USC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Conference: "Passing" with Keynote from American Artist, Jian Neo Chen, Sandra Harvey, and Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

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October 23, 2020 to October 24, 2020
California, United States
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Women's & Gender History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Film and Film History, Digital Humanities

Please register to attend First Forum 2020: Passing

On October 23 and 24, the ZdC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Association hosts its annual graduate conference, First Forum. This year, First Forum 2020 has invited engagements from emerging scholars, educators, researchers, artists, activists, and community members to consider passing as a technology of and against visual, aesthetic, cinematic, televisual, and computational regimes. Across the conference’s two days, we’re excited to have 18 participants in conversation across 6 panels. A detailed schedule of the panels and paper descriptions can be found on our website:

At 3p on October 24, we’re excited to host a keynote roundtable between Sandra Harvey (UC Irvine), Jian Neo Chen (Ohio State), American Artist, and Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (USC).

Please find a detailed schedule alongside panel descriptions at the conference website:

The conference will be conducted over Zoom. To attend, please submit a free registration through our Eventbrite: Zoom links will be sent 24 hours prior to the start of the conference.

We thank the ZdC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Association, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Levan Institute for the Humanities, the Visual Studies Research Institute, the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, the Division of Media Arts and Practice, and the Program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture for their crucial support of this conference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the chair of First Forum 2020, Harry Hvdson, at

Hope to see you there!

Harry Hvdson

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