The “General Library,” or, Minority Piracy for Survival

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:00 pm
Where: Kaplan Hall 193

Why do non-wealthy minority students pirate academic textbooks? In this talk, Professor Gail De Kosnik will discuss her interviews with Black, brown, and Indigenous internet users about their pirate practices, and will analyze their conceptualizations of illicit media and information access as connection, cultural participation, and upward mobility—in other words, as survival.

Register here to attend. A light lunch will be provided. An RSVP is required to attend.

Abigail De Kosnik is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies, Film & Media, and Folklore. She researches histories and theories of new media, film and television, social media, fan studies, piracy studies, cultural memory, and archive studies, through the lenses of critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and transnational studies. She is the author of Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (MIT Press, 2016), the co-editor of #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation (University of Michigan Press, 2019), and the co-editor of The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era (University Press of Mississippi, 2011). Prof. De Kosnik is the 2020-2025 craigslist Distinguished Chair in New Media.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:00 pm America/Los_Angeles The “General Library,” or, Minority Piracy for Survival Kaplan Hall 193 UCLA English