Surviving the Academia

February 7, 2024
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Season 2, Episode 4 | Movies and Mind

What actions of mind an editor goes through in getting from a massive material to something
coherent? Karen Pearlman posed this question in a widely viewed video on “This Guy Edits”
on YouTube (5 Things Film Editors Literally Do – According To Science ( Today we
are exploring the matter by diving into the wild realms of film studies and the intricate labyrinths of the human mind. Buckle up for an exhilarating journey as we unravel the cosmic dance between film editing and cognitive science. For that, we have a very special guest visiting us in this episode, Mary Sweeney. She is the popular editor and producer of some of my favourite movies (such as Mullholand drive) but also professor at the University of South California with a special interest in neuroscience. We have invited her to talk about our two favourite areas of research, film studies and human mind studies. We are embarking on a captivating exploration of the intersection between film editing and cognitive science.
Does that sound interesting to you? Then you have arrived at the right place, welcome to Surviving the Academia.

About Surviving the Academia

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.

Producer: Jose Cañas-Bajo
Hosts: Jose Cañas-Bajo and Cynthia Cabañas
Guests: Mary Sweeney
Sound recording and editing: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded and edited at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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