A Book Talk by Catherine Benamou: Transnational Television and Latinx Diasporic Audiences, Abrazos Electrónicos in Four Global Cities

February 3rd at 12:30 PM | 1010 Humanities Gateway

In existence for over half a century, Spanish-language television has been treated as a “niche” medium, whereas the scale and diversity within it indicate otherwise. This book explores the reciprocal effects of transnational and local transmission of SLTV on Latinx diasporic communities in Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, and Madrid between 2005 and 2018. The emphasis is on programming innovations and practices that help to foster viewer recognition and enfranchisement, and in doing so, model a pathway for community-responsive television. Emerging challenges for the medium will also be discussed.

Catherine Benamou is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies. She is the author of essays on Latin American women’s cinema, inter-American documentaries, and transnational television, as well as a book on Orson Welles’s unfinished film, It’s All True.