Who's Laughing Now?: Indigenous Media and the Politics of Humor

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event

Freya Schiwy

Date:03-19-2013
Time:1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Registration is Closed.

Dr. Freya Schiwy, author of Indianizing Film: Decolonization, the Andes, and the Question of Technology, will explore the socio-political dimension of how humor within indigenous videos effects the cultural politics of decolonization. She contends that humor helps to negotiate cultural and social change in indigenous communities, while also provoking white and mestizo audiences to laugh at the terms established by Native filmmakers.

This event was originally scheduled for January 29, but had to be rescheduled due to a medical emergency.

The event is co-sponsored by the Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Program of Ethnic Studies, and the Program of Women's and Gender Studies.



About the speaker

Freya Schiwy

Professor Schiwy is interested in processes of decolonization. She focuses on the way power and knowledge are constituted and contested through diverse media and on how constructions of race and gender play themselves out in these processes. She is currently working on a book project titled "Broadcasting Dissent." The book examines the notion of the political in light of contemporary debates in cultural theory and community media in Oaxaca, Mexico and Bolivia. Freya Schiwy is author of Indianizing Film: Decolonization, the Andes, and the Question of Technology. Rutgers UP, 2009. She has co-edited a special issue of the journal Social Identities titled Digital Media, Cultural Production, and Speculative Capitalism, 2009; the book Indisciplinar las ciencias sociales, Quito 2002; and a dossier on the geopolitics of knowledge in Nepantla. Views from South 2001.




Cosponsored with:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies


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