Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Inner Fragments
an exhibition of contemporary Iranian female artists
January 10 – February 14, 2020
Reception: January 10, 6–8PM
After 2500 years of monarchial rule, the 1979 Islamic Revolution turned Iran on its head. As a result, the dynamics of Iran’s art scene also transformed. A generation of artists was born after the revolution who endured the aftermath of the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, which brought with it a series of intense political circumstances, sanctions, and isolationism. As such, their artistic expression took a distinct turn of varying styles and genres. Their work is subtle, intimate, and offers a deeper insight into their existence.
Inner Fragments, co-curated by Mahsa Soroudi and Parisa Ghaderi, is an exhibition of sixteen Iranian female artists, most of whom live and work inside Iran. It portrays a slice of Iranian women’s lives that is insightful and also shatters the typical cliched themes of the hijab and oppression. Given the current climate between the U.S. and Iran, this show aims to transcend geographical and political boundaries. The curators hope to close the gap between the two nations by highlighting the new wave of contemporary Iranian art as a way to understand modern Iran. 

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Grant Program, MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Department of English, and Muslim Studies Program. 

Featuring work by:

Mahshid Asoudehkhah

Ghazaleh Baniahmad

Nasim Davari

Sanaz Dezfoulian

Narcisse E. Esfanhani

Maryam Farahzadi

Elahe Farzi

Farzane Ghadyanloo

Mahsa Khazeni

Niloofar Mohammadifar

Neda Moin Afshari

Farnaz Rabieijah

Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi

Nastaran Safaei

Tarlan Tabar

Nazli Tahvili

MSU Film Collective: THE WORLD OF PIRI THOMAS @ B122 Wells Hall
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: THE WORLD OF PIRI THOMAS @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

1/30 The World of Piri Thomas (dir. Gordon Parks, 1968)

Presented by Yomaira Figueroa

Gordon Parks along with writer and poet, Piri Thomas, lead us on a journey through New York City’s Spanish Harlem. Parks guides our eyes through El Barrio, while Thomas reads from his best-selling memoir, “Down These Mean Streets.” These sights and sounds record the grim and crumbling life of the neighborhood and its inhabitants, but also provide a glimmer of hope for “survival and triumph over the ghetto.”

SOSLAP Event: Surviving Grad School, Part 2 @ Wells Hall, B310
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for an informal discussion about completing qualifying research papers (QRPs) and theses, publishing, conferencing, collaborating and transitioning into the proposal and job search phase. Come share your experience and hear from other students.

Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Broad Underground || Universal Archive: A selection of films by William Kentridge @ Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || Universal Archive: A selection of films by William Kentridge @ Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

“Universal Archive: A selection of films by William Kentridge” traces the artist’s creative path from the early 1990s to the present day. Presented chronologically, these short films become enmeshed in a complex, ever-expanding network of self-referentiality and reflection. Drawing—and then tirelessly, insistently redrawing—the unstable, jagged outlines of history (his own, and that of his native South Africa), memory, and creative process, Kentridge etches layers upon layers into his monumental living archive—at once universal and deeply personal.

Mihaela Mihailova is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Society of Fellows, with a joint appointment at the Department of Film, TV and Media. She is currently editing an essay collection on studio LAIKA’s stop-motion feature Coraline. She has published in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, and Kino Kultura. She has also contributed chapters to Animating Film Theory (with John MacKay), Animated Landscapes: History, Form, and Function, The Animation Studies Reader, and Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema.

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Michigan State University Film Studies program, and the Michigan State University English Department. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Abrams planetarium and Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

Plan to arrive early to check out the galleries before this event! Our galleries close to the public at 7pm.

All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

MSU Film Collective: RUN, LOLA, RUN @ B122 Wells Hall
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: RUN, LOLA, RUN @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2/6 Run, Lola, Run (dir. Tom Twyker, 1999)

Presented by Bill Vincent

In this visually and conceptually impressive film, two-bit Berlin criminal Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu) delivers some smuggled loot for his boss, Ronnie (Heino Ferch), but accidentally leaves the 100,000 mark payment in a subway car. Given 20 minutes to come up with the money, he calls his girlfriend, Lola (Franka Potente), who sprints through the streets of the city to try to beg the money out of her bank manager father (Herbert Knaup) and get to Manni before he does something desperate.

