Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm — 9:00 pm
Location:Richcraft Hall, 2220

The Communication and Media Studies program presents

The 14th Annual Attallah Lecture

Between Legacy & Streaming: Mainstreaming Gays in the 21st Century

Presented by Eve Ng, Associate Professor at Ohio University

attallah-lecture-graphicThursday, September 28, 2023
Reception 6:30 pm
Lecture 7:00 pm

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About the Lecture

In this talk, Ng draws on her book Mainstreaming Gays: Critical Convergences of Queer Media, Fan Cultures, and Commercial Television (Rutgers UP, 2023) to ask: how has the mainstreaming of LGBTQ content and producers occurred, and what has it meant for media production and culture more broadly? Through the lens of scholarship on convergence culture, media platforms, and production, she identifies multiple converging trends: the emergence of digital media, the rising influence of fan cultures, and increasing interest in LGBTQ narratives within commercial media. Certain U.S. television networks played key roles via not only their linear programming, but also through bringing in a new cohort of queer digital content creators and facilitating new spaces for queer interaction online. Exemplifying significant shifts from legacy media to the streaming era, these developments constituted the ground from which recent developments for LGBTQ content and queer sociality online have emerged. Yet, as both current programming decisions by streaming services and ongoing culture wars demonstrate, substantial integrations into the mainstream have not fully countered continuing precarities for queer expression and participation.

About the Lecturer 

Eve Ng is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Media Arts and Studies, and a core faculty member in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University. She completed a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and her scholarship examines LGBTQ media, digital cultures, and constructions of national identity. Besides Mainstreaming Gays, she is the author of Cancel Culture: A Critical Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), and her work has been published in Communication, Culture & Critique, Development and Change, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Studies, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Film and Video, Journal of Lesbian Studies, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Popular Communication, Television & New Media, and Transformative Works and Culture. She is an associate editor for Communication, Culture & Critique, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Lesbian Studies, Television & New Media, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

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