Brazil Studies Program Seminar Series: Animating Racism: Irony and Images of Dissent in Afro-Brazilian Media


Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Reighan Gillam, Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, Harvard University; Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Moderator: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

This talk examines the use of irony and humor in Afro-Brazilian alternative media. Specifically, media producers depict moments of racism, which call into question popular understandings that downplay racism in social life.

Reighan Gillam earned her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University and her BA in Anthropology the University of Virginia. She was an assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Southern California. Professor Gillam’s research focuses on media produced by Afro-Brazilians in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Specifically, she examines how Afro-Brazilians mine their lived experiences as a reservoir for creating media narratives that are more faithful to the realities of black life. She has published work in the journals Communication, Culture, and Critique, Feminist Media Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, and Black Camera.