Ajou SSRI Colloquium Series Spring 2023
The Future of Archives
March & April (Zoom) / May (Hybrid)
As a part of an international, interdisciplinary research project, “The Historicization of Excavated Footage and the Future of Archives,” this colloquium series invites profound scholars from diverse backgrounds, who have conducted archival research on film and other audiovisual media, sought new theoretical and methodological approaches on film archiving and database construction, and/or experimented alternative historiographical methods to challenge the commonly misdriven narratives of public memory.
Dr. Sudarat Musikawong
Sudarat Musikawong is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Population and Social Research at Mahidol University in Thailand. Her research examines two forms of justice: historical justice in the public sphere in Thailand (regarding past state violence) and migrant worker justice. She positions her investigations within cultural-political sociology and ethnographic research. Her publications connect macro-socio-economic historical conditions, social political national circumstances in state violence and memory, migration, labor justice, and cultural production.
Dr. Shota T. Ogawa
Shota Tsai Ogawa is Associate Professor in Screen Studies at Nagoya University. His research interests include diasporic filmmakers in contemporary Japan, the archival turn in cinema studies, and the travelogue mode across imperial cinemas. His writings on these subjects have appeared in journals such as Screen, Media Fields Journal, and Japan Focus: The Asia-Pacific Journal among others. With Joanne Bernardi he is co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema (Routledge, 2021).
Dr. Mark J. Williams
Mark Williams has published widely on film and media history, and at Dartmouth, he directed the foundational digital humanities Cyber-Disciplinarity Humanities Institute, founded an e-journal, The Journal of e-Media Studies, co-edited the book series Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture, and received a Scholarly Innovation and Advancement award and two Neukom grants to build Media Ecology Project (MEP). With John Bell he developed the NEH-funded Semantic Annotation Tool (SAT). They subsequently received two NEH advancement grants to develop SAT for studies of early cinema and civil rights era newsfilm. (See their 2021 essay in Digital Humanities Quarterly for addition details.) A new MEP project is studying the international motion picture legacies of the US Information Agency. With Prof. Ayo Coly, he recently received a Dean of the Faculty Award to develop a new interdisciplinary course on “The Idea of Africa.”