Dr Weiyu Zhang delivers keynote lecture to youth in Korea

Dr. Weiyu Zhang was invited to deliver a keynote lecture titled “Change, Youth, Failure, Excellence” at the 22nd International Youth Forum on August 18, 2011.

The forum is an annual event organised by The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and The National Council of Youth Organisations in Korea. Over one hundred youth from thirty-one countries participated in this event.

The full transcript of the talk can be found at http://www.weiyuzhang.net/uploads/2/2/2/7/222747/a_talk_prepared_for_the_22nd_international_youth_forum.doc

Mr Gui Kai Chong addresses grassroots leaders on new media initiatives

CNM lecturer Mr Gui Kai Chong was recently invited by the People’s Association (PA) to give a guest presentation on how to make use of new media to engage better with residents in Singapore. Held on 26 July 2011, this “New Media Sharing Session” was organised by the association for grassroots leaders and PA’s staff involved in new media initiatives.

Mr Gui with Mr Yam at the Power Up! session

Mr Gui with Mr Yam at the Power Up! session

In the above photo, Mr Gui is with Mr Yam Ah Mee, the Chief Executive Director of People’s Association and the Returning Officer for Singapore’s General Elections 2011. Mr Yam became a overnight celebrity in Singapore after the General Elections because remixed music videos of his ‘monotone’ delivery of election results went viral online, causing a sensation in Singapore that was reported even in the mainstream media.

Research talk by Dr. Brian Yecies

“Detective Methods for Researching Film and New Media Culture in Korea, 1893-1948”

Date and time:

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

15:30pm – 16:30pm


CNM Playroom, AS6/03-38


The recently published Routledge book Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948, of which Ae-Gyung Shim and I are co-authors, contemplates a wider view on the topic than previously known. It embraces a different set of research questions and offers a global (or perhaps glocal) perspective on the transformation of local and foreign film and ‘new’ media culture in Korea and its impact on Korean society. The analysis of new primary sources from archives and libraries in North America, Asia (Korea and Japan), Australia and the UK, have enabled us to push the boundaries of perceived wisdom in our field. In particular, the recent growth of communication technologies and digital databases combined with rigorous detective work – that is, the search for scarce information and evidence – have been key to this project. This research talk will illuminate my research journey and hopefully shed light on this remarkable and understudied topic.

About the speaker:

Dr. Brian Yecies

Senior Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

Wollongong, NSW 2522 Australia

Email: brian_yecies@uow.edu.au

Staff website: http://www.capstrans.edu.au/academics/UOW062151.html

Dr. Brian Yecies has an undergraduate degree in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University. During the 1990s, while working in the film and video industry in the US, he completed a Masters degree in journalism at the Ohio State University and a second Masters in media arts at the University of Arizona. Dr. Yecies received his PhD in cinema and media studies from La Trobe University in Australia in 2001, and then spent a year as a visiting English professor at Kyungpook National University in South Korea.

Dr. Yecies is currently a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He has published refereed academic articles and book chapters in the Journal of Korean Studies, Asian Cinema, Yonsei Institute of Media Arts New Korean Cinema Series, Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, Screening the Past: An Online Journal of Media and History, First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Korea Observer, Japan Focus, International Review of Korean Studies, and Acta Koreana. His research focuses on film and cultural policy in colonial and post-colonial Korea, the digital wave in Korea, and Hollywood’s expansion in Austral-Asia. Dr. Yecies has consulted for the Korean Film Archive, the Bussan International Film Commission and Industry Showcase (BIFCOM), the Jeonju Film Commission (JJFF), the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), as well as the NSW Film Illawarra film commission, and the Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival. He is a recipient of prestigious research grants from the Korea Foundation, the Asia Research Fund, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Australia-Korea Foundation. His book Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948 (with Ae-Gyung Shim) was published in 2011.

Call for papers for workshop – From SMS to Smartphones: Tracing the Impact and Developmental Trajectory of the Mobile Phone in Asia

Call for papers for workshop
From SMS to Smartphones:
Tracing the Impact and Developmental Trajectory
of the Mobile Phone in Asia

(DEADLINE: 15 September 2011)

Asia is widely regarded as a region that has enthusiastically embraced information technology. This observation is especially true of the region’s adoption and appropriation of the mobile phone. The affordability, versatility and ubiquity of the mobile phone has had a discernible impact on Asia. It has been widely deployed in virtually every aspect of everyday life, be it in commerce, politics, governance, education, religion, entertainment or recreation. Various noteworthy uses and ground-breaking applications of the mobile phone have emerged from both urban and rural parts of Asia. Going beyond the use of more basic mobile phone models and features, the smartphone, in particular, is diffusing through Asia at a rate exceeding the rest of the world. Bringing the idea of the ubiquitous web to fruition, the smartphone’s heightened connectivity and thriving app market are birthing yet more revolutionary uses of the mobile phone. While the rising adoption of the smartphone burgeons with potential for civic action, commercial enterprise, employment and educational opportunities and social service provision, challenges are also emerging for consumers, industries and governments alike.

