UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Native Americans and the Media

full name / name of organization: 
Lindsay Palmer

University of Califoria at Riverside
Graduate Humanities Conference, April 11-12, 2008

As the first decade of a new century comes to a close, the rhetoric of
social equality for so-called minorities continues to permeate U.S.
politics. The print, broadcast, and Internet news media have played a
particularly important role in creating the illusion of such equality
through visual representation of monolithic identity-groups such as
the “Native American” category. In what ways have the multi-faceted
indigenous peoples of North American suffered because of this visual
representation, not only in the news media, but in film and television
entertainment as well? In what ways have they benefitted? And finally,
how does Native American literature negotiate the identities assigned to
indigenous peoples through the social surveillance that the media
facilitates? Potential topics include:

Native Americans and television news
Native Americans and contemporary photography
Native Americans and talk radio
Native Americans and the New Media
Native Americans in contemporary film
Native Americans and television entertainment
Native American literature
Native American critical theory

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be emailed to
lindsay.palmer_at_email.ucr.edu by February 15, 2008 (text in the body of
the message; please no attachments).

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