AFR 315 Fall 2012 Blackness 2.0: Race, Film and New Technologies

Cross Listed as AMST315
Media theorists have raised three key questions regarding representations of race (or the lack thereof) within contemporary media forms: (1) Is race a liability in the 21st century where utopian forecasts suggest a race-free or `post-race' future" (2) Is there more to new media and race than assumptions about a 'digital divide'? (3) Are race distinctions truly eliminated with digital technologies? In this course we will respond to these questions by investigating the nuanced ways that race becomes constructed in popular media forms. Although we will largely focus on representations of blackness in modern film, we will also explore the implications of `new' medias and technologies upon the categories of race, gender, and sexuality. We will, for example, consider how avatar-based social and entertainment medias become viable forums for conceptualizing race, and whether or not these formats are somehow `better' spaces in which racialized `bodies' can exist. Additional discussion topics may include: how racial discourses in the `real world' are (or are not) reshaped and redefined in the virtual world; blogosphere politics; social networking; gaming and the virtual world; activism on the web; and fandom in the twitter era.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation, maintenance & update of a personal blog (including weekly reading-related posts), & the design of a final, original multimedia project explicitly connected to race & new media/race & new technologies
Additional Info: May not be taken pass/fail. Not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Africana concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 13
Expected Enrollment: 13
Class Number: 1817
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
AFR315-01(F) SEM Blackness 2.0 Division 2: Social Studies Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hollander 158 1817
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