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See detailThe women behind the camera: Female entrepreneurship in the southern Nigerian video film industry
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Röschenthaler, Ute (Ed.) Cultural Entrepreneurship in Africa (in press)

In the academic debate about the southern Nigerian video industry (Nollywood), the role of women has generally been underestimated. Articles that focus on the connection between women and the video ... [more ▼]

In the academic debate about the southern Nigerian video industry (Nollywood), the role of women has generally been underestimated. Articles that focus on the connection between women and the video industry tend to analyse the discourse about gender that videos produce and circulate and see the videos as propagator of sexist and patriarchal stereotypes about women and their place in society. Some analysts have nuanced these criticisms by showing the variety and complexity of the gender discourse that videos circulate, and by emphasizing that the video stories make new forms of female social mobility visible. However, almost no attention has been given to the analysis of how the industry, as a form of business, has opened new spaces for women’s economic and social mobility. In this chapter I make an attempt at addressing this gap by focusing on the experience of a number of women who have successfully established themselves as entrepreneurs in the southern Nigerian video industry. Thanks to their specific business strategies, they have created new spaces for female economic and social mobility in this sector, and have gained pronounced social visibility, thus contributing to the construction of the collective imagination of women’s social and economic success. [less ▲]

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See detailMigration, prostitution and the representation of the black female subject in Nigerian video films about Italy
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (in press)

Much contemporary images of black women in Italian media are marked by the legacy of colonialist propaganda and tend to perpetuate a representation of black women as passive eroticized objects of the ... [more ▼]

Much contemporary images of black women in Italian media are marked by the legacy of colonialist propaganda and tend to perpetuate a representation of black women as passive eroticized objects of the white male gaze. In this sense, Ponzanesi’s call for ‘new and less biased representations, which could help to assess the multiple subject positions that black identities now occupy’ (2005: 179) is still relevant. This article responds to this call by analyzing two Nigerian video films that thematize migration and prostitution trafficking in Italy. By highlighting the complexity of the processes of ‘subjectivation’ taking place throughout the migratory process, these videos invite their viewers to look at the postcolonial subject’s responsibility in shaping the world in which s/he lives, and offer a representation of the black female subject able to go beyond the voyeuristic attitude that characterize much of the existing contemporary Italian visual culture about this topic. [less ▲]

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See detailTransposability of pedotransfer functions for estimating water retention of Algerian soils
Touil, Sami; Degré, Aurore ULg; Chabaca, Mohamed Nacer

in Desalination and Water Treatment (in press)

Testing the efficiency of a pedotransfer function (PTF) outside of its development data-set is one of the best ways for assessing its robustness. An important question which remains unanswered is how ... [more ▼]

Testing the efficiency of a pedotransfer function (PTF) outside of its development data-set is one of the best ways for assessing its robustness. An important question which remains unanswered is how transposable are PTFs to other agropedoclimatic contexts? Models developed and validated in a particular pedoclimatic context have been relatively little tested in other contexts. Particularly, no studies have been conducted until now to evaluate the PTFs for Algerian soils. In this study, eight (8) PTFs most frequently cited were considered. We used them to evaluate soil water retention at field capacity (FC) and wilting point (WP) on a set of 134 samples collected in the low Cheliff. The calculated Akaike information criterion and root mean square errors values showed that the Rawls, and Ghorbani Dashtaki et Homaee type 1 models were the best in estimation of soil water retention at FC (–709.795, 0.070 cm3 cm−3) and WP (–733.480, 0.064 cm3 cm−3). The poorer performances were presented by the PTFs developed on soils from Europe or United States where the organic matter values were much higher than the Algerian soils. However, the transposability of the PTFs formed from data spread from a wider area, produce more accurate predictions than those built from local data. [less ▲]

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See detailTrunk muscle profile in elite tennis players with and without low back pain
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Souchet, Matthieu et al

in Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness (in press)

