HS Race and Racism in US Popular Culture



Time and place

  • Mo 10:15-11:45, .ics


  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

  • MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (4) Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (7) Vertiefungsmodul Cultural Studies

  • MA The Americas/Las Américas: Modul 4


In this seminar, we will critically examine structural racism in/and the US entertainment business and discuss the construction of racialized identities in popular cultural venues. Drawing on critical race theory and recent scholarship on structural racism, we will analyze a range of (contemporary) cultural texts with an eye to their representational politics, their genealogies, and the specific contexts of their production and reception. Our discussions will revolve around examples of the entertainment sector’s systematic racism as well as recent challenges to and critiques of these exclusionary structures (e.g. #OscarsSoWhite); they will probe the relationship between popular culture and activism (e.g. with regard to BLM, its support by pop stars and athletes, and its representations on screen); and they will explore the (de)constructions of race and racism in various popular cultural genres and formats (incl. music videos, TV shows, Hollywood blockbusters as well as documentaries and public intellectual discourse). This seminar is an interdisciplinary BAA-seminar and organized in collaboration with LMU Munich and U Passau. It includes a two-day student conference on July 23 and 24, 2021 that will either be held at the BAA in Munich or remotely.

Additional information

Expected participants: 15