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Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Book Launch, Lecture and Discussion

with Tanner Mirrlees, Assistant Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
and Scott Forsyth, Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts, York University

Presented by The Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre, Socialist Project, and the Union for Democratic Communication

From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it’s clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is this so?

Please join a discussion about the production, profit and  power of US Empire’s culture industry — a nexus between the US state and globalizing media firms and the source of entertainments that promote US Empire as a way of life around the world.

Tanner Mirrlees is a critical political economist of communication. His research centers on topics such as Empire and communications, the politics and ideology of popular culture and labour and work in the cultural industries. He is the author of Hearts and Mines: The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press) and Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge) and has published articles in tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, Alternate Routes, The International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Global Media Journal, Democratic Communiqué and Cineaction.

Scott Forsyth is a film historian, editor and critic. His scholarly interests include film and politics, Hollywood history, Canadian cultural history, culture and Communism, Marxist cultural theory, politics and film in the Third World. He has published widely on film and politics in journals such as CineAction, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, The Socialist Register and Canadian Dimension, and has also scripted several documentary films. He currently serves on the editorial board of CineAction.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Free.

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Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– By donation
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.