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Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries.
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Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries. Join us for a talk with author Sylvia J. Martin (Sociology, HKU), moderated by Gina Marchetti (Comparative Literature, HKU), hosted by the Department of Sociology at University of Hong Kong.

How do media workers handle the risks of film and television production given market uncertainties, fears of industrial decline, and increasing job insecurity? What does the work of bringing spectacle and storylines to life mean to actors and production personnel? These questions are explored in this study of people working in the commercial film and television industries of Hollywood and Hong Kong. Based on research at studio lots and filming locations in both locations, this ethnography is not only a comparative study of Hollywood and Hong Kong but also an examination of thematic and transnational connections between the two sites. Offering a unique perspective on risk and uncertainty for media labor and production studies, Martin reveals some of the perils and pleasures that infuse the immediate filming process as media workers also grapple with broader economic and political issues.

Sylvia J. Martin is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. She was a recipient of a Postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong in 2010-2011. Dr. Martin is the author of Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries (2016) published by Oxford University Press. She specializes in media anthropology, and has published on media production, performance, work, globalization, and popular culture. Selected publications on media production in Hong Kong include articles in Visual Anthropology Review and Critical Studies in Media Communication (Outstanding Paper Award, Academy of Hong Kong Studies, 2017). She has published on global iconicity in Society and the Gesamtkunstwerk in popular culture in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. New projects include examining U.S. state power through Hollywood-China encounters.

Date/Time24/03/2017 18:00-19:30
VenueSocial Sciences Function Room, 11th floor The Jockey Club Tower Centennial Campus, HKU

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