The Caucus on Class includes graduate students and faculty in the disciplines of media and film with an interest in the ways in which social class influences both curriculum and the conditions under which faculty and students work and learn. The Caucus organizes panels, film screenings, and other activities at the annual conferences to build solidarity among its members and to provide support and advocacy around these issues. The Caucus was established in 1989.
The Caucus on Class focuses on the ways in which formulations of the concept of class supply analytic categories and methodologies for the study of moving-image culture. The Caucus engages issues of class in economic, political, and ideological terms, and in relation to problematics of gender, sexuality, race, nationality and ethnicity. In so doing, the Caucus works to provide a forum for sustained critique of those methodologies that continue to dominate within moving-image theory and criticism even when and where it concerns itself with the (re)production and (trans)formations of social subjectivities, ideologies, institutions, and systemic structures of relations and practices. The Caucus on Class inquires critically into connections between these general issues and the specific areas of film and media production, distribution, reception, scholarship, and pedagogy. The Caucus is particularly concerned to critique these areas of film and media work insofar as they contribute to the perpetuation rather than the eradication of oppressive, alienating, and exploitative divisions along class lines.
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Caitlin Reynolds (graduate student representative)
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