth. This interdisciplinary course seeks to examine familiar stereotypical representations and to understand how popular texts teach about dis/ability outside of the formal school setting. Given the wide circulation of images and narratives of dis/ability in children’s culture, it is imperative for educators and others to understand how such representations of dis/ability work to reify certain kinds of bodies and behaviors as “normal.”

This course is co-taught by Elizabeth Marshall, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Rob Kitsos, Associate Professor in the School of Contemporary Arts. Students will have a traditional “academic” introduction to theories of dis/ability and will be immersed in critical analyses of children’s books, film, and toys on Tuesdays. On Thursdays, students meet at Woodward’s and work through the course material with sound, lighting, movement, and other arts based modalities. The goal is for undergraduate students from education and a range of arts disciplines to critically examine and reimagine how dis/ability is represented young people’s cultures as a way to begin challenging ‘normal.’