Dr. Esther Alarcòn-Arana: “From Dispossessed to Agents of Change: Participatory Culture in Icíar Bollaín’s In a Foreign Land”
Please join us as Dr. Esther Alarcòn-Arana, assistant professor of modern and classical languages, shares her research on Bollaìn’s In a Foreign Land.
- Thursday, September 21, 2017
- 4:00pm - 5:30pm
- McKillop Library - East Wing
- Library Program
The year is 2014. Spain is still in the middle of an economic crisis that has sent more than 700,000 people abroad in search of jobs. With this presentation I aim to demonstrate the capacity that participatory culture and social networks (Baym, 2015 and Jenkins, Ito and Boyd 2016) have to build a bridge for those “dispossessed” (Butler and Athanasiou, 2013) by the economic crisis, allowing them to become agents of social change. I will examine three modes of civilian participation, which are intertwined with the structure of the documentary: academic thought, artistic representation, and citizen mobilization. The identity of the post-crisis subject emerges from the combination of these three elements in a space that is initially perceived as a non-place (Augé, 1995) but that allows the formation of support networks that, ultimately, have the potential to effect the changes they are seeking.
Dr. Esther Alarcòn-Arana has a M.A. in English, a M.A. in Hispanic studies, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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