'Blackness' at the Crossroads: Struggles over Mass Media Representations in the Sixties.
2004 American Studies Annual Meeting
November 11-14, 2004
This panel seeks papers on the shift in media representations of blacks that resulted from political/cultural change in the 1960s. Marked by the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the rise of black militancy and the Black Arts Movement, the late 1960s was a pivotal moment in black politics and culture. In this newly post civil rights era, definitions and representations of blackness were struggled over not only among African Americans, but in the white-dominated mass media as well.
The late sixties marked a shift in black representations, as local, public and national network television began to include more blacks in news and entertainment programming. Accompanying the growing presence of African Americans on television were efforts to veer away from stereotypical representations to show more middle-class blacks ('I Spy' and 'Julia') as well as more militant black views, especially in news and public affairs programming.
We are looking for papers that explore these and other issues in black televisual representations in the sixties, such as: black TV stars, black music on TV, news coverage, racially-themed special episodes, local or public television, etc.
Send a 300-word proposal and a one-page CV as a Word attachment to Jennifer Fuller and Devorah Heitner at the addresses below. The deadline is December 10, 2003.
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