Media and Globalization Spring 2021 Lecture Series

The Invisibilized #MeToos: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable but Essential Workers
by Bernice Yeung, Investigative Journalist
Moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem, Director of Media Studies
March 4, 2021 / 4:00pm – 5:30pm PST

Investigative reporter Bernice Yeung will discuss the sexual harassment and assault that low-income immigrant workers routinely face on the job. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has recently brought to light the essential nature of their work, as farmworkers, night-shift janitors and domestic workers, these women have often gone unnoticed and unseen. Yeung will highlight how — long before the #MeToo moment — they have fought back against abuse and injustice.

Bernice Yeung covers labor and employment for ProPublica. During the COVID-19 pandemic, her reporting has focused on the health and safety of workers on the medical frontlines and is essential industries like hotels and meatpacking. Previously, she was a reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she was a member of the award-winning reporting teams that investigated the sexual assault of immigrant farmworkers and night-shift janitors. These multi-platform projects led to her first book, In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers (The New Press, 2018), which was honored with the 2019 PEN/Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

This event is cosponsored by UC Berkeley’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department and the School of Journalism

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 Terrorcraft: Empire, Racialization and the Media
by Professor Deepa Kumar
Moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem, Director of Media Studies
April 7, 2021 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm PST

Terrorism is so overwhelmingly associated with Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians that it has become commonsense in the post 9/11 world. This has not always been the case. Drawing on various bodies of scholarship, Kumar traces the complex evolution of ‘race’ in relation to Arabs and Muslims, alongside changing notions of ‘terrorism,’ to advance an argument about the historically contingent nature of the racialized terrorist threat. She argues that ‘terrorcraft’ – or terrorist racial formation – is a process, one that is deeply imbricated in the US drive for global hegemony. Moreover, the practice of terrorcraft she shows preceded ideological and mediated constructions of the Arab/Muslim/South Asian terrorist and emerged from counter-insurgency thinking during the Cold War.

Professor Deepa Kumar is an award-winning scholar and activist. She is the recipient of the Dallas Smythe Award for her engaged scholarship, the Georgina Smith Award for her work on gender and race equity, and the Marilyn Sternberg Award for her pioneering leadership of the Rutgers faculty union. She is the author of more than 75 publications, including books, journal articles, book chapters and articles in independent and mainstream media. She is professor of Media Studies, and affiliated faculty with the Women and Gender Studies Department as well as the Centers for Race and Ethnicity and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University.

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Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Globalization
by Professor Lisa Parks
Moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem, Director of Media Studies
April 22, 2021 / 12:00pm – 1:30pm PST

In this talk, I provide an overview of my book in progress, Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Globalization. In this project, I critique the tendency of global media research to privilege formalized national frameworks and corporate brands, capital concentrations, and unidirectional models of technological innovation and diffusion. While it is essential to track those in power and try to understand their strategies and impacts, researchers often ignore most peoples’ everyday experiences with media technologies. Building on research on “invisible users” (Burrell, 2012) and “informal media” (Thomas & Lobato, 2015) I try to expand critical vocabularies to account for the uneven material conditions, varied sociotechnical relations, and diverse epistemologies that shape peoples’ knowledges and experiences of media infrastructures in different parts of the world. Peoples’ media experiences, I argue, demand more situated, phenomenological, and conceptual approaches that can help to bring forth the everyday social struggles, agencies, and creativities that are vital to understandings of media globalization.

Lisa Parks is a Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. She is a media scholar whose research focuses on multiple areas: satellite technologies and media globalization; critical studies of media infrastructures; and media, militarization, and surveillance. Parks is the author of Rethinking Media Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (Routledge, 2018) and Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke U Press, 2005). She is co-editor of Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (Duke U Press, 2017), Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (U of Illinois Press, 2015), Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries, and Cultures (Rutgers U Press, 2012), and Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU Press, 2002). She is currently working on two new books, Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Globalization, and the co-edited volume, Media Backends: The Politics of Infrastructure, Clouds and Artificial Intelligence. Parks is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and serves as Director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures (GMTaC) Lab at UC Santa Barbara:

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