Processes of Signification Faculty Research Group (PSFRG)


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The research of PSFRG seeks to expand conceptions of the processes of signification and meaning-making within contemporary culture. In doing so, the intellectual and practical outcomes of the research enable informed understandings of the ways in which signification functions in relation to the construction of experience and circulation of meaning within culture. The Group's research applies innovative theoretical approaches derived from, and informed by, perspectives from historical studies, sociology, media and communication studies, and visual culture. Exploring the intersections between these fields, PSFRG pursues a distinct and cutting-edge research agenda, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration in a productive and collegial environment.


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Selected Book Publications

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Baudrillard Reframed
Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts
Contemporary Thinkers Reframed
Dr Kim Toffoletti
I.B. Tauris

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Contemporary Film Directors
D.A. Pennebaker
Dr Keith Beattie
This volume is the first book-length study of the extensive career and prolific works of D.A. Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of direct cinema, a documentary form that emphasizes observation and a straightforward portrayal of events. The University of Illinois Press

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Documentary Screens: Non-Fiction Film and Television
Dr Keith Beattie

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Albert and David Maysles: interviews
Dr Keith Beattie
In Albert and David Maysles: Interviews, editor Keith Beattie has compiled a wide-ranging collection in which the brothers, together and separately, discuss all aspects of their filmmaking--the nature of collaboration, technical matters, contextual considerations, and more.

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The Scar That Binds
American Culture and the Vietnam War
Dr Keith Beattie
At the height of the Vietnam War, American society was so severely fragmented that it seemed that Americans may never again share common concerns. The media and other commentators represented the impact of the war through a variety of rhetorical devices, most notably the emotionally charged metaphor of "the wound that will not heal. NYU Press



Judging 'Privileged' Jews
Dr Adam Brown
The Nazis' persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust included the creation of prisoner hierarchies that forced victims to cooperate with their persecutors. Many in the camps and ghettos came to hold so-called 'privileged' positions, and their behavior has often been judged as self-serving and harmful to fellow inmates. Such controversial figures constitute an intrinsically important, frequently misunderstood, and often taboo aspect of the Holocaust. Berghann Books

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