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Olivette Otele
Paris, juillet 2008

La Grande-Bretagne a célébré le bicentenaire de l’abolition de la traite
en 2007.

Cette commémoration fut le moment que choisit le gouvernement
britannique pour amorcer un processus de rassemblement des sujets de Sa
Majesté sur la question de l’identité britannique (britishness) et sur
le multiculturalisme, tout en essayant de revaloriser une histoire
coloniale glorifiée par les nostalgiques de l’Empire ou contestée par
les communautés minoritaires, mais rarement porteuse de principes
unificateurs. Cet anniversaire intervient plus de quatre siècles après
que les premiers bateaux anglais aient sillonné les côtes africaines en
quête de marchandises diverses, comme des épices ou des esclaves. De
quelle manière cette nation, tournée vers ses cousins continentaux,
parvient-elle à se sortir du marasme économique dans lequel elle est
plongée au XVIIe siècle : guerres de succession européennes et conflits
religieux, pour devenir la première puissance maritime, économique et
négrière, en particulier au XVIIIe siècle ?

L’histoire coloniale de l’Angleterre commence avec l’annexion des
territoires qui lui étaient géographiquement proches. Incorporés à la
couronne anglaise, le pays de Galles et l’Irlande se voient obligés de
participer à la conquête anglaise, au-delà de la Méditerranée et
outre-Atlantique. Officiellement uni à l’Écosse par l’acte d’Union en
1707, le Royaume-Uni domine les mers au cours de la même période. En ce
qui concerne le commerce négrier, le royaume s’est inspiré des méthodes
utilisées par les Portugais et les Hollandais afin de supplanter la
France, sa principale concurrente dans le domaine de la traite.

Cette étude est une invitation à porter un regard nuancé sur l’histoire
de ce commerce, en allant au-delà des considérations économiques et en
naviguant dans les eaux troubles de l’abolition de 1807, afin de
comprendre de quelle manière l’écriture de l’histoire du commerce
triangulaire britannique a bien souvent évité de s’attarder sur la
question éthique que pose le commerce d’êtres humains.

DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Sonjah Stanley-Niaah
University of Ottawa Press, August 2010

DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic.

Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices, politics, rituals, philosophies, and survival strategies that link Caribbean, African and African diasporic performance.
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Encountering Modernity

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Keyan Tomaselli
Critical Arts, Volume 23, Issue 1 March 2009 , pages 124 – 132

Twentieth Century South African Cinemas

A book describing the history of South African cinemas can never be about cinemas only, for the subject will always be intimately intertwined with its context, in this case 20th century South Africa. Keyan Tomaselli, one of the founders of cultural studies in SA, explores in this book how South African cinemas and films have been decidedly shaped by the country’s history. In turn, films have inspired their makers and audiences to understand, and come to terms with, the complex phenomenon of modernity.

Discussing film theory, narratives, audiences and key South African films and filmmakers, Tomaselli aptly demonstrates that the time has come to adapt a more ‘African’ view on African cinemas, since western theories and models cannot automatically be applied to an African context.

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The Hanging of Angélique

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Afua Cooper
University of Georgia Press

The untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montréal

In 1734, Montréal burned. A slave woman, Marie-Joseph Angélique, was blamed for the fire. Born in Portugal, bought and sold into the United States, then to New France, where she was baptized anew and given her new name, she was said to have put hot embers in the roof of her mistress’s house to seek revenge for having been sold yet again. After a two-month trial she was found guilty and sentenced to have her hand cut off before she was burned alive.

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De l’écrit à l’écran

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Alexie Tcheuyap
Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa

Les réécritures filmiques du roman africain francophone

De l’écrit à l’écran est le premier ouvrage qui aborde la problématique de la réécriture filmique du roman africain francophone. L’ouvrage est composé de deux parties indépendantes. Dans la première partie, l’auteur synthétise les oeuvres romanesques prééxistantes qui ont été adaptées a l’écran.

Dans la deuxième partie, qui s’articule sur trois temps, il se réfère aux idées de Comolli et de Habermas selon lesquelles la technologie et l’esthétique sont au service de l’idéologie pour allier culture et politique. L’auteur poursuit son argumentation en traitant de deux sujets particulièrement à propos: la place des femmes dans la société, la littérature et le cinéma africains, et l’aspect ludique dans ce cinéma complexe dans cette ère post-coloniale. Il se sert de la sémiologie de l’image, de la poétique et des théories post-coloniales pour définir les enjeux théoriques, idéologiques et sémantiques de la reprise filmique des textes littéraires. Il pose des paramètres importants dans la poétique de l’écriture et de la réécriture en montrant notamment le rôle de l’acte créateur dans l’altérite du texte d’arrivée dont la légitimite ne saurait tenir d’un média. L’ouvrage démontre que la réécriture est, de ce fait, transgénérique et transmédiatique.

