Please join the Film and Media Studies program for the first event in our Fall 2017 Seminar Series:
Prof Jennifer Stoever, "The Sonic Color Line: Colorblindness and Segregation in American Radio's So-called 'Golden Age'"
Friday, September 15 @ 4:10 in the Landis Cinema (Buck Hall / 219 N. Third St.) 

In this talk, Prof. Stoever will introduce her new book The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening(NYU, 2016). The Sonic Color Line argues that American ideologies of white supremacy are just as dependent on what we hear—voices, musical taste, volume—as they are on skin color or hair texture. Prof. Stoever will concentrate on the book's fifth chapter, which shows the culmination of the sonic color line’s rise to significance as a central force of racialization in American life and the increasing entanglement of the listening ear with sound reproduction technologies. She explains how the sonic color line connected U.S. radio’s so-called golden age to legal segregation, arguing that this relationship enabled the construction of liberal color blindness as a citizenship ideal following World War II. Post-1945, the white listening ear increasingly demanded conformity to white middle-class sonic norms as the price of citizenship, a dire problem reverberating in our contemporary moment. 

Jennifer Stoever is an associate professor in the Department of English, SUNY Binghamton, where she teaches courses on African American literature, sound studies, and race and gender representation in popular music. She is the project coordinator for the Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project-- a multi-year archival, civically-engaged art project designed to challenge how Binghamton students and year-round residents hear their town, themselves, and each other--and Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief forSounding Out! / The Sound Studies Blog

This event is free and open to the public.

Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation & FAMS.