Upcoming Events

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Spring 2015


April 23-25, 2015
(UN)Civil Mediations - A Civil Rights & Visual Culture Symposium

A Law, Identity and Culture Initiative in the School of Law event, co-sponsored by the American Cultural Studies and African and African-American Studies programs, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences; the Office of the Provost Diversity and Inclusion Grant; Washington University Libraries; and the Missouri History Museum.

Thursday, April 23
7:30 pm, Steinberg Auditorium: Film Screening
Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968 and Q&A with producer Judy Richardson
3:30 pm, Danforth University Center, Room 276: Related American Cultural Studies Event
Photography as a Medium of Change: Practice, Politics and History
Featured Panelists: Matthew Fox-Amato, Washington University; Angela Miller, Washington University; Leigh Raiford, University of California, Berkeley; Adrian O. Walker, Photographer

Friday, April 24
1:00 pm, Women’s Building Formal Lounge: Symposium, Introductions and welcome
1:10–2:30 pm: Women’s Building Formal Lounge: Resistance and Its Afterlife: Art, Film and Performance
Paige McGinley, Washington University, Rehearsing Nonviolence: Towards a Performance History of the Civil Rights Movement
Michael Gillespie, Ohio University, Bear Witness: Contemporary Art and Civil Rights America
Courtney Baker, Connecticut College, Disobedient Cinema: Film as Terrain of Struggle in 12 Years a Slave and Selma
2:45–4:15 pm, Women’s Building Formal Lounge: Framing Civil Rights: U.S. Comics and the Civil Rights Movement
Qiana Whitted, University of South Carolina, Comics and Emmett Till
Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College, Representing Reform: Sam Wilson, Luke Cage and Nixon’s America
Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University, The Content of Our Caricature
4:30 pm, Keynote Address-Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Watching with Dispassion: Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies 

Saturday, April 25
2 pm, Missouri History Museum, AT&T Multipurpose Room
Post-Race? Interrogations, Provocations & Disruptions Lecture Series
Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania
“My Ghost Is Holding On”: Nina Simone, Freedom and the Art of the Contemporary 


Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

American Culture Studies presents "Photography as a Medium of Change: Practice, Politics, and History" Panel Discussion
Time: 3:30- 5:15 pm, Danforth Campus, DUC 276

What are the politics of representing the black subject and the black community in photography? What moral obligations do photographers confront when photographing civil rights struggles--to the community? to presenting multiple viewpoints? to creating an archive for the local community, in its effort to know and preserve its stories for future generations? Who are the imagined audiences for civil rights photography? what are the politics of the photographer's physical presence--inserting her/his body into the scene of struggle? coming into the community invited or uninvited? how do photographs engage with and potentially transform public discourse in the age of social media? Should the photographer aspire to create an "iconic image," of the sort that so powerfully shapes understandings of the mid-20th-century civil rights movement?

The panel is the second in a series of AMCS "Master Classes" which invites and creates conversations about the politics of practicing, theorizing and historicizing art forms. The goal is to create a platform upon which practitioners, historians, theoreticians, researchers and teachers can, from their different perspectives, discuss the politics of such media. 

Featured Panelists:
Matthew Fox-Amato, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Washington University
Angela Miller, Professor, Art History and Archeology, Washington University
Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Adrian O. Walker, Photographer

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Questions? Contact

Gail Boker at gboker@wustl.edu