Racialisation and the Media: From Television to Twitter

Tue, 20 Apr 2021, 17:30 – Thu, 22 Apr 2021, 22:00 BST

A multidisciplinary virtual conference exploring the nexus between race and the media from the dawn of television to the present day.

In the mid-twentieth century two mutually influencing revolutions took place, one technological and one socio-political; the emergence of television and the advent of the civil rights movement both fundamentally altered American society and the wider world. Today, digital technologies are reshaping social relations, while the renewed visibility of white supremacist activism has precipitated a new and urgent chapter in the long struggle for racial equality.

This conference will bring together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences in conversation with media practitioners outside the academy to explore the intersections of media, technology, and race – past and present. Please join us online for an exciting line-up of invited speaker panel discussions, moderated conversations, and roundtables each of which will provide time for audience questions.

Zoom links for each session will be sent out to those registered the week before the conference.

DAY 1 : TUESDAY 20 APRIL

Chair: Sage Goodwin

A reckoning with whiteness has been taking place in the twenty-first century news industry. Journalists of colour have been fighting to make North American newsrooms recognise that racism within the news media has resulted in the failure of the fourth estate to adequately and accurately cover communities of colour and to report on racial injustice. Central to this failure to hire, promote, and retain journalists of colour is a belief in the journalistic ideal of objectivity.

This panel of former and current journalists and scholars of the news media will explore the battle to create an equitable, truthful, and trustworthy press and what lies beyond the objectivity paradigm.

The event is one hour and 15 minutes. The last 20 minutes will be open for audience questions

Panellists: Prof. Jane Rhodes, Radiyah Chowdhury, Prof. Candis Callison, and Carla Murphy

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL

What does it mean to be a Black woman working in the publishing industry? Centering the voices and experiences of Black women editors, authors, and cultural workers, this roundtable discussion will explore issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class within the arena of British publishing.

The session will focus on the complex experiences that Black women face in an industry that continues to direct the majority of its resources towards white agents, editors, and authors alike. In exploring the impact that misogynoir has in shaping the experiences of Black women in the publishing industry, this roundtable will also look at the creative and visionary ways that each of the speakers have charted new paths for themselves and for each other.

Speakers: Marianne Tatepo, Theophina Gabriel, and Black Girls’ Book Club: Melissa Cummings Quarry & Natalie A. Carter

Chair: Jade Bentil

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