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WINTER 2017 COMMUNICATION & MEDIA SPEAKER SERIES The Difficulty around Diversifying Hollywood's Labor Force and its Circumventions
Kristen Warner, Associate Professor, College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama
Regardless of how many think pieces, pie charts, and data graphs that consistently demonstrate how marginalized bodies are not allowed opportunities to prove they can produce quality work, these normative models disassociate structural racism from common industry practices. The few minority workers who do enjoy some success will always function as evidence that the best talent does indeed rise to the top. Yet, such discursive logic obscures that Hollywood is an industry built around relationships, networking, internships, and apprenticeships—a classed set of practices from which people of color are systemically excluded. This talk will address how discourses of Hollywood labor erase classed and racial identity through three key strategies creatives of color employ as a consequence of those practices.
Kristen Warner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at The University of Alabama. She is the author The Cultural Politics of Colorblind TV Casting (Routledge, 2015). Kristen's research interests are centered at the juxtaposition of televisual racial representation and its place within the media industries, particularly within the practice of casting. Warner’s work can be found in Television and New media, Camera Obscura and a host of anthologies and online websites.
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