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Issue II Spring 2011

Spring 2011 Editor’s Note

Spring is a time for transformation, new beginnings – and at gnovis – we honor this timely tradition of the season by the passing of the torch to a new leadership team and to present a fresh batch of scholarly articles. This season isn’t any different. After receiving a record number of submissions for our Spring 2011 issue, we are proud of the 12 articles included in our most competitive issue to date.

The articles of this issue touch on a number of subjects: from the construction of celebrity ailing bodies in terms of disease to memorializing bodies on Facebook. Exploring frameworks of interpretations among new and old medias to how technology can improve development and broaden the education experience, and more. Continue reading

The Griot: The Rhetorical Impetus of African American Fiction

Abstract: The paper addresses the West African oral concept of griot, as it utilizes nommo, a Bantu term that denotes the magical power of words to cause change, as a critical African American lexical lens. In the broadest definition, a … Continue reading

Tracing Apollo’s Descent: Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Ontology and the Myth of Safe Spectatorship In Post-9/11 America

Abstract: The photographic record that emerged from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 depicts human suffering the likes of which Americans rarely have occasion to empathize with directly. As Americans, we naturally feel obliged to do right by the … Continue reading

You’ve been hit by a Smooth Liminal: Framing Michael Jackson’s Ailing Celebrity Body

Abstract: This paper is interested in the construction and performance of disease by the media in the widely publicized life (and death) of the pop music icon, Michael Jackson. It explores the key discourses around “public” diseases – that is … Continue reading

Fanboys in the Ivory Tower: An Attempted Reconciliation of Science Fiction Film Academia and Fan Culture

Abstract: This article contrasts the product of online fan film reviewers with academic film publications in terms of their content, disposition, and distribution, ultimately questioning the Academy as a dominant force of knowledge. By focussing on science-fiction film criticism, and, … Continue reading

Interoperable Technologies in International Development: Access to FrontlineSMS

Abstract: Scholars of international development (Collier 2007; Giddens, 2000; Gereffi 1994) suggest that developing nations must become more economically and globally fit in today’s climate if they wish to improve their global positions and rise from the “bottom billion.” In … Continue reading

Re-Masculinizing the Jew: Gender and Zionism Until the First World War

Abstract: In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Zionism emerged not only as a political and colonial mission to create the Jewish state of Israel as a safe-haven from anti-Semitism, but also as a means to address the very … Continue reading

Too Short to be Quarterback, Too Plain to be Queen

Abstract: This paper explores how the sensibility of postfeminism, as understood through the work of media scholar Rosalind Gill, functions within the diegesis of ABC’s Emmy-winning sitcom Roseanne, and how the show attempts to resist discourses commonly associated with the … Continue reading

OMG I Forgot To Post: An Examination of How Students View and Use Blogs Within an Academic Organization


This paper explores how class blogs are perceived as an instructional tool from the perspective of the graduate student. This boundary spanning technology allows for student-student and student-instructor engagement to continue outside the traditional classroom, yet does capability lead to success in the eyes of the user? Applying Orlikowski’s revision of Structuration Theory to the ongoing structural negotiation between student and organization provides insight into the future of the twenty-first century learning environment. Continue reading

Negotiation processes: EU negotiations toward the Greek bailout in the context of the boundaries of the EU legal framework


This paper examines the negotiations that took place in the European Union (EU) toward the joint financial program for Greece, also known as “the Greek bailout.” The paper analyses what type of negotiation behavior was enacted by various actors involved and the boundaries of the institutional and legal framework in which these negotiations took place. The paper argues that bargaining behavior was expected due to the type of policies discussed and the high politicization of the problem, but that nonetheless problem-solving behavior was prevalent. The actors of the euro zone all wanted to solve the problem in order to prevent damage to the shared euro currency. The framework within which these negotiations took place was not sufficient for the EU to deal with the sovereign defaults of several countries facing financial issues. Subsequently, due to euro zone countries’ fears of the spill-over effect, the EU created a new mechanism for future cases: the European Financial Stabilization Mechanism (EFSM) and the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) (Sibert 2010a). Continue reading

Fwd: Modern Poem


This paper analyzes the cultural and linguistic mix of Arabic and English in an unusual anonymous poem that uses both languages simultaneously to create the final product. I conduct a visual and verbal analysis of this contrast to explore questions like: What is the significance of language juxtaposition? What are the connotations inherent within the poem dealing with both languages as separate and joint entities? What are the cultural implications in relation to language and identity issues between English and Arabic and their implications as Aranglish? This paper examines insights into the spreading popularity of code-switching for the new generations of bilinguals. Like Spanglish and other languages mixes, Aranglish is highly popular in the youth culture but there are specific differences that make Aranglish unique. In addition, the paper discusses the linguistic and cultural differences of each language using theorists like Goffman, Hopper and Whorf and how these form a new “emergent” language for exploration. Continue reading

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