UW CCDE to Host Race and Media Conference

May 10-12th, 2018

The mission of the conference is four-fold:

  1. To recognize that racial difference, racialized identities, and racism play a critical role in media production, distribution, and consumption.
  2. To highlight the prevailing rhetoric of post-racism, which combined with an increasing threat to ethnic studies and other academic programs that focus on identity, have weakened our ability to call attention to race.
  3. To reinvigorate conversations about the complex relationship between race and media, and the necessary role of praxis, or theory-in-action, of race and media scholarship.
  4. To foster an academic community of members who engage, develop, mentor, and support fellow scholars of race and media across and within rank.

The conference will be held Thursday through Saturday May 10 to 12, in the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The event is organized by staff and faculty of the center, including Ralina Joseph, UW associate professor of communication, its founder and director. The full schedule is listed online.

Jane Rhodes, professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, under the title “In These Dark Times: The (Re)Making of a Radical Black Public Sphere.”

“This conference is an opportunity for scholars to share their cutting-edge work on all aspects of race and media,” Dr. Joseph said. “Studying race and media is so important because in our starkly segregated lives, the media is one of the few places that people engage regularly with folks who are different races than themselves. But what happens when racialized difference only happens on our screens?  This is what we’ll be talking about.”

On the final afternoon, the conference will present several collaborative projects and video presentations from researchers in the School of Public Health, College of Education, UW Bothell’s Digital Future Lab and the Information School.

The 2018 Race and Media Conference is made possible by the generous support of Microsoft.