[csaa-forum] NDP seminar series: Associate Professor Anne Cranny-Francis and Dr. Sue Saltmarsh

Cristyn Davies c.m.davies at uws.edu.au
Thu Sep 21 15:41:03 CST 2006

Please come to part three of our fabulous new seminar series:

Narrative, Discourse and Pedagogy seminar series
Wednesday 27th September
4-6pm Building 23, conference room 1
University of Western Sydney Bankstown campus

Mapping Cultural Auracy:  the sonic politics of The Day the Earth Stood Still

Associate Professor Anne Cranny-Francis, Department of Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University
Anna Kassabian writes in Hearing Film (2001) that "classical Hollywood film music is a semiotic code, and that it can and should be subjected to various semiotic and cultural studies methods, such as discourse analysis and ideology critique" (p. 36).  This paper examines the sound of a particular Hollywood film - the B-Grade 1950 science fiction 'classic', The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - in order to perform the kind of analysis Kassabian demands - but also to argue that the analysis needs to encompass not only music, but all sonic elements of the film.  Further, the paper argues for development of a cultural auracy that will complement studies of verbal and visual literacies in multimodal and multimedia texts.

Anne is Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is a Senior Researcher, with expertise in the analysis of textual practice -- how a wide range of texts (books, magazines, films, television programs, websites) make meanings for their audience; and in the understanding of how audiences interact with those texts. This is the basis of her eighteen years of academic practice, her teaching and her publications which include five books and numerous articles and papers. Recent work has included the analysis of multimedia texts, particularly of institutional web sites and critical analysis of museum exhibitions and heritage sites. Anne conducts the Cultural Analysis for User Insite.

Becoming economic subjects: agency, consumption and popular culture in early childhood

Dr Sue Saltmarsh, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney
This paper considers how young children in early childhood education draw on their knowledge of popular texts and consumer goods in their constitution of subjectivities and social relations. The paper draws on poststructuralist theories of subjectivity, agency, consumption and power in the work of Michel Foucault, Michel de Certeau and Judith Butler, to explore how performative practices of consumption figure in the constitution of economically oriented subjectivities. Drawing on data from an ethnographic study of early childhood education in linguistically and culturally diverse communities in Greater Western Sydney, the paper considers how economic discourse informs children's cultural knowledges, shaping the 'techniques of the self' through their engagement with commercially available images and products. The argument is made that children make strategic use of their knowledge of popular culture and its potential to locate them advantageously in material and symbolic econ!
 omies, and that the deployment of symbolic and material goods that shapes children's modes of dress, play, and conversation is an important means of rendering oneself intelligible within normative discourses of economic participation.

Dr. Sue Saltmarsh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her research concerns the discursive production of subjectivities and social relations, with particular reference to issues of educational consumption, institutional violence and social justice. Her doctoral dissertation Complicit Institutions: Representation, Consumption & the Production of School Violence was recently awarded the Macquarie University Vice Chancellor's Commendation for Academic Excellence and the Australian Association of Researchers in Education (AARE) Doctoral Thesis Award 2005. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the function of texts and textual practices in the gendered and racialised production of young people's subjectivities in the outer metropolitan region of Greater Western Sydney. 

Cristyn Davies 
Research Officer
Narrative, Discourse and Pedagogy Research Concentration 
University of Western Sydney-
Bankstown AUSTRALIA 
Ph. 61 2 9772 6784 
Fax. 61 2 9772 6738 
Email: c.m.davies at uws.edu.au 

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