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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


How Black is American Film History?: A Scholarship and Pedagogy Mini-Conference

Guest speakers include Cara Caddoo (Indiana University), Miriam Petty (Northwestern University), and Nicholas Sammond (University of Toronto).
Friday, October 26, 2018
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Gallery Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library Map
The event investigates the formation of the American film industry from its origins into the 1940s and beyond, paying special attention to the racially specific underpinnings of stardom, animation, and exhibition. The mini-conference's invited speakers will discuss their groundbreaking research into the complex relationships between black audiences and black performers in the classical Hollywood era, early American animation’s reliance on blackface minstrelsy, and understanding African American film exhibition before 1930 as broadcasts of racial uplift and demands to control their own visual representation on screen. During the pedagogy session, the speakers will also interrogate how research into film history and cinema-related archival collections can help University faculty and graduate student instructors foster and facilitate critical discussions of race with their students.
Building: Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Film, Graduate, Media, Research, Scholarship
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Film, Television, and Media, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Rackham Graduate School, Center for World Performance Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of History, Communication Studies

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