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Graduate Symposium "Horizons of Identity in Media" to feature prominent speaker

Friday, November 21, 2014

The KU Film and Media Studies Graduate Council is proud to announce it will be hosting its 18th Annual Graduate Symposium on February 6th and 7th, 2015. This year’s theme is “Horizons of Identity in Media” which will examine the various ways in and means by which media can be said to offer transformative potentials for identity formation (including gaps and slippages) as well as transgression. The Graduate Council welcomes all theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines that would like to add to the discussion of identity in media. We also encourage submissions that explore media beyond film and television.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mapping identity to the body
  • The relationship between affect and identity
  • Shifting gender identities in the post-network era (Racial) Identities in border media
  • Transmedia influence on identity formation
  • Historical links between media and identity

Dr. Mary Beltrán, Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas-Austin, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Beltrán specializes in critical race studies and television and film studies and she is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of American Studies. Her research is focused on the construction of race, class, and gender—with particular emphasis on Latina/os and mixed race representation— in U.S. television, film, and celebrity culture, and how media texts and producers articulate and challenge social hierarchies and group identities. She also has strong interest in and teaches on U.S. television and film history, critical and cultural studies of television and film, celebrity studies, feminist media studies, media activism and alternative media.


We invite graduate students to submit a 300 word abstract proposal by December 12, 2014. Please send submissions and any questions you may have to the email provided below. Accepted proposals will be notified by January 10.

For more info email: KUFMSGradSymposium@gmail.com

Organizers:  Spencer Harkness, Zachary Ingle, Amit Patel, Zach Saltz, Patrick Terry, and Mike Van Esler 

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