Nina Seja

Lecturer
Business Practice
Location: Building 115, Room 3038

Profile

How is new media harnessed for social change? In what ways are images transforming how we view human rights norms? These are two key questions that drive my research and teaching. I am completing my PhD through the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. My dissertation, entitled Atrocious Images: The Authorship of Suffering, investigates fiction and non-fiction film, news media, and internet texts related to post-9/11 atrocious images, such as those emerging from Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and Afghanistan. My areas of specialization include human rights and witnessing, social movements and social justice and their intersection with new media, documentary film and autobiography, and photojournalism related to war and political violence.

My articles and reviews have been included in journals such as Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, and Continuum. I have been awarded a number of research and travel grants, including a New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women fellowship. I advocate for academic practice that is also integrated with broader communities; I have served as a graduate editor for Camera Obscura, A Journal in Feminism and Media, and have been a mentor for the Just Write Program, Global Focus Aotearoa, which is designed to increase participants' understanding of global politics and journalism. I have also presented at a number of conferences and invited talks, including The New Historians Conference (VUW, NZ), Contained Memory (Wellington, NZ), and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference (Syracuse, NY, US).

I am an active creative writer and my writing has been published in journals including JAAM (NZ) and Trout (NZ). In 2009 I was a finalist in the Sunday Star Times Short Story National Competition.

Publications

Seja, N., Liang, R., Morris, P., & Poulsen, A. (2017). A Botanical Sublime: New Writing for Henderson. Going West Books & Writers Festival, Auckland.

Seja, N. (2017). No Easy Answers: Ann Shelton's Dark Matter. New Zealand, Art New Zealand (Vol. 161 (Autumn)).

Seja, N. (2017). Notes to a Human Specimen from Your Elders. Auckland, New Zealand, Outside the Square.

Seja, N., Gee, S., Jenkinson, M., Shannon, M., Smith, D., & Tomlin, J. (2017). Real Pictures: Imaging XX. Auckland, New Zealand, PhotoForum (Vol. PhotoForum 88).

Seja, N., (Curator) (2017). Real Pictures: Imaging XX - Sue Gee, Megan Jenkinson, Marie Shannon, Deborah Smith, and Jenny Tomlin. Auckland Festival of Photography. Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, June 2-30.

Seja, N., & Macdonald, I. (2017). Real Pictures: Imaging XX. Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, September 19-25.

Seja, N. (2017). Atrocious Images: Victim Media and the Authorship of Suffering. New York University, NY.

Seja, N. (2016). Exterior Monologues, Inner Visions: Emanations at the Govett-Brewster. Exhibition review. New Zealand, Art New Zealand 2009 Limited (Vol. 159 (Spring)).

Donaghey, S., Berman, S., & Seja, N. (2016). More Than A War: Remembering 1914-1918. Auckland, Unitec ePress (Vol. Unitec ePress Research Report Series (2)).

Saunders, L., Donaghey, S., Seja, N., & Berman, S. (2016). Youth, Digital Agency, and Encounters with the Past and Present. National Digital Forum, Wellington.

Seja, N., (Curator), & Short, G. H., (Curator) (2015). History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum. N. Seja & G. H. Short, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 14 March - 14 June.

Seja, N., & Short, G. (2015). History in the Taking. Exhibition talk. City Gallery Wellington, Wellington.

Seja, N. (2015). "Principled Patriotism": Nuclear Images and the Curation of National Memory. In Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan, Geoff Lealand (Eds). Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand (pp. 305-310). Bristol, UK/Chicago, USA: Intellect (Vol. 2nd Ed.).

Seja, N. (2015). Collective Passion - Singular Visions. Photo Forum - A New Zealand Legacy. Nina Seja, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, September 19 - September 25.

Seja, N. (2015). The Past is a Foreign Climate: Yuki Kihara Meets the Anthropocene. Art Monthly Australia (Vol. 285).

Seja, N., & Short, G. (2015). History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum. Nina Seja and Geoffrey H. Short, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, 22 August - 15 November.

Berman, S., Donaghey, S., & Seja, N. (2015). Gen Y Meets World War One: Reflections on an Interpretative Transmedia Project. Oral History Australia National Conference, Perth, Australia.
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Seja, N. (2014). The Photograph, The Archive, The History. King's College Fine Art Sale, King's College, Auckland, New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2014). In Hindsight:Writing PhotoForum's Forty Years. Pecha Kucha Auckland, Q Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2014). Writing Visual History. Blikfang Events, Blikfang Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2014). Refuge & Ritual Trust: Christine Webster's Therapies. Art New Zealand (Vol. 150/Winter).

