Meet Ted Coopman

10 09 2010

Ted M. Coopman (Ph.D. University of Washington, 2008) is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Television-Radio- Film-Theater at SJSU.

Recently RTVF Info asked Ted to talk briefly about his professional projects and interests.

RTVF Info: What’s your current research about?

Ted Coopman: I’m currently working on a Small Group Communication textbook (McGraw Hill), preparing to send out a proposal for a monograph  on my case study of Indymedia, and I’m starting to collect data on the Tea Party Movement. I am preparing a paper, ” Persistence in Resistance: Consistency, Churn, and Defining Success in the Global Independent Media Center Network,” to present at the Association of Internet Researchers conference in Gothenburg, Sweden in October 2010. I am also participating in a panel discussion on Learning Management Systems and Higher Education.

RTVF: How did you first become interested in this topic?

TC: By studying and participating in the Micro Radio Movement (an effort to legalize/deregulate non-commercial Low Power FM) in the 1990s. I am interested in the Tea Party’s use of the internet and how it compares to left wing social movements.

RTVF: How does it relate to previous research you’ve done?

TC: It’s pretty with my earlier research on activist’s use of media/new media and its impact on them.

This semester Ted is teaching RTVF 180: Critical Theory and Research in RTVF.

Ted says when he’s not tied to his computer or teaching, he enjoys hiking and going to the beach with his wife Stephanie and. of course, their dog River.


CFP: Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico (deadline: November 15, 2010)

2 09 2010


Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico

February 26th, 2011

University of Arizona

Center for Creative Photography

Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico is a one-day symposium focusing on how and why amateur, industrial, educational, and independent filmmakers have represented the American Southwest and Mexico. We wish to help cultivate a more comprehensive understanding of the Southwest’s and Mexico’s cinematic past by showcasing and analyzing the ways the region has been imagined in hidden and lesser-known films produced by non-Hollywood and amateur filmmakers during the last century. We seek proposals that offer historical, critical, and global interpretations that illuminate the region’s hidden cinematic history. We define ‘hidden cinema” broadly but priority will be given to proposals that steer clear of widely distributed or well-remembered Hollywood films. We ask that presenters accepted to the program will be able to provide visual components (moving images and/or photographs) to illustrate their paper presentations.

We encourage scholars, archivists, filmmakers and students to submit proposals about hidden cinema in the Southwest, Mexico, or the Borderlands. Pleas email your 250 to 300-word description of your proposed presentation, a brief description of the materials you wish to exhibit at the symposium and a short biography to<>

by November 15, 2010. Symposium presentations will be 30-45 minutes in length.

The symposium will be held at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, in the heart of the Southwest and less than 100 miles from the U.S-Mexico border. The internationally-known Center for Creative Photography is an archive and research center that retains the archives of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan, and other great 20th century photographers– over fifty archives in all.

Hidden Cinema: Southwest and Mexico is a collaboration between the University of Arizona Department of English<>, the Center for Creative Photography <>, Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication <> and Cinema and Visual Culture Studies program <>, and Northern Arizona University Special Collections at Cline Library<>.

Symposium organizers are: Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, associate professor of English at the University of Arizona, Dr. Janna Jones, associate professor of Communication and Director of Cinema and Visual Culture Studies at Northern Arizona University and Dr. Mark Neumann, professor and Director of the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University.