Dialogue: Cultural Pedagogy

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

This video includes such reputable scholars as Arturo Escobar from the University of North Carolina, Meaghan Morris from Lingnan University, Ghassan Hage from the University of Sydney, Stephen Muecke from the Univeristy of Technology Sydney and Jodi Berland from York University.

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A lecture by Arturo Escobar

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

This is a video of the keynote lecture given by distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Arturo Escobar, at the 2008 XRoads conference at the University of West-Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

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Larry Grossberg on Cultural Studies

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Internationally renowned scholar of cultural studies and popular
culture, Larry Grossberg’s work focuses primarily on popular music and the politics of youth
in the United States. He is also widely known for his research in the philosophy of communication and culture. Though his scholarship focused significantly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s on the politics of postmodernism, his more recent work explores the possibilities and limitations of alternative and emergent formations of modernity.

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Olivette Otele: Promised Land Project

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

This video is a conversation with Olivette Otele, the European coordinator for the Promised Land Project.

This conversation was conducted by University of Ottawa professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri and his research assistants Virginie Mesana and Zaida Marquez.

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Nilesh Patel on his film Brocket 99

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

This video is a conversation by Nilesh Patel, a reputable Canadian indie filmmaker, about his documentary film, Brocket 99: Rockin’ the Country.

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A conversation with six filmmakers

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

The state of cultural race and representation in Australian cinema

This video is a conversation by notable Australian filmmakers, including Don Featherstone, Ray Lawrence, Nick Parsons, Jo Dyer and Michael James Rowland. It also includes reputable film critic Peter Castaldi.

It was conducted by University of Ottawa professor Boulou Ebanda de B’béri’s research assistants Virginie Mesana and Peter Hogart.

Imre Szeman

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Imre Szeman was a Senator William McMaster Chair of Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, where he has taught since 1999. He is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004, for the Institute on Globalization), and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005–7), among other awards. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies and a founding member of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.). Szeman is co-editor of Cultural Spaces, a book series published by University of Toronto Press, as well as co- editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies and a member of the editorial collective of the journal Mediations.

Dr. Szeman’s main areas of research are in globalization, visual cultural studies, contemporary popular culture, postcolonial studies, and social and cultural theory. He is author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003) and co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2004). He is also co-editor of Pierre Bourdieu: Fieldwork in Culture (2000), the second edition of the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2005), Global-Local Consumption (forthcoming 2008) and Canadian Cultural Studies: A Reader (forthcoming 2008).

Mahmoud Eid

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Mahmoud Eid is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Eid previously taught in the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in Regina, Saskatchewan, and in Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Ontario. His professional expertise lies in quantitative and qualitative research regarding the effects of mass media and social development. His teaching experience, research interests, and publications concentrate on international communication, media studies, communication research methods, terrorism, crisis management and conflict resolution, modernity, and the political economy of communication.

Dr. Eid is the editor of Global Media Journal — Canadian Edition. He is the series editor of Communication Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, the editor of Cybercultures, and co-editor of Introduction to Media Studies.

Dr. Eid’s current research aims at developing rational choices and strategies for Canadian communication decision-makers to use when faced with various potential transnational and internal terrorist situations.

Susheel Bibbs

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Susheel Bibbs is a former EMMY-award winning TV executive producer and is currently sponsored by the Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco. An accomplished actress and acclaimed classical singer, Dr. Bibbs has won both international notice for her singing and touring grants from the California Arts Council’s Touring and Presenting Program and others.

She holds a Ph.D. in Communications with emphasis in the Mass Communication of African-American and Diaspora history as well as advanced degrees in philosophy and music. Currently she lectures at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to the title “world’s foremost authority on Pleasant” given by the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, Susheel has also been given grants from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the National Parks Service as well as commendations for her contribution to women’s history from the L.A. Afro-American Museum and the City Museum of St. Louis.

Antoinette Sofia Okai-Koi

Posted by lamacs On June - 15 - 2010

Research Assistant

Antoinette contributed to the lab during her undergraduate degrees in Communication and Journalism.

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