Blackness 2.0: Race, Film and New Technologies
Cross-listed as AMST315 / AFR315 / SCST315
Are distinctions of race truly eliminated with digital technologies? Through an engagement with scholarship in media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and Africana studies (to name a few), this course will investigate the nuanced ways blackness is (re)constructed and (re)presented in digital technologies. Although we will largely focus on representations of blackness in modern film, we will examine the impact of ‘new’ technologies upon the broader categories of race, gender, and sexuality. Additional topics may include: avatar-based entertainment; race in the ‘real’ vs ‘virtual’ world; emoji wars; blogosphere politics; internet and hashtag activism; social networking and a post-race future; and fandom in the twitter era.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on participation and attendance, creation and maintenance of a personal blog, structural analyses for film, and design of an original multimedia project.
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Arts in Context Electives; AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; FMST Core Courses