Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall
GB, London, Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6AF
***UPDATE: VENUE CHANGE! THE LAUNCH IS NOW TAKING PLACE AT GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON***
To mark the publication of 'Race and the Cultural Industries' by Dr Anamik Saha (Goldsmiths, University of London), the author will be in conversation with actor, comedian, writer and activist, Sir Lenny Henry covering issues of 'diversity' in the cultural industries. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and a drinks reception.
‘Race and the Cultural Industries’ (2018) is a new book by Dr Anamik Saha, published by Polity Press, and is available in paperback, hardback and e-book:
Description of book:
Studies of race and media are dominated by textual approaches that explore the politics of representation. But there is little understanding of how and why representations of race in the media take the shape that they do. How, one might ask, is race created by cultural industries?
In this important new book, Anamik Saha encourages readers to focus on the production of representations of racial and ethnic minorities in film, television, music and the arts. His interdisciplinary approach combines critical media studies and media industries research with postcolonial studies and critical race perspectives to reveal how political economic forces and legacies of empire shape industrial cultural production and, in turn, media discourses around race.
Race and the Cultural Industries is required reading for students and scholars of media and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in why historical representations of 'the Other' persist in the media and how they are to be challenged.
About the participants:
Lenny Henry has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best known comedians, as well as a writer and award-winning actor. In recent years Lenny has starred in The Comedy of Errors at The National, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and recently made his Donmar Warehouse debut in ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’. As a co-founder of Comic Relief he was delighted to announce that the British Public has donated over £1billion to Comic Relief over the last 30 years. He has been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016.
Anamik Saha is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and co-convenor of MA Race, Media and Social Justice. His research interests are in race and the media, with a particular focus on cultural production and the cultural industries. He has had his work published in journals including Media, Culture and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and European Journal of Cultural Studies. With David Hesmondhalgh (2013) the co-edited a special issue of Popular Communication on race and ethnicity in cultural production, and with Dave O’Brien, Kim Allen and Sam Friedman (2017) he co-edited a special issue of Cultural Sociology on inequalities in the cultural industries. His new book Race and the Cultural Industries came out in 2018, published by Polity Press.
Details for getting to Deptford Town Hall can be found here: