2017-2018 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

Feb 17

Convocation: Jonathan Gayles

Educator and documentary filmmaker Jonathan Gayles examines representations of Black masculinity in comic books.

Friday, February 17th, 2017
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Jonathan Gayles Convocation

Jonathan Gayles is Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University.  As a young boy, Gayles loved comic books and the escape that they provided. However, as a young Black boy, his ability to truly escape was limited by the fact that many of the heroes were White.  In 2012, Gayles produced an independent documentary that critically examines the earliest representations of Black masculinity in comic books and the troubling influence of race on these representations.  Within the last several years, many scholars have critically engaged comic books as a legitimate source of scholarly interest and critique. Indeed, comic books represent a genre within popular culture that is older than the television. Thinking critically about the manner in which Black men were first portrayed in hero serials provides insight into broader societal conceptions of the Black man as character, archetype and symbol.  The title of his presentation is “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books.”

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