Benjamin Kidder Hodges
- Chair, Equipment & Technology Committee, Department of Communication
- Member, Departmental Executive Committee, Department of Communication
- Ph.D.(Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin, United States.)
- M.A. (Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin, United States.)
- B.A. (New College of Florida, United States.)
“Special Affect: Special Effects, Sensation, and Futures in Post-Socialist Bulgaria.”
- History of 3d animation and Computer Graphics, Software/Open Source Cultures
- Balkan and American Pop Culture
Anthropology, Visual Culture, New Media and Technology, Film, Conceptual Art and Photography
B. Hodges (2018) “Kick the Dead Rabbit: Tuxedos, Movies, and Cosmopolitan Urban Imaginaries in Macao” in Wider Screen special issue: City imaginings and urban everyday life ISSN 1795-6161
B. Hodges (2017) “Tourism and a Virtual Bulgaria” in Tourist Utopias: Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces, and Mobile Imaginaries Editor Simpson, T. Amsterdam University Press.
B. Hodges (2012) Book review of “Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong” by Tim Choi, published in The Journal of Anthropological Research
B. Hodges (2002) Memories of Invisibility, in Text, Practice, Performance Austin, TX
Talks and Presentations
- October 23, 2019 presented a talk “Bulgaria – A History and Future in film” at Moon Chun Memorial College as part of their MCMC EU Lecture Series and MCMC Fellows’ Salon
January-April 2018 “Theories of Communication” wrote and produced a six part video course for the University of Macau’s General Education course Communication Skills and Leadership. [Completion of this course will be required of all students enrolled at UM starting in the 2018-19 academic year.]
November 2017 Kick the Dead Rabbit: Tuxedos, Movies, and Cosmopolitan Urban Imaginaries in Macao Department of Communication Research Seminar Series, University of Macau.
September 2015 Monumental Gestures: New Bodies and Publics in Sofia, Bulgaria, Department of Communication Research Seminar Series, University of Macau.
June 2010 International Communication Association ICA Conference Virtually Urban: Modeling the City and the Public in “The Ecologies of the City: Urban Matters of Communication” Singapore.
July 2009 The 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences User Generated Ethnography: Learning from the Visual Culture of Open Source Communities in “Towards An Epistemology Of Media In Ethnographic Film” Kunming, China. presented on the role of community in 3d animation
November 2008 American Anthropological Association Impossible Futures: Reflections on the Visual Culture of Bulgarian Pop(Folk) in “Engaging Images: Inscription, Negotiation, and Re-Contextualization in Visual Productions” San Francisco, U.S.A. presented on Bulgarian Pop Culture
October 2007 European Broadcaster’s Union Open Source Software for professionals Geneva, Switzerland
June 2006 Vision Conference “Blender in Real-Time: Open source game design” Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
February 2006 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association “The Living Room: Reality, Television, and the Post-Socialist Home” Albuquerque, New Mexico.
October 2005 Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies Colloquium
“Walking Around with a Gun in Your Hand: Gaming in Post-Socialist Bulgaria”Austin, Texas.
August 2003 South East Europe Conference “Imaging the Balkans” Pamporovo, Bulgaria.
2003 Berlin Fulbright Conference “Balkan Futures: Development Discourse in Pre-E.U. Bulgaria” presented research on Bulgarian popular media Berlin, Germany.
2002 Association for Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference “Tricks of the Trade” presented Masters Thesis on the Computer Graphics industry Tampere, Finland.
February 2002 Slavic Languages Graduate Conference “Letter to America: Diasporic Narratives from Bulgaria’s Brain Drain’ presented paper on diasporic youth in Bulgaria
“American in Sofia” Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies Newsletter vol. 28 (2001) 32-41
Independence Day” Egoist vol. 35 (2001) 67-83 published an article on everyday life in Sofia, Bulgaria
2001 Out of Bounds Conference on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity “Memories of Invisibility: an archeology of digital imagery” Austin, Texas
May 2001 American Ethnological Society and the Canadian Academy of Sciences Conference “Shopping in Real-time: On-line Shopping and New Consumer Publics,” presented research on encryption and on-line shopping Montreal, Canada.
October 1998 Conference on Visual Anthropology “Mounting Time”presented ethnographic film on the art of taxidermy Philadelphia, PN.