MSU Film Collective: BIRDS OF PASSAGE @ B122 Wells Hall
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: BIRDS OF PASSAGE @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2/13 Birds of Passage (dir. Ciro Guerra & Isabela Cristina Gallego Lozano, 2018)

Presented by Miguel Cabaña in conjunction with the MSU Latinx Film Festival

The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.

Eye On Africa @ Room 303 International Center
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Reginold Royston, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Africana Studies at the University
of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines technoculture in Ghana and the role of diasporas in the
African mediascape, including viral dance videos, podcasting, tech entrepreneurship, and development
projects. He teaches courses on oral culture and digital media, the Internet in Africa, and race, class and
gender online. He teaches in the Department of African Cultural Studies, and at The Information School.
With Faisal Abdu’allah, he co-curates the Black Arts + Data Futures collaborative. He is currently working
on a manuscript about the impact of digital media on Ghanaian national identity.

In this paper, I examine the techniques of dance music performances that attempt to repair the
rupture of diaspora and race, through rhizomatic expression rather than through ideologically driven
politics. Building on post-humanist analysis in digital media studies, I attempt to demonstrate how
the embodied knowledge of African and African diasporic online culture (YouTube/Instagram videos),
produce technology (both tacit knowledge and material techniques) that also hold in tension, the social
imaginaries of Africa and postcolonial national identity. In particular, my analysis focuses on the tactics
of digital embodiment in Chicago “ghetto house,” and Ghanaian Azonto (a genre of “Afrobeats” dance
music). These subgenres exemplify the hybridity of black life, both on the continent and in the diaspora.
This paper attempts to offer new perspectives on what the anthropologist of dance, Yvonne Daniels
describes as embodied knowledge, by describing that knowledge as a material, and thus technological
practice. These implications attempt to problematize the conditions of modernity and provincialize
Western concepts of technology, while also challenging the enduring sense of Africa as outside the
hybrid cultural, political, and technological formations of our contemporary world.

MSU Film Collective: ARRIVAL @ B122 Wells Hall
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: ARRIVAL @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2/20 Arrival (dir. Denis Vulleneuve, 2016)

Presented by Justus Nieland

Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Second Language Studies Symposium @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Save The Date!

Second Language Studies Symposium

Friday, February 21, 2020

For the day’s schedule,  please click here.



Multi-Competence, Translanguaging, and Multimodal Learning

Li Wei, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

This is a conceptual paper that aims to extend the concept of Linguistic Multi-Competence and advance Translanguaging as a research perspective (in addition to pedagogical approach). It focuses on the theoretical foundations of Translanguaging and explores the implications for language teaching and learning in particular and for bilingualism and multilingualism research generally. Core issues such as the role of L1, transfer, learner autonomy, will be revisited from the Translanguaging perspective. Empirical examples from self-directed mobile language learning will be used to demonstrate the added value of the Translanguaging approach.

Instructional approaches to multiword items in a second language: A critical review

Frank Boers, Western University, London, Ontario

The past two decades have witnessed a proliferation of studies on multiword items (phraseological units such as collocations, idioms and phrasal verbs), including research on the effectiveness of diverse interventions intended to help learners acquire such items. Studies on the effectiveness of these interventions are typically of a comparative nature, where the learning gains resulting from a given procedure are found to be significantly greater than the gains observed under a comparison or control condition.  In this talk I will review a collection of such studies adopting a practitioner’s perspective in doing so. It will be argued, for example, that some of the approaches put to the test in empirical research are unlikely to be tried by teachers owing to the substantial investment of time and effort they require. A recurring theme in the talk will be the distinction between statistical significance and pedagogical significance of the research findings. While it is of course useful to detect whether one treatment condition leads to more learning than another according to inferential statistics, it is also worth taking a closer look at descriptive statistics to evaluate how encouraging the learning gains really are under the more successful treatment. The talk will conclude with suggestions for further, pedagogy-oriented, research in this area.


MSU Film Collective: SHIRKERS @ B122 Wells Hall
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: SHIRKERS @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2/27 Shirkers (dir. Sandi Tan, 2018)

Presented by Cristóbal Martinez

In 1992 teenager Sandi Tan shoots Singapore’s first road movie with her enigmatic American mentor, Georges, who then absconded with all of the footage. The 16 mm film is recovered 20 years later, sending Tan, who is now a novelist living in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges’ footprints.