This Week's Chat and Chew with PSU: Taylor Swift's Wildest Dream... Romantic visions of a colonial past?
“During the 1980s, expressions of imperial nostalgia became a familiar part of the mass culture and media landscape linked to newly assertive conservative moments in both the United States and Britain (William Cunningham Bissel. Engaging Colonial Nostalgia). https://eticproject.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/colonialnostalgia.pdf
“Pointing out these things is not to call Taylor Swift racist, but to emphasize how nostalgia can be inherently political. Swift is white, and she was raised in a society where certain symbols of white dominance and a more-segregated past have been glorified” (Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic).http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/taylor-swift-wildest-dreams-africa-nostalgia-dangers-colonization-video/403435/
“This uncomfortable truth must be reckoned with if we are to have any hope of putting the past behind us. You cannot isolate the ‘good parts’ of colonialism from the brutality, and then expect people of colour to accept this romanticisation of a period in history whose impacts we are still reeling from” (Ruby Hamad, Daily Life).
Join the PSU this Wednesday, 9/30, to talk about the different manifestations of colonial nostalgia in popular culture.
Is Taylor Swift's video an example of colonial nostalgia?
What does colonial nostalgia look like in 2015?
How are visions of a romanticized colonial past marketed for material consumption?
How does colonial nostalgia affect our construction of the past?
Let's talk about it!
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