An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Zombies in History, Politics, Art & Popular Culture
As many zombie film lovers can tell you, zombies are the perfect metaphor for seemingly anything. The zombies in films have ranged from slaves, who while slow; get the job done, to running, hungry, undead, feasting on the living. Zombies have served broadly as a narrative of capitalism, consumerism and rapid disease. Zombies make sense, and apparently have been making sense since the first zombie film in the U.S., White Zombie (1932). Zombie films, books, and fears are here to stay, and this interdisciplinary presentation explores the extension of the zombie narrative as represented in Haiti, to Haiti’s cultural impact on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, to zombie representation in U.S. history, popular culture and music. This talk explores the zombie narrative across politics, film, literature, history, economics and music to once and for all, reanimate ideas about the living dead.
Mzilikazi Koné holds a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and her areas of research are in race, gender, sexuality and political organizing in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.
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