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Dana Selassie

PhD in Film and Television Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Dana 'Zhyon' Selassie has been involved in the television industry for over twenty years, being initially chosen as a teen co-host for a Government funded television-magazine show 'Fast Forward' in 1993, which sparked her interest in television production. Since then, she has worked in various areas of television production and live broadcasting, mastering skills in videography, digital editing, live directing/master control, writing, voice overs and on-camera talent. Dana was selected to serve as the first Television Producer of CITV, Bermuda's first Government-run television station in 2007. She was later promoted to the Senior Producer role where she was a key member of the production team that covered the production of Her Majesty the Queen's visit to Bermuda. Working on various projects throughout Bermuda, she has also worked for several years as a freelance producer, videographer, editor and documentary filmmaker.

Teaching Summary

I previously taught an Introduction to Media Arts class as Adjunct Lecturer at the Bermuda College for three years, and taught Media Arts, Television and Photography at the CedarBridge Academy for… read more

Research Summary

PhD (full-time) - currently registered Research Topic Negotiating Identity and Cultural Representation in Bermuda Television. Research Summary My thesis will investigate the emergence of television… read more

I previously taught an Introduction to Media Arts class as Adjunct Lecturer at the Bermuda College for three years, and taught Media Arts, Television and Photography at the CedarBridge Academy for two years in Bermuda, prior to attending the University of Nottingham. I have a passion for teaching and look forward to continuing in academia upon completion of my PhD.

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PhD (full-time) - currently registered Research Topic Negotiating Identity and Cultural Representation in Bermuda Television. Research Summary My thesis will investigate the emergence of television in colonial Bermuda and how it contributed to the negotiations of identity and cultural representation, post World War II. It will examine the relationship between Bermudian broadcasting and articulations of national identity throughout key periods in the island's social, political and economic history, drawing on international television and broadcast history and postcolonial theory. It will consider the relationship between Bermuda's emerging broadcasting industry and its transitioning national identity and discuss how this identity was formed by the historical and social relations between Bermuda, Britain, and the United States, situating Bermuda as an exemplar of hyper-hybridity. With the emergence of local television in the late 1950s, the introduction of the first racially integrated television station in the 1960s, and an evaluation of Bermuda's television industry from the 1970s-2000s, my research will continue to demonstrate and argue that there is a direct relationship between broadcasting and national identity. Additionally, it will be argued that Bermuda's colonial status and its Bermudian-British-American transitioning national identity has also impacted negotiations of cultural representation seen throughout Bermuda's maturing television industry. Research Interests Broadcasting and national identity; race and cultural representation in television during the 1960s and 1970s; hegemony, hybridity and emerging identities; women and indigenous cultures in broadcasting; American Forces Radio/Television Service during World War II. Research Supervisor/s: Dr. Paul Grainge, Associate Professor of Film Studies Dr. Roberta Pearson, Professor of Film and Television Studies Memberships MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference Papers & Presentations 'Negotiating Identity and Cultural Representation in Colonial Bermuda: The Prehistory of Television,' University of Newcastle's Postgraduate Conference of the Americas, March, 2013 Additional Information 2013-2014 MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Representative University of Nottingham

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