Current Schedule

Over the Winter 2018 Quarter, the Mass Culture Workshop will meet on Fridays at 11:00 am in Cobb 311, unless otherwise noted.

January 12: Gary Kafer, PhD Student in Cinema and Media Studies

Conjuring the Algorithmic Specter

Discussant: Marc Downie, Lecturer in Cinema and Media Studies

January 19: Brian White, PhD Candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations

The session will be co-hosted by APEA workshop. Time and Location: CEAS 319 at 3:00pm

Asian Aliens: Race and Ethnicity in 1960s Japanese Speculative Fiction

Discussant: Cody Jones, PhD Student in Comparative Literature and Divinity

January 26: Sean Batton, PhD Student in Cinema and Media Studies

L’Entraînement mental: The Medvedkin Groups and Popular Education

Discussant: Matt Hubbell, PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies

February 16: Allyson Field, Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies

African American Kiss Films, Minstrelsy, and Early Cinema: An Investigation in Two Parts

March 9: Mini-SCMS Conference

Aurore Spiers, “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité”: The 1923 French Ban of The Birth of a Nation and the African American Myth of Color-blind France

Ritika Kaushik, Truth, Historiography and Documentary Strategy: Shohei Imamura’s A Man Vanishes

Amy Skjerseth, Sounding out of Time: Audio-visual Inscriptions of Feminine and Nonhuman Subjectivity in The Wall/Die Wand (2012)

Nicole Morse, Meanwhile, Later, A Little Earlier: Digital Queer Archival Possibilities through Shea Couleé’s Lipstick City (2016)

We are committed to making Mass Culture an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If there is anything we can do to facilitate your participation, or if you simply have questions, please do not hesitate to email Panpan ( or Jenisha (, your 2017-2018 workshop coordinators.

We look forward to seeing you!

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