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Get Out - Cinema and the myth of post-racial America

Screen Cultures Seminar with Alison Landsberg and Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli
Tuesday 14.06.22
Get out

Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) is one of the most celebrated critiques of post-racial America to appear in recent times. Central to this critique is the troubled, ongoing relationship between the past and the present – history’s continued, but frequently unacknowledged influence on the present.

This seminar involves a screening of the film, with lectures by and a subsequent discussion round with, two of the most influential scholars of film, memory and American culture: Prof. Dr. Alison Landsberg (George Mason University) and Prof. Dr. Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli (UC Davis).

Program

12:00–12:15 Welcome

12:15–14:00 Get Out (screening)

14:00–14:15 Break

14:15–14:45 Alison Landsberg: "Dialectical Images and Counter-Temporalities: The Rewriting of US Racial Histories in American Mass Culture"

14:45–15:15 Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli: "Ghosts, Possession, and Race in Get Out"

15:15–15:30 Break

15:30–16:30 Discussion and Q&A

Watch the lectures

Alison Landsberg: Dialectical Images and Counter-Temporalities: The Rewriting of US Racial Histories in American Mass Culture
Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli: Ghosts, Possession, and Race in Get Out

About the term: The myth of post-racial America is that race no longer matters and no longer is a meaningful category by which to understand the social organisation of American life.

The seminar is presented in collaboration with the master's program Screen Cultures at the University of Oslo.

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