讲座题目：(Mis)Represented on the Silver Screen?
Black Academy Award Winners and African American Identity
主 讲 人：Chantel Griffin（西安交通大学）
Chantel Griffin, a Duke University Alum currently residing in Xian. With a background in Cultural Anthropology, Education and Media Studies, Ms. Griffin has always been drawn to issues of race, stereotyping and the plight of the marginalized. Her experience ranges from work at the Duke Center for Multicultural Affairs, advising The Organization for Black Collegians, to English education in China. The later forms the basis for future research, to study the inner workings of the Chinese English industry to better address the exponential growth of Chinese students abroad.
What can the Academy Awards reveal about Black entertainment identity?
Black Americans are no strangers to the entertainment industry, some of best recognized African Americans have raised to prominence through their work in television, sports, music and film. Yet despite this being the 89th Academy Award ceremony less than 50 of the 3,000 plus awards have had Black recipients. Analysis of these rare Black actors and actresses reveals another pattern, a select—arguably stereotypical—set of roles in which they are typically celebrated. These roles are not necessarily new, but rather repackaged and repurposed throughout the decades and across various mediums. Given the unprecedented reach of modern cinema, this imagery not only entertains but educates. A circulation of set narratives or portrayals can become normative, coding "Black Identity" for even the most passive of viewers. Black identity is a complex negotiation—not only of those who un/willing self-identify but also the others who identify them. Limited onscreen representation may encourage stereotyping and (un)intentional bias—two factors in that come into the play in terms of discrimination and institutionalized racism. Thus it is of necessity to examine the ways in which these roles reflect, construct, contest and reinforce Black Identity on the silver screen.