TV nation: What The Wire, House of Cards, and Girls can teach us about America

When

6.30pm–8.30pm

29 October 2014

Topics

Culture

The telly. Most of us switch it on to switch off. We watch it to "decompress." To unwind after work. Sometimes we even indulge in a little "trash." Commonly understood, television is an unserious and unintellectual medium. Something trivial, it serves as a diversion. Yet, such a view discredits both TV and its viewers, since each is capable of serious commentary. As the French Philosopher Jacques Derrida never tired of pointing out: what a society marginalises says a lot about what it holds centremost. Therefore, the idea that television comes after or apart from work, that it stands outside serious social and political inquiry, could tell us a lot about the political and social institutions it supposedly reflects.

At this event an expert panel of economists, television critics and media scholars discussed what TV says about the United States. 

Featuring

  • Dr Rodney Taveira
    Dr Rodney Taveira
    Lecturer in American Studies, United States Studies Centre

    Rodney Taveira was awarded his PhD in English from the University of Sydney in 2010 and has published on contemporary American fiction, book reviews, and television, and the interrelation of cinema, photography, painting, and literature. His areas of expertise include American literature, American and European film (silent era to present), US television, comedy in the US, US popular culture, and queer and sexuality studies.

  • Dr Aaron Nyerges
    Dr Aaron Nyerges
    Lecturer in American Studies, United States Studies Centre

    Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sydney and a BA from the State University of New York. His articles have appeared in Textual PracticeSound Studies, the Australasian Journal of American Studies, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

  • Huw McKay
    ‎Vice President of Market Analysis and Economics, BHP Billiton

    Huw McKay was a Visiting Scholar at the US Studies Centre from 2013 to 2015. McKay is the ‎Vice President of Market Analysis and Economics at BHP Billiton. Previously, he has served as the Executive Director and Senior International Economist of Westpac's Economic Research Team and a principal advisor in the Macroeconomic Group of the Australian Treasury.

  • Dr Jane Park
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney

    Jane Chi Hyun Park was a speaker at a roundtable discussion hosted by the US Studies Centre in 2010 on American culture at home and abroad. Park is Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and has published widely on the social uses of media technologies, the cultural impact of minority representations, and transnational flows of popular film, music, and television, with a particular focus on representations of East Asia and Asian America.