Audiovisual Appropriation, Cultural Appropriation, Ethics
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6/26/2018 at 4:49:07 PM GMT
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Audiovisual Appropriation, Cultural Appropriation, Ethics

The intense controversies surrounding Dominic Gagnon’s film of the north (2015), for which Gagnon appropriated selective and often negative images of Inuit people posted on YouTube, and Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket (2017), based on the famous photograph of the mutilated body of the 14-year-old African American child Emmett Till lying in his casket, point to the ways in which instances of cultural appropriation intersect with those of audiovisual appropriation. In both these cases, white artists appropriated images that were offensive to (in Gagnon’s case) or meaningful to (in Schutz’s case) communities of color; both works were deemed racist by many viewers – particularly viewers from those very communities. This panel will seek to address some of the following questions: What are the ethics of audiovisual appropriation when someone else’s cultural identity may also be appropriated in the process? When is it ethically acceptable to reuse an image or sound recording of another person, particularly when the recorded person belongs to a community that has been – and continues to be – exploited? Are there different kinds or degrees of cultural appropriation with corresponding ethical implications? Can audiovisual works that appropriate elements of another culture ever be ethical and, if so, under what circumstances? We seek papers that address any instances in which audiovisual appropriation intersects with cultural appropriation, whether in a potentially productive way, a denigrating way, or both.

 Please forward inquiries and paper proposals, including title, summary (max. 2500 characters), list of 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a bio (max. 500 characters), with contact information to by August 1. Panelists will be notified by August 14, 2015.

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