Confronting Capital's Capital: New York City in Modern and Contemporary Media and Film

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ACLA New York University 2014, March 20-23, 2014 (Deadline for Submissions 11/15/2013)

New York City is in many respects the center of the world, artistically, culturally, and, of course, economically. In the latter regard, it became site of resistance to neoliberal capitalism in the fall of 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street movement. But in a broader perspective, debates about capitalism have focused on defining what New York City means from the beginning of the neoliberal era, if not before. The seminar invites proposals on New York City's place in the historical imagination of contemporary and modern capitalism. We are interested in a diversity of proposals, from discussions and critiques of iconic films like Oliver Stone's Wall Street to ethnographies of Occupy Wall Street, from critiques of journalism during the Bloomberg Era to Marxian readings of HBO's Girls, from the environmental effects of real-estate development to the construction of gender in Billy Wilder's The Apartment. The working thesis of the seminar is that a more sustainable economic, artistic, and cultural future starts by reimagining New York City.

SEMINAR KEYWORDS: New York City, Film Studies, Television, Media, New Media, Marxism, Occupy Wall Street, Gender Studies