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Joshua D. Miner, PhD

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-6299
Summerfield Hall
Room 118C
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave. Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


Joshua D. Miner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies. He received graduate degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Iowa, where his research focused on interactions between the organizational media of U.S./Canadian bureaucracy and Native/First Nations activist film, visual art, and new media. Since coming to KU, he has taught courses in documentary film & media, digital media and culture, Native/Indigenous film & media, and tactical and activist media.

Joshua began his work in Native U.S./Canadian film, Indigenous media theory, and critical health studies. His recent projects have explored how Native new media artists engage in public health advocacy via social media networks, including how these projects generate new protocols for Indigenous content creation and social mobilization. At present, he is at work researching tactical practices in cybercartography and Indigenous game design.

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa

M.A., University of North Texas

Teaching Interests

  • Global Indigenous film & media
  • Tactical media
  • Documentary film & media
  • Digital media and culture
  • Transmedia studies
  • Video game studies
  • Emerging cinema

Research Interests

  • Native U.S./Canadian film & digital media
  • Indigenous media theory
  • Tactical and activist media
  • Transmedia studies
  • Social and participatory media
  • Procedural media & design
  • Embodied media interaction
  • Critical health studies

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Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
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Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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