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See detailJews and Christians in Late Africa : an hagiographical perspective
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lanfranchi, Pierluigi; Verheyden, Joseph (Eds.) Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity (titre provisoire) (in press)

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See detailExpression microarray as a tool to identify candidate blood biomarkers in horses suffering from inflammatory airway disease
Ramery, Eve ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (in press)

Background: Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) affects performance and well-being in horses. Diagnosis is primarily reached by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology but this is invasive and requires ... [more ▼]

Background: Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) affects performance and well-being in horses. Diagnosis is primarily reached by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology but this is invasive and requires sedation. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to identify candidate blood biomarkers of IAD using species-specific expression microarrays. Methods: Horse Gene Expression Microarrays were used to investigate global mRNA expression in circulating leukocytes from healthy and IAD-affected standardbreds and endurance horses. Results: Nine genes were significantly differentially regulated in standardbreds and 61 in endurance horses (P < 0.001). These genes were mainly related to inflammation (eg. ALOX15B, PLA2G12B and PENK), oxidant/antioxidant balance (eg. DUOXA2 and GSTO1-1) and stress (eg. V1aR, GRLF1, Homer-2 and MAOB). DUOXA2, ALOX15B, PLA2G12B, MAOB and GRLF1 variations of expression were further validated by RT-qPCR. The deregulation of the oxidant/antioxidant balance was demonstrated at the protein level by an increase of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in heparinised whole blood of IAD-affected standardbreds (P = 0.0025) and endurance horses (P = 0.0028). There was good correlation (r = 0.7354) between BAL neutrophil percentage and whole blood GPx activity in all horses. Conclusions: There is accumulating evidence that, even when systemic clinical signs are not evident, circulating leukocyte gene expression can reflect responses of other tissues, leading to potential diagnostic applications in the future. Although not specific for IAD, whole blood GPx activity appears to reflect BAL neutrophil percentage. This finding should be further assessed by testing a larger number of horses. [less ▲]

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See detail« Semen est sanguis christianorum » (Apol. 50, 13). Tertullien et l'hagiographie africaine
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lagouanère, Jérôme; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) Tertullianus Afer. Tertullien et la littérature chrétienne d'Afrique, IIe-VIe siècle (in press)

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See detail« Y a-t-il une africitas ? Une analyse statistique et quantitative trois passions de Maurétanie Césarienne »
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Longrée, Dominique; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) Langues anciennes et analyse statistique : cinquante ans après – Distances textuelles et intertextualités (in press)

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See detailSignes dans les textes, texte sur les signes. Actes du Colloque international. Liège, 6-7 septembre 2013.
Macedo, Gabriel ULg; Scappaticcio, Maria Chiara

Book published by Presses Universitaires de Liège (in press)

Proceedings of the international conference held at the University of Liège in 2013. Contributions on the subject of ponctuation, accentuation, critical and lectional signs in Greek and Latin texts.

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See detailJuvenal in Antinoë. Paleographic and Contextual Observations on P.Ant. s.n.
Macedo, Gabriel ULg

in Urbanik, Jakub (Ed.) Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology. Warsaw, 29 July - 3 August 2013 (in press)

Paleographic and contextual study of the only Juvenal manuscript found in Egypt.

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See detailTextes sur les signes: les sources latines
Macedo, Gabriel ULg

in Macedo, Gabriel; Scappaticcio, Maria Chiara (Eds.) Signes dans les textes, textes sur les signes. Actes du colloque international. Liège, 6-7 septembre 2013. (in press)

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See detailIl fragmentum Antinoense e la fortuna di Giovenale nell'Oriente greco
Macedo, Gabriel ULg

in Stramaglia, Antonio; Grazzini, Stefano; Dimatteo, Giuseppe (Eds.) Giovenale tra poesia, storia e ideologia. (in press)

A study of the reception of Juvenal's Satires in the Greek-speaking world, with special attention to the manuscript fragment found in Antinoe.

