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Aca-Media is a monthly podcast sponsored by the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies that presents an academic perspective on media. Hosts Christine Becker and Michael Kackman explore current scholarship, issues in the media industries, questions in pedagogy, professional development, and events in the world of media studies. Questions and comments can be sent to info@aca-media.org.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 51: A Culture of Access

We move into fall with two fantastic interviews for you. First, Elizabeth Ellcessor talks with Margaret Price about disability and accessibility in academia, paying special attention to academic careers and the experiences of disabled faculty. We then talk with Catherine Grant in order to revisit the launch of [in]Transition five years on, discussing the state of videographic criticism as well as experiments with open access and peer review. Finally, Chris and Michael banter about “The Good Class,” Chris’s course (mentioned by THE Ted Danson!) on NBC’s "The Good Place."

68 MINOCT 28
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Ep. 51: A Culture of Access

Aca-Media Ep. 50: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Aca-Media is turning 50! For our fiftieth episode, we talk with past SCMS president Pam Wojcik about the past and future of the organization. Then we bring you an interview with Usha Iyer about Bollywood, screen dance studies, “unwarping the non-western,” and much, much more—it’s a fascinating and wide-ranging interview. Finally, Chris and Michael banter about Chris’ class on “The Good Place” and Michael’s take on “Russian Doll.” Give it a listen: it will make you a better person!

61 MINSEP 7
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Aca-Media Ep. 50: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Ep. 49: Pretty Good for the Dog Days of Summer

Both segments featured in this episode reference “how the sausage gets made,” so prepare to learn a lot. We first hear from Juan Llamas-Rodriguez about how a seminar paper becomes a Journal of Cinema and Media Studies article, as well as how the Mexico-based theater chain Cinépolis has spread a luxury cinema model around the globe. Then Nedda Ahmed and Chris Cagle talk with Joel Neville Anderson about the financial complexities behind the Kanopy streaming service and the importance of fostering lines of communication between instructors and librarians. Chris and Michael wrap it all up with help from Scout the Wonder Dog, who is an expert in how the sausage gets eaten.

83 MINJUL 23
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Ep. 49: Pretty Good for the Dog Days of Summer

Ep. 48: Double the FOMO

Chris and Michael flash back to SCMS Seattle, where a group of scholars sat down to talk about TV’s global future and conferencegoers crossed paths with Emerald City Comic-Con. First up, a roundtable featuring Derek Kompare, Catherine Johnson, Petr Szczepanik, Bärbel Goebel Stolz, and Liz Evans chatting about online streaming and how it might affect commercial and public service broadcasting as technology and audiences forge ahead. Following that, Chris gets a first-hand report on the intertwined conference and comic-con experience from Paul Booth and Matt Hills. Finally, make sure you check out the links for the episode and the photos tucked in there, where you’ll see a whole new concept of getting dressed up for a conference presentation.

81 MINMAY 7
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Ep. 48: Double the FOMO

Ep. 47: We Are a Sleep-Deprived Group

Chris has relearned how to sleep, and she’s back behind the Aca-Media mic. She and Michael bring you interviews with Alfred Martin and Michael Newman, members of the SCMS Katherine Singer Kovács Essay and Book Award committees respectively, as well as the inspiring backstory of the awards’ namesake. Then we head back in time to just before the 2014 SCMS conference, when we told you all about things to do in Seattle. Luckily, not that much has changed in the Emerald City since then, and Perry Como’s “Seattle” is still a killer earworm, so we’ve included the whole segment again on the eve of the 2019 SCMS conference. If you’re headed to Seattle, you’ll definitely want to listen to this one on your trip there to maximize the recommendations.

66 MINMAR 13
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Ep. 47: We Are a Sleep-Deprived Group

Ep. 46: New Year, New Opportunities

Aca-Media is back to ring in 2019! Join our hosts Michael Kackman and guest host Stephanie Brown as they explore what it means to build and nurture communities inside and outside academia. We first talk with scholar/filmmaker/activist/all-around legend B. Ruby Rich from UC-Santa Cruz about her illustrious career, representation and diversity in academia and industry, Film Quarterly and cross-cultural exchange, and the “dignity of the image” in a global context. We then hear from Derek Kompare on his experience as chair of the SMU Meadows Film and Media Arts department. We delve into the administrative, social, and even emotional aspects of this rewarding and critical role, providing some guidance on how to make it a success.