Creative Work and Workshops
- November 2019 “AFA Autumn Salon” exhibited two oil paintings as part of this 10th anniversary juried show of Macao Artists Orient Foundation, Macao, China, SAR
- March 2019 “The Shape of Feelings” exhibited an oil painting as part of the 8th edition of the Script Road Macao Literary Festival
August 2018 “Gridding Seac Pai Wan” photo exhibition in “Open Future” Creative Macau 15th anniversary group show Macao, China, SAR
July 2018 “Still Life” photographic print in the Student and Faculty Show Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Guangzhou China.
November 2017 “Light of other Nights” led light sculpture from reclaimed materials AFA Autumn Salon 2017 Macau, China SAR
2016 “Year of the Monkey” sculpture design for Venetian Macao sponsored Chinese New Year themed art exhibition
2014 “Sound and Image Challenge” Creative Macau, Jury member for Animation.
2014 “Horse in Motion” sculpture design for Venetian Macao sponsored Chinese New Year themed art exhibition
2012 “Topologies” solo exhibition in Creative Macau, Macau, China SAR
2011, “distraction“ short film exhibited as part of the “To Each Their Own University” project Macao, China SAR.
2011 “the color of the room“ short film part of the Infinity project by 澳門創作人協會 Associaç̧ã̃o dos Criadores de Macau Macao, China SAR.
2010 “Not there” 3d animation workshop Creative Macau, introduction to compositing 3d and photographic material
2009 “This is my City” interdisciplinary mixed media 3d compositing project for urban planning Old Ladies’ House Art Space Macau, China SAR
2006 Photography Exhibition, “Virtual Renovations: The Case of Dundokov 56” Art for the Last Time Sofia, Bulgaria.
August 2006 3d animation workshop “Upgrade! Sofia” Sofia, Bulgaria.
Spring 2006 Director of Photography, “Letter” short film Official SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival Selection Austin, Texas.
June 2005 – September 2005 Director/Cinematographer “Small Futures: Envisioning Nanotechnology” 19 minute documentary short produced in association with Science and Technology Studies Program at the University of Texas Austin, Austin, Texas.
April 2004, Februrary 2002, September 2002 Video Art Installations, Austin Museum of Digital Art (AMODA), Austin, Texas.
January 2002 Principal Actor, “Yada, Yada,” Official Sundance Short Film Selection Park City, Utah
September 2001 Director/Cinematographer “The Little Death” official selection Cinematexas Festival of Film and Video Austin, Texas.
- September 2001 Photography Exhibition, “Imaging the Balkans” Photographic Exhibit sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Austin, Texas.
Grants and Awards
2018 Community Service Award from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Macau
2015 University of Macau Multi Year Research Grant “Vague Details: Ethnographic images of Computing and Bulgaria”
2009 University of Macau Research Grant “Eurovisions: a study of the Eurovision Song contest in Moscow, Russia” May 2009.
2006 International Research Exchange (IREX) Individual Research Grant Sofia, Bulgaria.
2005 University Continuing Tuition Fellowship University of Texas at Austin.
2004 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) University of Texas at Austin (also awarded in 2002, 2001, and 2000).
2003 Fulbright Fellowship Sofia, Bulgaria.
- 2001 Bruton Fellowship University of Texas at Austin.
Courses taught at UM
Communication Skills and Leadership – General education course taught through online video lectures [Completion of this course will be required of all students enrolled at UM starting in the 2018-19 academic year.]
Workshop Video I (COMM4007, COMB454) – Senior level capstone course
Workshop Video II (COMB455) – Senior level capstone course
Theories of Mass Communication (COMM7701) – Masters Course
Creative Thesis (COMM798) – Masters thesis advising
Academic Thesis (COMM799) – Academic thesis advising
Digital Graphics (COMB350)– Undergraduate course
Digital Media (COMM715) – Masters Course
Video Production COMB250 – Undergraduate course
Advanced Video Production (COMB362) – Undergraduate course
Multimedia Design (COMB351, ICNM013) – Undergraduate and Graduate course
Photography (COMB251) – undergraduate course
Communication Technologies III: Audio-Visual (COMM303) – Undergraduate course
Digital Graphic Design and Production (BJPC303) – Undergraduate Course
Workshop (COMM402) – Senior level capstone course
Thesis (ICNM999) – Masters thesis advising
Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
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