Media@McGill Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar 2014-2015
Walter Benn-Michaels, Professor of American Literature and Literature Theory, University of Illinois at Chicago
Walter Benn-Michaels specializes in American Literature and literary theory. Michaels' work has generated a set of arguments and questions around a host of issues that are central to literary studies: problems of culture and race, identities national and personal, the difference between memory and history, disagreement and difference, and meaning and intention in interpretation. His work has been published in prestigious journals such as Critical Inquiry, the Structuralist Review, The Georgia Review, Representations, Paideuma, the San Diego Law Review and New Literary History, as well as essay collections. Michaels' books include: The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century; Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism; The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History; and The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality.
Media@McGill welcomed Professor Peggy Phelan as the Media@McGill Beaverbrook Visiting Scholar for the winter of 2014. Professor Phelan is currently the Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts, Professor of Drama and of English at Stanford University. In addition to a talk jointly sponsored by Media@McGill and the AHCS Speaker Series, Professor Phelan conducted a special three-credit seminar on Performance Theory, open to students in both the Art History and the Communication Studies sections of the department.
Media@McGill Beaverbrook Visiting Scholars 2012-2013
Fred Turner, Stanford University
Fred Turner is an Associate Professor of Communication at Stanford University, where he studies media, technology and American cultural history.
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Sarah Banet-Weiser, School of Communication at USC Annenberg
Sarah Banet-Weiser is a Professor in the School of Communication at USC Annenberg and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Her teaching and research interests include feminist theory, race and the media, youth culture, popular and consumer culture, and citizenship and national identity. She teaches courses in culture and communication, gender and media, youth culture, feminist theory and cultural studies.
Her first book, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (University of California Press: 1999), explores a popular cultural ritual, the beauty pageant, as a space in which national identities, desires, and anxieties about race and gender are played out. She has also authored a book on consumer citizenship and the children’s cable network: Kids R
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