Seja, N., Sameshima, H., Short, G., & Turner, J. B. (2014). History in the Taking: 40 Years of PhotoForum Panel Discussion. Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland.

Seja, N. (2014). Transmedia as Pedagogy. Media Ubiquity: Spaces, Places and Networks Symposium, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Donaghey, S., Berman, S., and Seja, N. (2014). Creating in Collaboration: Reflections on a World War One Recording Project. National Oral History Association of New Zealand Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2014). Book review of Anne Noble, The Last Road. Art New Zealand, Summer (Vol. 152).

Seja, N. (2014). Book review of ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart. Landfall Review, Landfall Review (Vol. December.).

Seja, N. (2014). PhotoForum at 40: Counterculture, Clusters, and Debate in New Zealand. Rim Books: Auckland.

Seja, N. (2014). The Photograph, The Archive, The History. King's College, Auckland.

Seja, N., and Short, G. (2014). History in the Taking: Forty Years of PhotoForum. Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, Auckland, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, NZ, 2014.

Seja, N., Donaghey, S., and Berman, S. (2014). Creating in Collaboration: Reflections on a World War One Transmedia Project. Telling Stories: Narrative and Metaphor Special Interest Network Symposium, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2012). The Collectors. Landfall (Vol. 223).

Seja, N. (2012). Life Beyond the Still Zone: Documentary Photography After Chernobyl. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (Vol. 40 (3)).

Seja, N. (2012). The Collectors. Landfall, Otago University Press (Vol. 223).

Seja, N. (2012). Review of C. Rentschler (2011). Media International Australia, Second Wounds: Victims' Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Vol. August 144).

Seja, N. (2012). The Limits of Victimhood: Suffering Others from Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Department of Film, TV, and Media Studies Seminar Series, Auckland University. 31 May, Auckland.

Seja, N. (2011). Book Review of Homay King: Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier. Media International Australia (Vol. November 141).

Seja, N. (2011). No Laughing Matter? Comedy and the Politics of the Terrorist/Victim. Continuum (Vol. Volume 25, Issue 2, Media and Security Cultures Special Issue).

Seja, N. (2011). Being There and Feeling Death: Sensing Neda and Zarmeena. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (Vol. Volume 36 Issue 1 & 2: The Aesthetics of Atrocity Special Issue).

Seja, N. (2010). Book review of Steven Maras: Screenwriting: History, Theory and Practice. Media International Australia (Vol. August 136).

Seja, N. (2010). "To Live in the Ruins: Women's Autobiographical Film and the Exile". Contained Memory International Conference, December 9-11, 2010. Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Seja, N. (2010). The Raft of Dannevirke. JAAM (Vol. 28).

Seja, N. (2010). The Hooded Man's Account: Fake Testimony and the Political Possibilities of Victimhood. New Historian's Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, August 30-31, 2010.

Seja, N. (2010). Bodies from the War on Terror. Invited talk for Victoria University of Wellington Media Studies Seminar Series, NZ.

Seja, N. (2009). Ma's Family Tree. JAAM (Vol. 27).

Seja, N. (2007). The Arrested Image: The Global Circulation of the Hostage and the Hostage Video. New York University Journal of Global Affairs (Vol. 2006-2007 Edition).

Seja, N. (2006). Moderator. Panel: Juan Monroy, "Capitalism for All: Father Dan's Peru, and the Alliance for Progress" and Derek Kane-Meddock. "Never Touch a Black Man's Radio: Rush Hour and the New Cultural Politics of the Biracial Buddy Film". Department of Cinema Studies Annual Conference, NYU, NY, USA, March 26, 2005.

Seja, N. (2006). New Media in Human Rights Witnessing. The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference. Law School, Syracuse University, USA, March 17 & 18, 2006.

Seja, N. (2004). "The Greatest Discovery of the Millennium.". Trout (Vol. 12).

Seja, N. (2004). "Inventory for Visible Scars.". Trout (Vol. 12).

Seja, N. (2004). One Aisle Over. Trout (Vol. 12).

Seja, N. (2000). "Let the Earth Hum: Articulating Phil Dadson." Documentary Film. .

Seja, N. (2000). "The Rain Takes Steps and Falls Across the Sky Like Korowai.". Trout (Vol. 7).

Seja, N. (2000). "From My Seat.". Trout (Vol. 7).