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Racialized Depictions in Detroit Documentary

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 11:45am - 01:15pm
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Sponsored 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 a presentation by:

Craig Hennigan

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communications,

Wayne State University

Racialized Depictions in Detroit Documentary

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) 313-927-1289.

Location : Room 241 in the Liberal Arts Building
Contact : Mary Byrnes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) 313-927-1289
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