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Graduate Media Studies Colloquia

Fall 2021

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.

Emily Gilcrist

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 climate crisis.


Anastasia Kārkliņa Gabriel, PhDOctober 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.


Grafton TannerOctober 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.


Lilly ChinNovember 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.



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