Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Peter Kunze: “Failure Analysis as Industry Study; or, How Do You Solve a Problem like Mulan?”

March 11, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:35 pm CST

Global Media Industry Speaker Series and the RTF Media Studies Colloquium present a talk by Peter Kunze, Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University.

Within engineering, failure analysis anticipates or assesses failure during product development in the hopes of preventing it for the future. What value, if any, might this kind of thinking offer media industry studies? In this presentation, I consider Disney’s live-action remake Mulan as a “media failure”—a rare fumble from the global media conglomerate that has produced in recent years a majority of the world’s blockbuster successes. Considering a range of factors and stakeholders, including the Covid-19 pandemic, the political statements of the film’s star, the reception and legacy of the earlier film version, and Disney’s complex relationship with the Chinese government, I intend to show how studying failure often can be as generative as studying major successes—and how media failure itself is often a situated, tentative phenomenon. But failure analysis also risks serving the interests of the media conglomerate that one hopes to examine and critique, so I will also explore what a counterhegemonic praxis may look like. 

After the talk concludes at 4:45, Kunze will chat with interested grad students for an additional half hour about careers, research, professional development and more. He welcomes questions!

Peter Kunze is a visiting assistant professor at Tulane University. Kunze’s research and teaching interests include US media history, media aesthetics, industry studies, convergence culture, and children’s media. He sits on the boards of the Literature/Film Association, Studies in American Humor, and Studies in Musical Theatre, and he co-founded the SCMS special interest group for children’s and youth media and culture. He edited The Films of Wes Anderson: Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon and Conversations with Maurice Sendak, and he co-edited American–Australian Cinema: Transnational Connections. His current book project, Staging a Comeback: Broadway, Hollywood, and the Disney Renaissance, examines the creative and industrial relationships between Hollywood and Broadway.

via Zoom: 95663771025

Details

Date:
March 11, 2021
Time:
3:30 pm - 4:35 pm CST
Event Category:
Location:
https://rtf.utexas.edu/global-media-industries-speaker-series

Other

Target Audience
Faculty, Students
Tags
Digital Media, Global, Media, Moody College, Storytelling

Moody College of Communication is proud to present Texas Moody Media. Texas Moody Media is a multi-disciplinary content channel designed to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from all of The University of Texas at Austin, and it showcases content produced by members of the Moody College community. All Events/Announcements submitted to Texas Moody Media are subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Any Events/Announcements found in violation will be removed without warning. Examples of such violations include using an image without consent from the image owner. More information is available online at https://security.utexas.edu/policies/DMC. Content may not be used without permission.