Welcome to the annual keynote address for the Media and Communication Geography Specialty group! This year we are pleased to announce that the keynote will be conducted by Dr. Helen Morgan-Parmett. Dr. Morgan-Parmett comes to the 2018 AAG Annual Meeting from the Department of Theater at University of Vermont where she is the Edwin W. Lawrence Endowed Professor of Forensics and an Assistant Professor in the department. Her work focuses on critical media studies where she explores the roles the media plays in struggles of economic, social, and political power. More specifically she engages with media production and urban spaces, identifying race and ethnicity in contemporary and historical contexts. Her recent work, Down in Treme: Race, Place, and New Orleans on Television, uses New Orleans as a site to illuminate such political topics.
The address will be entitled: “Race, place, and New Orleans in Film and Television.” Frequently promoted for its uniqueness, as a cultural melting pot, the northernmost Caribbean city, or the place where laissez les bon temps rouler, New Orleans appears to hold a special place in the cultural imaginary of not only the United States but also, increasingly, the globe. In this talk, Morgan-Parmett takes stock of some of the ways in which media culture and practice, and particularly film and television, has helped to shape these discourses of New Orleans historically and the ways in which more recent shifts in the city’s post-Katrina cultural economy have implicated the industrial conditions of media in the city as well as its global representation. She considers especially these broader medial conditions in the context the city’s histories of racial struggle, antagonism, and resistance, and suggests that New Orleans is an important site for understanding the fault lines on which contemporary practices of global film and television intervene into what are, ultimately, very local struggles.
Dr. Morgan-Parmett's talk will be followed by discussion and the presentation of the annual Media and Communication specialty group student awards.
|Introduction||Emily Fekete American Association of Geographers||5||1:20 PM|
|Discussant||Helen Morgan-Parmett||95||1:25 PM|
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