Abstract: In this talk, Professor Susan J Douglas aims to distill what she has learned in her career, not only as a practitioner of humanities-based media studies, but also as a media historian. She will focus on the problems we commonly have to confront with archives, the importance of placing media texts and trends within their historical contexts, how we need to let our sources lead us to our conclusions instead of approaching them with foregone conclusions, the importance of empathy, and the need to both engage with theory and yet resist the obfuscating pull of jargon in our field. Then, she will also provide a defense of textual analysis.
Speaker: Susan Douglas is the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan and former Chair of the Department. She is author of The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took Us From Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010); The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women (with Meredith Michaels, The Free Press, 2004); Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination (Times Books, 1999), which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture, Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media (Times Books, 1994) and Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 (Johns Hopkins, 1987). Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. She served on the Board of the George Foster Peabody awards from 2005-2010, and in 2010 was selected as Chair of the Board. She is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize, the highest honor given by the Society for the History of Technology to an individual who has greatly contributed to the history of technology through research, teaching, publications, and other activities.
17 October 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-33
CNM Meeting Room