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"Racialized Depictions in Detroit," a presentation by Craig Hennigan

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Mar 15, 2013 10:09:59 AM

detroitstudiesSponsored by the Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove College: A continuing multi-disciplinary series of presentations and discussions focusing on recent scholarship about Detroit

You are invited to "Racialized Depictions in Detroit," a presentation by Craig Hennigan Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communications, Wayne State University

There is a large effort being undertaken to revitalize postindustrial rust belt cities.  Detroit, Michigan has had an influx of filmmakers documenting that effort to increase business and economic opportunities.  While racial tropes and memes have been studied in many forms of fictional narrative films, there is less work done in the documentary genre.  Finding racial “semes” in the film Detroit Lives, we see that the documentary style can be used to shut the black body out of discourses of urban revitalization.  Because documentary implies truth-telling and recording of history, the style is especially problematic when depicting the black body in ways that omit them from the possession of the city spaces in which they dwell.

Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time:  11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Place:  Room 241 in the Liberal Arts Building

Marygrove College: 8425 W. McNichols (Wyoming at McNichols) Detroit, MI 48221
Parking is free

For additional information contact Mary Byrnes (mbyrnes4404@marygrove.edu) 313-927-1289.

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