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See detailPremier Aperçu de la céramique de Bash Tapa
Mas, Juliette ULg

in Marti, L; Nicolle, C; Shawaly, K (Eds.) Recherches en Haute Mésopotamie 2. Mission archéologique de Bash Tapa (campagnes 2012-2013) et les enjeux de la recherche dans la région d'Erbil (in press)

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See detailBash Tapa 2013 : Le sondage stratigraphique 1
Mas, Juliette ULg; Angevin, Raphaël

in Marti, L; Nicolle, C; Shawaly, K (Eds.) Recherches en Haute Mésopotamie 2. Mission archéologique de Bash Tapa (campagnes 2012-2013) et les enjeux de la recherche dans la région d'Erbil (in press)

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See detailFrancesco Salviati tra modelli letterari e figurativi
Geremicca, Antonio ULg

Book published by Campisano - 1re éd. (in press)

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See detailAvenues of participation and strategies of control: Video film production and social mobility in Ethiopia and southern Nigeria
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Banks, Miranda (Ed.) Production Studies II, The Sequel (in press)

With a few exceptions, the emerging field of production studies has dealt mainly with the analysis of Western film industries. This chapter addresses this gap by looking at the growing African digital ... [more ▼]

With a few exceptions, the emerging field of production studies has dealt mainly with the analysis of Western film industries. This chapter addresses this gap by looking at the growing African digital film production industries in Southern Nigeria and Ethiopia, and by pointing out the specificities of the production cultures that have emerged within this context. By applying an ethnographic approach to the study of film production, this chapter highlights the ambiguous position that digital film production occupies in these two countries between, on the one hand, the creation of new avenues of economic and social mobility, and on the other the emergence of strategies of exclusion and control. [less ▲]

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See detailMarketing in Nollywood
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Mingant, Nolwenn (Ed.) Film Marketing Into the Twenty-First Century (in press)

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See detailNigerian migrants, Nollywood videos and the emergence of an ‘anti-humanitarian’ representation of migration in Italian cinema
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Bonsaver, Guido (Ed.) Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative (in press)

This paper looks at migration and the politics of representation in contemporary Italian cinema by comparing one of the Nigerian videos recently produced in Italy, Akpegi Boys (2009), directed by Vincent ... [more ▼]

This paper looks at migration and the politics of representation in contemporary Italian cinema by comparing one of the Nigerian videos recently produced in Italy, Akpegi Boys (2009), directed by Vincent Omoigui and Simone Sandretti, with two recent Italian films which portray the experience of Nigerian migrants in Italy, Marco and Antonio Manetti’s Torino Boys (1997), and Enrico Verra’s Sotto il Sole Nero (2004). Interestingly enough both films take, implicitly and explicitly, Nigerian videos as a narrative and aesthetic reference in order to build an innovative representation of Nigerian migrants in Italy, thus positioning themselves in an original position vis-à-vis the growing corpus of Italian films about migration emerged over the past two decades. As this paper argues, these three films allow us to identify the emergence of what could be defined as an “anti-humanitarian” representation of migration. By defining their attitude as anti-humanitarian, I do not intend to mean that these films assume a negative or derogatory perspective on migration. On the contrary, what I intend to highlight is that these are films that, by using a number of specific narrative and aesthetic strategies such as, among others, the reference to Nollywood commercial and exploitation filmmaking style, make an attempt to go beyond the binary representation that much debate on migration in Italy implicitly embraces, a representation according to which the migrant is either seen as an invader or as a victim. By playing with cultural references that belong to the contemporary cultural universe of Nigerian migrants themselves, these films suggest the possibility of building a bridge between the diverging ways in which Italians and (in this case Nigerian) migrants look at migration. This encounter has the potential of helping Italian directors and intellectuals in deconstructing their hegemonic gaze on migrants and migration phenomena, and has the possibility to inaugurate an healthy as much as needed process of decentralization and provincialization of singularly “Italian” perspectives on migration in Italy. [less ▲]

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