Keynote Speech: Dr. Anna Everett

Title of the Speech: “Have We Become Postracial Yet?: Race, Digital Media, Political Labor and the Case of President Obama”

Dr. Anna Everett’s Bio Statement:

Dr. Anna Everett is Professor of Film, Television and New Media Studies, and former Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).  From 2002-05 she was Director of the UCSB Center for Black Studies.  She has held distinguished visiting professor positions in Holland, Tunisia, and Canada. She has worked as an expert with the MacArthur Foundation, the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Science Foundation. She has many publications consisting of single author manuscripts, anthologies, scholarly articles, and popular writings including Returning the Gaze: A Genealogy of Black Film Criticism, 1909-1949; New Media: Theories and Practices of Digitextuality (with John T. Caldwell), AfroGEEKS: Beyond the Digital Divide (with Amber T. Wallace), Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media (for the MacArthur Foundation’s new series on Digital Media, Youth, and Learning). And her most recently published monograph Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace won a 2009 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book.  Among her articles are “The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema,” “The Black Press in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Two Exemplars,” “P.C. Youth Violence: ‘What’s the Internet or Video Gaming Got to Do With It?'” “Trading Private and Public Spaces @ HGTV and TLS: On New Genre Formations in Transformation TV,” and “Serious Play: Playing with Race in Computer Games.” She was the lead organizer of the 2004 AfroGEEKS: From Technophobia to Technophilia and the 2005 AfroGEEKS: Global Blackness and the Digital Public Sphere Conferences. In 2008 she co-organized the Console-ing Passions Conference at UCSB.


Dr. Everett is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (2005, 2007) in residence at the University of the Center Faculty of Letters and Humanities  (Kairouan, Manouba campuses) in Tunisia, the 2001 Belle van Zuylen Chair and Visiting Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and New Media Studies at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.  She has received other fellowships, honors and grants, including a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Grant, 2005 Ford Foundation Grant for the AfroGEEKS conference, the UCSB Harold J. Plous Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor in 2001, and the University of California Presidents’ Fellowship Award. Dr. Everett has presented her research and scholarship at numerous national and international conferences including those held in Australia, Canada, Tunisia, South Africa, Bristol, England, Utrecht, Netherlands, Odense, Denmark, Glasgow, Scotland, and throughout the United States.  She is a member and serves on several boards of international scholarly associations including the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Console-ing Passions (CPTV), the Modern Language Association (MLA), among others.  She is founding editor of the journal Screening Noir: A Journal of Film, Video and New Media Culture.

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