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.