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Dean Delivers Keynote at The New School

Professor of Political Science Jodi Dean delivered the keynote address at the Critical Themes in Media Studies conference at The New School for Public Engagement in New York, N.Y. , on Friday, April 13.

Dean’s lecture, titled “Occupy Wall Street: Division, Representation and Collectivity,” reflected on the place of media in the social movement that has grown around the Occupy Wall Street movement. It also addressed the strengths of the movement and suggested future directions.

A blog, hosted by the school’s media studies graduate students who organized the conference, commented on the presentation, saying, “Jodi Dean gave an engaging presentation arguing for an acceptance of diagonal and vertical structures in Occupy Wall Street and that some of these structures might already currently exist. Afterward there was a dynamic question and answer session in the crowd, with a few agreements and one or two disagreements. It all made for a riveting first night.”

Dean has been with the Colleges since 1993. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is a past recipient of the faculty award for scholarship. Dean is also the author of a wide-ranging body of work including “Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace” and “Publicity’s Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy.”

In its 12th year, the annual Critical Themes in Media Studies conference is run by the graduate students of the Department of Media Studies and Film in the New School for Public Engagement. The conference provides a distinguished forum for students from The New School, and around the world to present original scholarship on topics related to the study of media and society.

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