Racialicious at the RESI Symposium

by Latoya Peterson

Hey readers!

I’m out here at Texas A & M University at the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute Symposium on Race, Ethnicity, and (New) Media:

The Race & Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University convenes a symposium every other year, and the proposed theme for the 2008-2009 year is Shifting Terrains: Inequalities in the 21st Century, and the symposium itself is to focus on Race, Ethnicity, and (New) Media. The explosion of work on New Media (including the Internet, mobile devices, Web 2.0) and the juxtaposition and overlap between ‘old’ media (radio, television, film, and mass-print media) and New Media is a rich field of cultural production and scholarly research in which scholars of race and ethnicity have not been particularly well-represented. However, there are cutting edge scholars who do indeed explore various aspects of race/ethnicity and (New) Media (including audience/fan studies, representations of racial and ethnic identities in a variety of media, identity-focused online communities, etc.).

I’m here to present a keynote on “Talking About Race In Digital Space” and present an academic* paper titled “Eww, WTF?!?! You Got Your Social Justice In My Video Game.”

In the meantime, I’m here with some amazing people. Dr. Lisa Nakamura spoke last night, with a keynote titled: ʺDonʹt Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Racialization of Virtual Labor in Virtual Worlds.ʺ

I’ve been really excited about this conference – you’ll see why when you read the program, after the jump.

10:00 ‐ 10:25 a.m. Coffee and Opening Remarks, Rudder Tower, Room 301

10:30 a.m. ‐ 12:15 p.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 – Multicultural Media Representations Chair: Srividya Ramasubramanian, TAMU Communication

“American‐Muslim Identity: Advertising, Mass Media + New Media,” Michael Hastings‐Black (Desedo Films, New York, NY) [Digital film presentation]

“Media Representations of Multiculturalism in the 1990s: Declining Salience and Shifting Semantics,” Dennis J. Downey (Sociology, California State University, Channel Islands) and Jonathan H. Westover (Sociology, University of Utah)

“YouTube: Black Existentialism and Network Participation,” Aymar Jean Christian (University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communication)
Discussant: Antonio La Pastina, TAMU Communication

12:15 ‐ 2:00 p.m. Lunch (Box lunch provided with registration), Rudder Tower, Room 302

2:15 ‐ 3:45 p.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 – Race and Fandom Chair: Ashley Currier, TAMU Sociology

“‘Harshin Ur Squeez’: Visual Rhetorics of Anti‐Racist Work in LiveJournal Fandoms,” Robin Anne Reid (Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University‐Commerce)

“Racism and Unreal Reality: A look at the Shetty‐Goody episode,” Anirban Mukhopadhyay (Communication Studies, University of Iowa) Discussant: Patrick Burkart, TAMU Communication

3:45 ‐ 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Break: Coffee, Tea and Soda Rudder Tower, Room 302

4:00 ‐ 5:30 p.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 – Race and Gaming Chair: Janie Filoteo, TAMU Sociology/Lone Star College Sociology

“When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong”: Resident Evil 5, Racial Representation, and Gamers,” André Brock (School of Library & Information Science, University of Iowa)

“Gaming Manhood in African American Culture,” Betsy James DiSalvo and Amy Bruckman (Electronic Learning Communities Lab, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology)

ʺEwww ‐ You Got Your Social Justice in My Video Game!ʺ Latoya Peterson (racialicious.com) Discussant: Rosalind Chou, TAMU Sociology

5:45 ‐ 7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own (Bus leaves MSC at 5:45 p.m. to return to hotel; bus leaves hotel at 7:45 to return to campus for keynote address)

8:00 ‐ 9:30 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS III: Henry Bial, University of Kansas: ʺJew Media: Performance and Technology in the 58thCentury.ʺ (Introduction: Giovanna Del Negro, TAMU English) Rudder Tower, Room 301

9:30 ‐ 11:00 p.m. Reception with Cash Bar, Stark Galleries, Memorial Student Center
(For those attending the reception only, a bus will leave the hotel for campus at 9:00 p.m.; for those not attending the reception, a bus will leave for the hotel at 9:30 p.m.; after the reception, a bus will leave for the hotel at 11:00 p.m.)

Saturday, 2 May

8:30 ‐ 9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee Rudder Tower, Room 302

9:00 ‐ 10:15 a.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 KEYNOTE ADDRESS IV: Latoya Peterson, Racialicious.com: “Talking About Race in Digital Space” (Introduction: Aaron Pinnick, TAMU Sociology)

10:15 ‐ 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break, Rudder Tower, Room 302

10:30 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 – Asian and Asian American Representations Online Chair: Rosalind Chou, TAMU Sociology

“A Japanese Social Network Site mixi and the Imagined Boundary of “Japan,” Ryuta Komaki (Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign)

“Desi Webs: South Asian America, Online Cultures and the Politics of Race,” Madhavi Mallapragada (Dept. of Radio‐TV‐Film, University of Texas‐Austin)
Discussant: Aaron Pinnick, TAMU Sociology

12:15 ‐ 1:15 p.m. Lunch (Box lunch provided with registration), Rudder Tower, Room 302

1:30 ‐ 2:30 p.m. Rudder Tower, Room 301 – Global Race and Digital Media I Chair: Nicole Castor, TAMU Anthropology

“(Con)Testing Identities: Haitian and Indian Women’s Use of Social Networking Platforms,” Manoucheka Celeste, Phil Howard, & Tabitha Hart (Communication, University of Washington)

“Be(com)ing cyber Mocro’s: Digital media, migration and glocalized youth cultures,” Koen Leurs (Research Institute for Culture and History, Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
Discussant: Jennifer L. Davis, TAMU Sociology

Closing – Sarah N. Gatson Rudder Tower, Room 301

2: 45 ‐ 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break, Rudder Tower, Room 302

*Bus leaves for hotel at 3:45 p.m.

*I use this term loosely.