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This Strange Relationship:

Mass Media and the Cultural Politics of

Racial Representation

April 2, 2010 | 10-11 a.m. | Location: South Meeting Room, Newcomb Hall

View the video of this session here.

This panel invites a critical reassessment of the media's role in the production of racial common sense, or what Darnell Hunt calls "raced ways of seeing".

Specific attention will be given to how mass-mediated representations of "racialized" communities have shaped and continue to define the social terms of the nation in ways that inform public conversations on social policy, citizenship, morality, rights, and entitlements, and access to resources.

To ensure that this conversation does not simply rehash previous debates that treat racial minorites as victims of the media, the panelists will all discuss ways in which various communication technologies can be harnessed to build transformational political movements geared toward addressing racial, class, and gender-based inequalities.



Hosted by the University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History, in collaboration with the Black Student Alliance, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and the McIntire Department of Art.