Lecture: Picturing Solidarity: The Image of Africa & Nonalignment in Yugoslav and Chinese Cold War Media

Lecture: Picturing Solidarity: The Image of Africa & Nonalignment in Yugoslav and Chinese Cold War Media
Sunday, August 25, 3 p.m.


 

Author and cultural historian Robeson Taj Frazier will discuss the role that different forms of media played in Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to represent themselves as allies of African independence and liberation movements. For China and Yugoslavia, and their respective leaders, media and representation were key tools in fostering an image of their governments as central agents in advancing a global anticolonial wave that would change the world for the better. Furthermore, such representation aided them in nationalizing and domesticating their own citizenries. In his discussion of this history, Dr. Frazier will incorporate a variety of media and artistic examples to highlight the importance that representation and culture played -- particularly depictions of Africa—in both Yugoslavia's and China's efforts to circulate particular narratives of nonalignment and anticolonial solidarity.  

Robeson Taj Frazier, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA) at USC, is a cultural historian who explores the arts and political and expressive cultures of the people of the African Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere. He is the author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination (Duke University Press, 2014) and acted as a curatorial consultant on the exhibition Nonalignment and Tito in Africa.

 

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