Abercromby Square

Gender and Transnational TV Seminar ‘Popular Television and Populist Masculinities’

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Monday 28th June 2021
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Modern Languages Seminar Series
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Speaker Aniko Imre, University of Southern California

In this presentation, I will analyze the crucial role of gender and sexuality in the relationship between popular, global media – particularly scripted television series – and the populist regimes and political parties that comprise the Global Right. I examine how the tension between traveling, popular, liberal TV templates of diversity and traveling populist, illiberal political templates has been staged within ongoing culture wars in East European countries, where the oligarchies around party leadership own or control much of the media and the model of the white, heteronormative family has been enforced by government propaganda. I use the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (2019) to give a quick example of interrupting the global populist script’s reliance on binary gender models, underscoring the analogies between the duplicitous roles of corrupt, male dictatorial elite in the late 1980s of late socialism and in our current time, with disastrous consequences in both cases.