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The Department of Communication and Media 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.


On Black Technoculture

Andre Brock, Georgia Tech
Thursday, January 23, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
3100 Ehrlicher Room North Quad Map
Where does Blackness manifest In the ideology of Western technoculture? Technoculture is the American mythos (Dinerstein 2006) and ideology; a belief system powering the coercive, political, and carceral relations between culture and technology. Once enslaved, historically disenfranchised, never deemed literate, Blackness is understood as the object of Western technical and civilizational practices. This presentation is a critical intervention for internet research and science and technology studies (STS), reorienting Western technoculture’s practices of “race-as-technology” (Chun 2009) to visualize Blackness as technological subjects rather than as “things”. Hence, Black technoculture. Utilizing critical technocultural discourse analysis (Brock 2018), Afro-optimism, and libidinal economic theory, this presentation employs Black Twitter as an exemplar of Black cyberculture: digital practice and artifacts informed by a Black aesthetic.

André Brock is an associate professor of media studies at Georgia Tech. His scholarship examines racial representations in videogames, black women and weblogs, whiteness, blackness, and digital technoculture, as well as innovative and groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. His forthcoming book titled Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures will be published with NYU Press in February 2020, offering an innovative approach to understanding Black everyday lives mediated by digital technologies.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

FOR REMOTE PARTICIPANTS: Video from this talk will be streamed live. For video, during the event visit this URL:

Hosted by ESC: The Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing.
This event is co-sponsored by the Digital Studies Institute.

This lecture is generously supported by the School of Information; the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research; and the Department of Communication & Media in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.
Building: North Quad
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Communication Studies, Data Curation, Data Science, Digital, Digital Culture, Digital Cultures, Digital Media, Diversity, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Humanities, Information and Technology, Interdisciplinary, Politics, Social Media, Technical Communications
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Digital Studies Institute, School of Information, Center for Political Studies - Institute for Social Research, Communication and Media

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