64 MINJAN 19
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Ep. 46: New Year, New Opportunities

Ep. 45: Be Good to Each Other

As fall semesters kick off, we’re back with the second part of Producer Stephanie Brown’s two-part series on job searching in this precarious academic job market! Stephanie takes us back into a multi-layered conversation with the job seekers, adjuncts, and search-committee members from the last episode as well as some new faces. After a montage of concrete advice for job seekers and search-committee members to make the process more bearable, our guests share their experiences with alternative career paths, open access publishing, and much more. Stayed tuned until the end for a happy ending!

41 MIN2018 SEP 15
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Ep. 45: Be Good to Each Other

Ep. 44: Can a Game Make You Cry?

Share this one with everyone you know who is on the academic job market! We present the first of a two-part series on job searches, with advice and empathy from those who are currently contending with the vagaries of the market. Producer Stephanie Brown talks with job seekers, adjuncts, and search-committee members in order to gain insight into the often frustrating process of gaining academic employment.Commiseration is provided! Then Christine Becker talks with Felan Parker about his newCJarticle on Roger Ebert and the wars over video games as "art," including their relevance for more recent cultural struggles over games and gamers.

60 MIN2018 JUL 27
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Ep. 44: Can a Game Make You Cry?

Ep. 43: Very Special Episode

Aca-Media presents a Very Special Episode, albeit one without an easy, “feel-good” ending. The topic is precarity in academia. We bring you three segments: a roundtable (with Jamie Rogers, Jennifer Hyland Wang, and Bruce Brasell) on contingent and precarious academic labor (and what SCMS might do about it), an interview with Alex Russo on the turmoil at Catholic University, and a report from Brett Mills on the UCU strike in the UK.

83 MIN2018 JUN 16
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Ep. 43: Very Special Episode

Ep. 42: We’re All in This Together

As spring zooms along as a semester and lags behind as a season, we bring you a new episode of Aca-Media with two segments that speak to our current times. First, we present different reflections on and strategies for “Teaching in Trump Times,” composed of submissions from educators across cinema and media studies, representing diverse contexts and experiences in the field. Second, from Fieldnotes, the ongoing oral history project by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, we present a wide-ranging interview with Hamid Naficy conducted by Kaveh Askari. http://www.aca-media.org/episode42

58 MIN2018 APR 20
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Ep. 42: We’re All in This Together

Latest Episodes

Ep. 51: A Culture of Access

We move into fall with two fantastic interviews for you. First, Elizabeth Ellcessor talks with Margaret Price about disability and accessibility in academia, paying special attention to academic careers and the experiences of disabled faculty. We then talk with Catherine Grant in order to revisit the launch of [in]Transition five years on, discussing the state of videographic criticism as well as experiments with open access and peer review. Finally, Chris and Michael banter about “The Good Class,” Chris’s course (mentioned by THE Ted Danson!) on NBC’s "The Good Place."

68 MINOCT 28
Comments
Ep. 51: A Culture of Access

Aca-Media Ep. 50: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Aca-Media is turning 50! For our fiftieth episode, we talk with past SCMS president Pam Wojcik about the past and future of the organization. Then we bring you an interview with Usha Iyer about Bollywood, screen dance studies, “unwarping the non-western,” and much, much more—it’s a fascinating and wide-ranging interview. Finally, Chris and Michael banter about Chris’ class on “The Good Place” and Michael’s take on “Russian Doll.” Give it a listen: it will make you a better person!

61 MINSEP 7
Comments
Aca-Media Ep. 50: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Ep. 49: Pretty Good for the Dog Days of Summer

Both segments featured in this episode reference “how the sausage gets made,” so prepare to learn a lot. We first hear from Juan Llamas-Rodriguez about how a seminar paper becomes a Journal of Cinema and Media Studies article, as well as how the Mexico-based theater chain Cinépolis has spread a luxury cinema model around the globe. Then Nedda Ahmed and Chris Cagle talk with Joel Neville Anderson about the financial complexities behind the Kanopy streaming service and the importance of fostering lines of communication between instructors and librarians. Chris and Michael wrap it all up with help from Scout the Wonder Dog, who is an expert in how the sausage gets eaten.

