Screening Otherness: The Potential of Screen Literacy Learning for Cosmopolitan Knowledge and Understanding


Recent cineliteracy projects for young people in Japan and Australia indicate that knowledge and understanding of the moving image impacts positively upon their reading and writing skills. It can also introduce them to new ways of communicating with others and of appreciating "otherness". Taught within an intercultural pedagogical framework, students learn how to culturally locate, critically analyse and, importantly, make movies that create bridges between self and community, regional and national, and local and global. Demonstrating the diversity of innovative approaches to cineliteracy teaching and learning, the panellists come from a range of rural, regional and urban academic and community-based institutions and organisations. Our pedagogy is informed by a number of disciplines including art, film, disability studies, sociology and multiculturalism. Similarly, the students participating in these projects are from a diverse range of backgrounds and possess differing levels of educational, cultural and social skills. They include: young people from low socio-economic, Aboriginal, migrant and refugee backgrounds for many of whom English or Japanese is a second language; those with intellectual and mental disability; and undergraduates at Japan's first and only university specializing in cinema who are keen to pass on their own filmmaking skills to schoolchildren. This panel aims to provoke discussion about the potential of digital screen technology for empowering young people to communicate outside their immediate peer group and local community, and to respect difference in themselves and in those from other cultures and nations. The panellists explore how cineliteracy learning might promote education for global citizenship within an ethical framework. We ask if learning based on the principle of the co-existence of different peoples bound by a simple nexus of common values and humanity can thereby encourage respect for universality and difference.

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Jane Mills, University of New South Wales, Australia
Hirotoshi Yaginuma, Niigata University, Japan
Yoshikazu Shiobara, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
Shinsuke Funaki, Fukui Prefectural University, Japan
Shuji Nakayama, Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Japan

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Conference: MediAsia2013
Stream: Media Studies

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Mills J., Yaginuma H., Shiobara Y., Funaki S., & Nakayama S. (2014) Screening Otherness: The Potential of Screen Literacy Learning for Cosmopolitan Knowledge and Understanding ISSN: 2186-5906 – The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2013 – Official Conference Proceedings
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