Courses in the Identity and Representation cluster examine film, television, digital media, and mediated culture in relation to the construction and politics of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship and other axes of identity. Topics addressed in these courses include representation, authorship, inclusion, and advocacy within the media industries and social life more broadly, and community identities and formation in relation to the entertainment media and popular culture. Courses within the cluster are decidedly interdisciplinary, with theoretical roots in critical and cultural studies, historical studies, critical race studies, feminist media studies, queer studies, postcolonial studies, global studies, and other theoretical perspectives. Students can specialize in areas that include Latina/o film and media studies, fandom studies, television and digital media studies, South Asian film and media studies, and gender and Hollywood film.
RTF students engaged with this cluster frequently take courses in other departments and programs across the University, including Women’s & Gender Studies, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian American Studies, English, the LBJ School of Public Policy, Anthropology, and Theater and Dance, as well as in departments that focus on area studies outside the U.S.