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Haifaa Majadly and Aharon Geva-Kleinberger

state of the language in the face of the challenges posed by the innovation and technology of the modern world. Third, the Team emphasizes the need to enrich the two basic preconditions for the existence and use of Arabic, namely its linguistic

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“Is He Talking to Me?”

How Breaking the Fourth Wall Influences Enjoyment

Daniela M. Schlütz, Daniel Possler, and Lucas Golombek

disrupted ( Green et al. 2004 ). The effect of B4W might be such a disruption from within. From a filmmaking point of view, Tom Brown claims that it is often assumed that B4W “destroys the illusion of the story world and, by acknowledging the technology

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Dan Flory

digital technologies, and so on. 4 My sense of “embodied cognition” aims to be broad and should not suggest any particular research program, such as conceptualization, replacement, or constitution (see Shapiro 2012: 125 ). However, like much current

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Wyatt Moss-Wellington

example, says that Lynch’s “collision of idyllic love and the horrors of war, technology and medicine, provide a profound synthesis” ( Hughes 2001: 103 ). 4 Becoming aware of our affective dispositions may also incite a different kind of pleasure

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Lieke Hettinga and Terrance Wooten

the three chapters intervene in understandings of cinematic and gendered modalities and technologies: the cut of the forward slash (/), the suture of the hyphen (-), and the multiplier of the asterisk (*) (20). The first chapter explores the motions

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Andrew J. Ball

evident by the new Aims and Scope section we made available online earlier this summer, and by the journal's new subtitle, The Journal of Embodiment, Media Arts, and Technology . As these indicate, the foundational commitments of the journal remain

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Before and After Ghostcatching

Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality

Heather Warren-Crow

thinks that Western technology is magical; and third, by a fainter, perhaps, but stubbornly present ghost: the phantom of an outmoded racial slur—spook—used to identify a black person. Jones is African-American. Viewers unfamiliar with contemporary

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Shadows, Screens, Bodies, and Light

Reading the Discursive Shadow in the Age of American Silent Cinema

Amy E. Borden

profilmic event and, in doing so, assert a profilmic iteration between bodies and image-producing technologies as fundamental to the ontological status of a shadow image. As we see in “The Vanishing Man,” the invention of the x-ray and the images it produces

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(Re)imagining Immigration Narratives and Surveillance Practices by Experiencing "Use of Force"

Kellie Marin

This article introduces the concept of “pseudo-sousveillance” as simulated sousveillance practices created by the sensory environments of immersive technologies. To advance this concept, I analyze the virtual reality (VR) experience “Use of Force” that immerses participants within the scene of the night during which immigrant Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten by border patrol officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. I argue that the pseudo-sousveillance practices of cellphone recording and surveillance from above enlist users to be active participants in resisting dominant surveillance practices by constructing alternative narratives about immigrant experiences, exposing the overreach of the border patrol, and revealing the limits of surveillance in immigration control. I then discuss the implications that pseudo-sousveillance has for rethinking the rhetorical power of emerging technologies and sousveillance in a surveillant age.

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"This Video Call May Be Monitored and Recorded"

Video Visitation as a Form of Surveillance Technology and Its Effect on Incarcerated Motherhood


This article argues that the implementation of video visitation in correctional facilities is a mechanism of control used to enact punitive measures for regulating mothers who act outside the dominant paradigms of motherhood. Because prisons were designed to surveil and mothers have historically been surveilled by institutions, incarcerated mothers are often overlooked when we discuss the surveillance methods used to keep institutionalized motherhood intact. This article builds on existing scholarship characterizing surveillance technology’s role in criminalizing poor mothers of color, and considers the ways in which surveillance technology is used to normalize these mothers during their incarceration. Applying a Foucauldian framework, this article explores how adapting Video Visitation (VV)—a Skype-like video chat program—enables correctional facilities to extend the role of “watcher” and expand the panoptic gaze, which prompts mother-to-mother surveillance and intensifies self-surveillance. The article concludes by drawing attention to VV’s structure and its ability to expand correctional facilities’ surveillance to the children of incarcerated mothers.