Despite the significance of mobile phones in the Asian landscape, research on this topic  has been shaped by studies on the US and Scandinavia, while research on Asia is growing, but in its nascent stages. This workshop seeks to address the imbalance by bringing together researchers who are studying mobile phone trends in Asia and collectively, workshop participants will discuss and deliberate over the global implications of their research findings and the developmental trajectory of the mobile phone. The workshop aims to be multi-disciplinary and compact, comprising up to fifteen speakers who will have the opportunity for sustained discussion and engagement over two days.  The workshop will be held at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore from 13-14 February 2012. Selected papers will be developed and included in a special journal issue or edited volume.

Set within the Asian context, the workshop seeks to address questions including, but not limited to the following:

  • does a digital divide exist in Asia with regard to mobile phone penetration and usage trends and if so, how can and should they be remedied?
  • what are the implications of the development of mobiles — especially smartphones and mobile Internet — for contemporary media in Asia?
  • how is the growing proliferation of the smartphone facilitating unprecedented forms and scales of communication?
  • how are the location based services offered by smartphones altering user behaviour?
  • how does mobile Internet use complement and possibly complicate fixed location Internet use?
  • what implications does the growth of smartphone apps have for the cultural complexion of Asian countries?
  • to what extent do smartphones and the behaviour which they enable test the boundaries of existing regulatory frameworks?
  • how does the rising ubiquity of the smartphone and by implication, that of always-on, always-available Internet access challenge prevailing theoretical frameworks relating to inter alia, technology acceptance, mobility, communication, social influence and identity?


We invite those interested in participating in the workshop to submit original paper proposals which should include a title, an abstract of 500 words, a short biography of 250 words, and should be submitted using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please submit your proposal to Sun Sun Lim at sunlim@nus.edu.sg by 15 September 2011. Papers that have been selected will be notified by 30 September 2011. If accepted, the full paper must be submitted by 30 November 2011. Based on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds, partial or full funding is available for successful applicants. Full funding would cover air travel to Singapore by the most economical means, plus board and lodging for the duration of the workshop. Priority for funding will be accorded to applicants who are based in Asia.


Workshop Convenors

Associate Professor Sun Sun LIM (sunlim@nus.edu.sg)
Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore

Prof Gerard GOGGIN (gerard.goggin@sydney.edu.au)
Department of Communications, University of Sydney

CNM has BIG showing (again!) at FASS Awards Ceremony

Once again the CNM’s TAs had impressive winnings at the 2011 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Awards Ceremony, which was held on 12 August 2011.

Six CNM-ers won Excellent Graduate Students’ Teaching Awards: Carol Soon, Goh Tong Jee, Jodie Luu (second time), Siti Nurharnani, Joshua Wong, and Anuradha Rao (not in picture).

The winners with Dr Millie

The winners with Dr Millie

PhD student Shobha Vadrevu wins one of top 5 paper awards at ICA

Shobha Vadrevu (first year PhD student at CNM) presented a paper at the ICA conference in Boston this year entitled “Teacher Identity and Selective Strategies for Mediating Interactions with Students on Facebook”. Judged one of the Top 5 Papers submitted to the Instructional and Developmental Communication Division, it won an award of US$400.

The paper focused on the implications of teachers’ use of social networking sites like Facebook to mediate communication with their students in informal contexts. It discussed the implications of teacher selection of Facebook menu options for teacher identity and interaction with students. Earlier work on identity, social penetration, and risk and opportunity in online settings was drawn on to develop a conceptual framework for analysing teacher strategies to control intimacy levels with their students. This paper drew on a study involving 12 secondary school teachers and their decisions regarding interactions with students on Facebook. It suggested that teacher selectivity of menu options, whilst enabling teachers to manage the dilemmas of merging their personal and professional identities in online social network environments like Facebook, also has the potential to generate ‘walled intimacies’ whereby some students have access to teachers and others do not.

Shobha is grateful to Dr. Dianne Carr and Dr. Wilma Clarke of the Institute of Education (London) as well as Professor Lim Sun Sun of the National University of Singapore for their guidance, insight and support.

Shobha presenting at the ICA

Shobha presenting at the ICA

Dr. T. T. Sreekumar’s research provides insight into the cultural dimesion of mobile technologies in rural India

Dr. T. T. Sreekumar conducted a study on the use of mobile phones by fishermen in Kerala, India, and found that mobile technologies had amplified the deeply ingrained impulse toward cooperation in their culture and enabled new modes of cooperation as well. The research report has recently been published in Information Society.

For more information about the research paper, please see http://ecology-conservation-environment.verticalnews.com/articles/5601266.html

And here are some photos taken during the field trip courtesy of Dr. T. T. Sreekumar.

Fish vendors

Fish workers

New Blog for CNM’s Interactive Media Design

CNM’s Interactive Media Design course of study has a new website which describes teachers, modules, module offerings for the coming year, suggested study plan, and other useful information.

Students who are interested in this course of study (or interested in taking the modules offered) should check out the site — especially the pages about “Modules offered in AY2011-12” and “Suggested study plan.” These can help students plan ahead in terms of scheduling and pre-requisites.

There are also some exciting changes in the works — so students should keep an eye on those pages!

CNM Interactive Media Design: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/cnmimd/