#identity by the Color of New Media

Thursday, Nov 02, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

691 Barrows Hall, CRG Conference Room, UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

CRG Thursday Forum Series presents…

#identity by the Color of New Media

The CRG working group, The Color of New Media, has recently completed its first manuscript for publication, an edited volume called #identity, about Twitter and race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and nationality.  The two faculty organizers of The Color of New Media, and two contributing authors (one current Berkeley graduate student and one Berkeley alum), will read from excerpts from their #identity essays and discuss the book project, as well as the working group itself.


Malika Imhotep: Ph.D. Student, African American Studies and DE in New Media
Aaminah Norris: Assistant Professor, College of Education, Sacramento State
Keith Feldman: Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
Abigail De Kosnik: Associate Professor, Berkeley Center for New Media and Dept. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies



Aaminah Norris is Assistant Professor in the Teaching Credentials Branch of the College of Education at Sacramento State University. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low income students of color. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16.  She researches, teaches, and advocates use of digital and social media in formal and informal learning environments to address racial and gender inequities. Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In.

Malika Imhotep is a black feminist writer/root worker from Atlanta, GA currently pursuing a doctoral degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her thinking engages black femme performance aesthetics and cultural production throughout the African Diaspora.

Abigail De Kosnik is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM, bcnm.berkeley.edu) and the Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies (TDPS, tdps.berkeley.edu).  She is the author of Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (MIT Press, 2016).  She has published articles on media fandom, popular digital culture, and performance studies in Cinema Journal, The International Journal of Communication, Modern Drama, Transformative Works and Cultures, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Performance Research, and elsewhere.  She is the co-editor, with Sam Ford and C. Lee Harrington, of the edited essay collection The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2011).  De Kosnik is Filipina

Keith Feldman is an Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His research program takes cultural studies approaches to theorize and narrate the interface between race, culture, knowledge, and state power. He explores race as a “master category” (following Omi and Winant) and as a “medium” (following WJT Mitchell) by crafting comparative, relational, intersectional, and transnational analyses situated in localized and embodied contexts. His first book A Shadow over Palestine: The Imperial Life of Race in America (Minnesota, 2015) received the 2017 Best Book in Humanities and Cultural Studies (Literary Studies) from the Association for Asian American Studies; and was a Finalist for the American Studies Association’s 2016 Lora Romero First Book Publication prize.


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