• Policing and the Media: The View from Chicago

    Policing and the Media: The View from Chicago

    A Roundtable

March/April 2016

vol. 1, no. 2

Die Sonneninsel (The Sun Island): European Growth, Ideals, Aspirations, and Intricacies

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Floris Paalman takes a considered look at Thomas Elsaesser’s documentary Die Sonneninsel (The Sun Island). The construction of the European Central Bank on the site of Frankfurt’s former wholesale market – a building designed by Elsaesser’s grandfather, Martin – offers an opportunity to probe architectural and family history, in what Paalman terms “auto-media archaeology.”

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Naz & Maalik

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Concluding our look back at the year that was 2017, Amy Corbin reflects on the lessons learned from an evening at the cinema, and the audience conversation after a screening of Jay Dockendorf’s Naz & Maalik.

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Teach Me How to Dougie

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In our ongoing look at the year that was 2017, Nina Cartier calls our attention to a seemingly-ephemeral moment in the wake of one of the year’s biggest political surprises, exploring the racial and gender subtext of that time when Doug Jones taught us how to Dougie.

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The Punch

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When is a punch more than just a punch? In the next installment of our look back at the year that was, Nathan Holmes reflects on the “important semiotic damage” of a prominent white supremacist getting punched in the face with cameras rolling.

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SCMS 2016

Spaces of Spectatorship: Architectures of the Projected Image

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Moving-image installations and media architecture have recently given renewed currency to established notions of dispositif, apparatus, and spectatorship. These concepts have allowed for new inquiries into the relationships among screens, viewers, and space in the urban context. In this Polished Panel, the participants use close analyses of peripheral practices of projection to illuminate the centrality of architecture to spectatorial experience.

Methodologies of Race and Space

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Mediated cityscapes often reinforce the stigma associated with devalued areas and the underprivileged, yet can also undermine dominant perceptions and counter misrepresentations of place. In this Polished Panel, the participants map that tension that emerges between real and represented places, using a spatial approach to race to trace formal and industrial practices that create meaningful linkages among spaces, places, and bodies.

Mapping Urban Horror

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Of all popular film genres, horror perhaps makes the most consistent and flexible use of space. This use maps out landscapes of power, repression, and displacement. In this Polished Panel, the participants propose to use horror as a map of gentrification and its spectre of racialized violence.