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UNG Workshop on Education, Culture, and Networks

Workshop Description

The purpose of the UNG Workshop on Education, Culture, and Networks is to make research essays better. It serves a roundtable for scholars connected to the educational and social research traditions to give "feedforward" (constructive criticism focused on making a paper more publishable) to the author of a paper in progress. While grounded in theoretical perspectives associated with education and sociology, the workshop also welcomes authors who are either affiliated or independent practitioners in diverse fields not limited to anthropology, political science, as well as diversity, cultural, and media studies.

The only requirement for participation is interest. Anyone is welcome to take part in the workshop.

Dates and Locations

September 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room 522, UNG Oconee Campus
Presenter: Kayo Onozuka, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Institute of Philosophy and Human Values (Japan) / Postdoctoral researcher
Session Title: The Magazine MANGA During the Pacific War (WW2) –expression under a limit of
Abstract: This presentation is about Japanese propaganda cartoons in the Pacific War, or World War II period. The monthly cartoon humour magazine MANGA, published between 1940 and 1951, was used during the war as propaganda to elevate public wartime fighting spirit, and to promote military operations. The editor KONDO Hidezo was a member of the breakaway Shin-Manga-ha Shudan [New-Cartoon-School Group] before the war, and he took a leadership role within the cartoon industry. From the expression of his cartoon works published in MANGA magazine, it is possible to discern the situation of cartoonists and readers, as well as the authorities or powers that enforced nationalism under wartime conditions. By comparing the cartoons drawn during the war and those after the war, a changes can be seen: targets of satire depicted in the cartoons changed from enemy nations into domestic authorities, the readers image changed from Japanese subjects into Japanese common people, while the censor from the Japanese government changed into the GHQ of the occupying Allied Powers. One of the characteristics of these cartoon expressions in MANGA was the expression of the enemy in a dehumanized manner. By investigating the change in number as well as content of these mitate [metaphorical] expressions in MANGA for each year of its publication, it is clear that they appeared more frequently in wartime, and their content was more likely to be disparaging, severely criticizing their target. This paper will consider the role of these mitate under the war situation.

April 20, 2018, at 1:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2214, Nesbitt Academic Building, UNG Gainesville Campus
Presenter: Dr. Candice Wilson, Communication, Media & Journalism, University of North Georgia
Session Title: "The Rise of the Demon Mother: Shindo Kaneto's 1960s cinema"

February 16, 2018, at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG, Oconee Campus
Presenter: Prof. Joe Lavalle, Spanish, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Spanish Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and its Relation to Students’ Grades on an Undergraduate Writing Assignment"

October 5, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.

Location: Room 115, Young Hall, UNG, Dahlonega Campus
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Annett, Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Session Title: “Animating Theory and Practice: Critical Media Literacy in the Post-Secondary Classroom"

September 5, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

Location: 162 Library Technology Center, UNG, Dahlonega Campus
Presenter: Prof. Akihiko Ieshima, Counseling and Support Division, Osaka University
Session Title: “Japanese Comics, Animation, and Personality: What do youth learn from popular culture?”

April 28, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG, Oconee Campus
Presenter: Dr. Sheri Hardee, College of Education, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Educational Borderlands: Mentoring Programs as Democratizing Spaces for Pre-Service Educators”

February 24, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.

Location: 2214 Nesbitt Building, UNG, Gainesville Campus
Presenter: Dr. Linda Reece, College of Education, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Stories of hope and resilience; culturally responsive teaching through the voices of female immigrants to the United States”

Workshop Rules

The author should make their paper available on the workshop’s website at least five days before the workshop session. The paper should be between 3,000-15,000 words. At the beginning of the workshop, the author is free to make some contextual comments about their paper, but is not necessarily expected to do so. One or two pre-selected discussants will provide responses that are best thought of as “feedforward” – commentary designed to help the author improve their paper rather than to simply point out deficiencies and mistakes. Ideally these discussant(s) will be graduate students, but they could be anyone with scholarly interests in the topic. The discussants should be willing to pass along their notes to the author afterward so as to free them from additional note-taking.

The discussion will then move toward the members as a whole, or start with them if there are no discussants for that session (in which case, a non-faculty member should be given the first and second question or point to make). Constructive criticism is encouraged, but the objective of the criticism should be to improve the essay – not to show everyone how smart the critic is. If you want to ask a question or make a point, raise your hand, and the workshop leader will add you to the queue in the order in which you are seen. If your point must be made immediately because it is germane to the topic at hand, feel free to make it, but your original spot in the queue will still be where it was. The author is encouraged to take notes, and members should be mindful of the author’s need to do so. The workshop will last roughly two hours.

Since the time lag between teleconferencing equipment can disrupt the ability of members to gauge the discussion’s rhythm and their opportunity to jump in, the workshop will not be teleconferenced. Rather, it will alternate between campuses at UNG in order to give as many campus community members as possible a chance to participate.

Often the members will go to a local restaurant after the workshop to socialize. Graduate students and undergraduates oriented toward an academic career are highly encouraged to come so that they can get additional “face time” with the author to make any more points, ask any more questions, and to get to know the author and other workshop members in a more relaxed and informal setting.


Applications to present your manuscript in progress to the workshop can be made by emailing Brent Allison (, the director of the workshop. Please include your institutional and departmental affiliation (or indicate that you are an independent scholar) and a 150-200 word abstract with the probable final length (in words) of the manuscript you want to present.

For upcoming paper presentations, click on "Papers" (TBA upon Session date). For the specific workshop rules, click on "Workshop Rules".

The Demon Mother Rises: The 1960s Cinema of Shindo Kanteo by Dr. Candice Wilson

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