83 MINJUL 23
Comments
Ep. 49: Pretty Good for the Dog Days of Summer

Ep. 48: Double the FOMO

Chris and Michael flash back to SCMS Seattle, where a group of scholars sat down to talk about TV’s global future and conferencegoers crossed paths with Emerald City Comic-Con. First up, a roundtable featuring Derek Kompare, Catherine Johnson, Petr Szczepanik, Bärbel Goebel Stolz, and Liz Evans chatting about online streaming and how it might affect commercial and public service broadcasting as technology and audiences forge ahead. Following that, Chris gets a first-hand report on the intertwined conference and comic-con experience from Paul Booth and Matt Hills. Finally, make sure you check out the links for the episode and the photos tucked in there, where you’ll see a whole new concept of getting dressed up for a conference presentation.

81 MINMAY 7
Comments
Ep. 48: Double the FOMO

Ep. 47: We Are a Sleep-Deprived Group

Chris has relearned how to sleep, and she’s back behind the Aca-Media mic. She and Michael bring you interviews with Alfred Martin and Michael Newman, members of the SCMS Katherine Singer Kovács Essay and Book Award committees respectively, as well as the inspiring backstory of the awards’ namesake. Then we head back in time to just before the 2014 SCMS conference, when we told you all about things to do in Seattle. Luckily, not that much has changed in the Emerald City since then, and Perry Como’s “Seattle” is still a killer earworm, so we’ve included the whole segment again on the eve of the 2019 SCMS conference. If you’re headed to Seattle, you’ll definitely want to listen to this one on your trip there to maximize the recommendations.

66 MINMAR 13
Comments
Ep. 47: We Are a Sleep-Deprived Group

Ep. 46: New Year, New Opportunities

Aca-Media is back to ring in 2019! Join our hosts Michael Kackman and guest host Stephanie Brown as they explore what it means to build and nurture communities inside and outside academia. We first talk with scholar/filmmaker/activist/all-around legend B. Ruby Rich from UC-Santa Cruz about her illustrious career, representation and diversity in academia and industry, Film Quarterly and cross-cultural exchange, and the “dignity of the image” in a global context. We then hear from Derek Kompare on his experience as chair of the SMU Meadows Film and Media Arts department. We delve into the administrative, social, and even emotional aspects of this rewarding and critical role, providing some guidance on how to make it a success.

64 MINJAN 19
Comments
Ep. 46: New Year, New Opportunities

Ep. 45: Be Good to Each Other

As fall semesters kick off, we’re back with the second part of Producer Stephanie Brown’s two-part series on job searching in this precarious academic job market! Stephanie takes us back into a multi-layered conversation with the job seekers, adjuncts, and search-committee members from the last episode as well as some new faces. After a montage of concrete advice for job seekers and search-committee members to make the process more bearable, our guests share their experiences with alternative career paths, open access publishing, and much more. Stayed tuned until the end for a happy ending!

41 MIN2018 SEP 15
Comments
Ep. 45: Be Good to Each Other

Ep. 44: Can a Game Make You Cry?

Share this one with everyone you know who is on the academic job market! We present the first of a two-part series on job searches, with advice and empathy from those who are currently contending with the vagaries of the market. Producer Stephanie Brown talks with job seekers, adjuncts, and search-committee members in order to gain insight into the often frustrating process of gaining academic employment.Commiseration is provided! Then Christine Becker talks with Felan Parker about his newCJarticle on Roger Ebert and the wars over video games as "art," including their relevance for more recent cultural struggles over games and gamers.

60 MIN2018 JUL 27
Comments
Ep. 44: Can a Game Make You Cry?

Ep. 43: Very Special Episode

Aca-Media presents a Very Special Episode, albeit one without an easy, “feel-good” ending. The topic is precarity in academia. We bring you three segments: a roundtable (with Jamie Rogers, Jennifer Hyland Wang, and Bruce Brasell) on contingent and precarious academic labor (and what SCMS might do about it), an interview with Alex Russo on the turmoil at Catholic University, and a report from Brett Mills on the UCU strike in the UK.

83 MIN2018 JUN 16
Comments
Ep. 43: Very Special Episode

Ep. 42: We’re All in This Together

As spring zooms along as a semester and lags behind as a season, we bring you a new episode of Aca-Media with two segments that speak to our current times. First, we present different reflections on and strategies for “Teaching in Trump Times,” composed of submissions from educators across cinema and media studies, representing diverse contexts and experiences in the field. Second, from Fieldnotes, the ongoing oral history project by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, we present a wide-ranging interview with Hamid Naficy conducted by Kaveh Askari. http://www.aca-media.org/episode42

58 MIN2018 APR 20
Comments
Ep. 42: We’re All in This Together
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