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Actors and the Anti-Rerun Campaign Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: The early 1970s marked a number of significant changes in the television landscape: new regulatory structures, the growth of cable, and shifts in programming including a steep rise in televised reruns. By 1972, reruns constituted over half of prime time network television. Although this practice benefited the financial bottom-line for producers, it was frustrating […]

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Booker T. Mattison has been awarded a Special Funding Grant Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison has been awarded a Special Funding Grant ($750) from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts to support visual effects and film festival submission costs associated with his short film, Ungubani (Who Are You?). The 15-minute narrative short film tells the story of a young black man who puts himself at risk […]

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Book Chapter: Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Feminism Shira Chess

Abstract: Kim Kardashian has received much attention for her media empire, including her game, published by Glu Mobile. The game’s premise plays a role in what I characterize as “Feminine Play Style,” an emerging mode of video games that functions through assumptions about an idealized vision of the woman player and her relationship with leisure […]

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Kate Fortmueller received the David H. Culbert Routledge-IAMHIST Prize for Best Article by an Established Scholar 2018

Kate Fortmueller received the David H. Culbert Routledge-IAMHIST Prize for Best Article by an Established Scholar 2018 for:  Fortmueller, K. (2018.) “Gendered Labour, Gender Politics: How Edith Head Designed her Career and Styled Women’s Lives,” Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television Vol. 38 No. 3, 474-494.

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Time’s Up (Again?): Transforming Hollywood’s Industrial Culture Kate Fortmueller

Abstract: In the 1970s, almost fifty years before the “Time’s Up” movement, women in Hollywood unions organized “women’s committees” to counter institutional sexism and address rampant underemployment. While the unions supported the general motive behind these committees’ efforts, women activists struggled to gather information about hiring practices and enact policy changes. To understand gender inequity […]

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Narrativizing Climate Change Through Popular Culture Jay Hamilton

Vincent, Theodore*, and Jay Hamilton. (Forthcoming.) “Narrativizing Climate Change Through Popular Culture.”  The Peace Review. Abstract: This article attempts to explain lack of action taken to address climate change. It locates part of the problem in the difficulty of concretely grasping something as amorphous, complex and expansive as climate change. It argues that how climate […]

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Other Notables Anandam (Andy) Kavoori and Taylor Cole Miller

Andy Kavoori has been selected for a Fulbright award. He will serve as the Garcia-Robles-Fulbright Distinguished Chair in U.S. Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for the Spring 2020 academic term.  He will teach courses on American Media, Culture and Politics, plus conduct ethnographic research on Son Jarocho, a regional and diasporic entertainment […]

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Push, pull, rerun: Television reruns and streaming media. Anne Gilbert

Abstract: In scholarly and industry analyses of television’s expansion into online distribution, few have accounted for the specific negotiations required when old television content streams on new media. This article considers the economic consequences, viewer utility, and cultural position of television reruns as they expand from the pushed flows of legacy television to the pull […]

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The end of casual; long live casual. Shira Chess

Abstract: When we discuss games, as a culture, the games under discussion are often presumed almost always a “core” (or “hardcore”) games. However, video games are change rapidly. The market has been shifting for years with increased revenue and game play occurring in casual and mobile gaming. Revenue streams have are now flowing from digital […]

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Technology and digital journalism: Uses and effects in storytelling. Ivanka (Radovic) Pjesivac

Abstract: This panel will provide a discussion on benefits and challenges of teaching journalism innovation and will offer tips on how to include technology innovation in journalism classes. It will offer perspectives from both academia and industry, including the experience of one professor who has adopted digital and hackathon culture to produce award-winning, innovative journalism […]

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