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Faculty & Fellows Lecture Series: Aymar Jean Christian & Anthony Fung, "From Instagram to TikTok: The Logics and Illogics of Global Media Platforms"

When: Friday, February 7, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: 1800 Sherman Avenue, Suite 3-000, Buffett Event Space, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   847.467.2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


How do U.S. platforms curate culture in contrast with those in China and globally? This talk examines the production, development and audience-centered practices of video and social media platforms (YouTube, TikTok, Vimeo, Instagram, etc.) to show how the value of television and storytelling are shifting in the online era. Dr. Christian will show how U.S. platforms are undervaluing independent, community-based narrative and experimental video in favor of celebrity-, brand- or legacy/professional-driven content. Dr. Fung will discuss how China and other global distributors are more actively developing content by listening to audiences and expanding considerations of production value. 

Aymar Jean "AJ" Christian is an associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern University and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. His first book, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television on New York University Press, argues the web brought innovation to television by opening development to independent producers. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, including The International Journal of Communication, Cinema Journal, Continuum, and Transformative Works and Cultures. He has juried television and video for the Peabody Awards, Gotham Awards, and Tribeca Film Festival, among others. He leads OTV | Open Television, a research project and platform for intersectional television. OTV programs have received recognition from HBO, the Television Academy (Emmy Awards), New York Television Festival, City of Chicago, Streamy Awards, and Independent Filmmaker Project (Gotham Awards). Its programming partners have included the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum of Art, and City of Chicago, along with numerous galleries, community organizations, and universities. Dr. Christian's blog, Televisual, is an archive of over 500 posts chronicling the rise of the web TV market, and he has written regular reports on TV and new media for Indiewire, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Tubefilter. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Buffett Visiting Professor Anthony Fung is Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also Director of the Global Studies Program and Co-Director of Hong Kong Institute of Asia Pacific Studies. His research interests focus on popular culture, cultural/ creative industries and policy, andyouth and cultural studies. He is editor-in-chief of Global Media and China, and associate editor of International Journal of Cultural Studies. His recent books include Youth Cultures in China (2016 under Polity Press), Global Game Industries and Cultural Policy (2016 under Palgrave Macmillan), and Culture as Logistics (forthcoming under SAGE).

The Northwestern Buffett Faculty & Fellows Lecture Series brings together an interdisciplinary audience to build awareness of global research on campus. This series promotes dialogue on scholarship and develops a deeper sense of community among Buffett Institute affiliates. Each meeting lasts one hour; lunch is provided.

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