Graduate Media Studies Colloquia
The Media Studies Department at Queens College
convenes regular colloquia to engage colleagues
and outside practitioners in conversations about
their work, research and scholarship.
Sessions take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm Eastern time. All are welcome.
Live via Zoom — links generated weekly by the department.
October 6: Emily Gilcrist
Emily’s work synthesizes existential phenomenology, psychoanalytic deconstruction,
postcolonial ecosocialism, and science and technology studies to address the
explosion of 20th Century technoindustrial power in relation to the worsening
October 13: Anastasia Kārkliņa Gabriel, PhD
Dr. Anastasia Kārkliņa Gabriel is a cultural theorist who uses her academic expertise to help brands build culturally intelligent, incisive, and inclusive strategy. She received her doctorate in cultural studies from Duke University, where she trained in Black Studies and feminist theory and taught undergraduate courses in literary and cultural studies, including seminars on Black radicalism, the history of racial surveillance, and contemporary U.S. racial politics. She has been an activist in racial justice, labor union, anti-fascist, and prison and police abolition movements for over a decade. Dr. Gabriel holds a B.A. in African and African-American Studies and Political Science, also from Duke University.
October 20: Grafton Tanner
Grafton Tanner is the author of The Circle of the Snake: Nostalgia
and Utopia in the Age of Big Tech and Babbling Corpse:
Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts. His work focuses on
nostalgia, Big Tech, education, and neoliberalism, and his writing has appeared
in such venues as The Nation, the Los Angeles Review
of Books, and We Are The Mutants. Grafton’s third book, The
Hours Have Lost Their Clock: The Politics of Nostalgia, will be available
October 12, 2021, with Repeater Books.
November 10: Lilly Chin
Lillian (Lilly) Chin's research
interests center on embodied intelligence --
whether it's how humans manifest their physical intelligence online through
digital avatars or how robots provide physical form to algorithmic ideals.
Chin has primarily focused on creating new actuators and sensors for soft
robotic manipulators, modular volumetric actuators and computational material
robots. All of these robots' advanced functionality derives from a systems-level
design of their material properties, often aided through computational design.
Recently, Chin has begun using sociological lenses to better understand the
social impact of these digital tools. She is interested in understanding how
current conflicts in identity creation across new media such as video games
and Internet culture can better inform the ramifications of wide-scale deployment
of robots and algorithims.