UW Communication Spring 2020 Colloquia
The UW Department of Communication is excited to present two virtual colloquia this spring quarter, featuring Dr. André Brock from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi from the University of New Mexico.
Please find details of their presentations below:
Date: May 13, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. André Brock
Title: On Race and Technoculture
Where does Blackness manifest in the ideology of Western technoculture? Technoculture is the American mythos (Dinerstein 2006) and ideology—a belief system powering the coercive, political, and carceral relations between culture and technology. Once enslaved, historically disenfranchised, never deemed literate, Blackness is understood as the object of Western technical and civilizational practices.
During this colloquium, Dr. Brock will present a critical intervention for internet research and science and technology studies (STS), reorienting Western technoculture’s practices of “race-as-technology” (Chun 2009) to visualize Blackness as technological subjects rather than as “things.” Hence, Black technoculture.
Utilizing critical technocultural discourse analysis (Brock 2018), Afro-optimism, and libidinal economic theory, Dr. Brock’s presentation employs Black Twitter as an exemplar of Black cyberculture: digital practice and artifacts informed by a Black aesthetic.
André Brock is an associate professor of media studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His scholarship examines racial representations in social media, video games, Black women and weblogs, whiteness, and technoculture, including innovative and groundbreaking research on Black Twitter. His first book, titled “Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures,” was published in 2020 with NYU Press and theorizes Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.
Date: May 27, 2020
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi
Title: Trans*(ing) “Sticky Rice” on “Koreatown”
Dr. Eguchi will present a chapter from their upcoming book, which examines the rhetoric of “sticky rice”— a term used within the LGTBTQ+ community to reference an Asian man dating another Asian man. This chapter interrogates performative displays of “sticky rice” in “Koreatown,” an episode of HERE TV’s “Falling for Angeles” (season one, episode two), directed by Steven Liang and written by Steven J. Kung.
The colloquium will focus on the ways in which Koreatown represents the gay sexual politics of desire that organize an intra–racial, intercultural encounter between a Taiwanese–American character named Kevin, and an adopted Korean–American character named Gino. To expand the analysis that “queers” representations of “sticky rice,” this chapter centralizes trans*(ing) as a methodological lens. In so doing, Dr. Eguchi denaturalizes how the cisnormative logics of toxic gay masculinity, working with whiteness, patriarchy, and globalization, govern the displays of “sticky rice” in “Koreatown.”
In their talk, Dr. Eguchi will redirect attention to those vernacular possibilities of “sticky rice” that work against the cisnormative, masculinist orientations of global gay sexual cultures.
Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi (Ph.D., Howard University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. Their research focuses on global and transcultural studies, queer of color critique, intersectionality and racialized gender politics, Asian/Pacific/American studies, and performance studies. Their most recent work will appear, or has appeared for publication, in the Journal of Homosexuality, Women’s Studies in Communication, Cultural Studies↔Critical Methodologies, China Media Research, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. They are also the co-editor of “Queer Intercultural Communication: The Intersectional Politics of Belonging in and across Differences.” They currently serve as Co-Chair of International Communication Association’s (ICA) LGBTQ interest group (2019-2023), as an Officer of National Communication Association’s (NCA) International and Intercultural Communication Division (2019-2023), and a Committee Member of NCA’s research council (2020-2022). Dr. Eguchi also received the 2019 Randy Majors Award—an award that annually recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies— bestowed by NCA’s Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns.