Priscilla Ovalle — “From Black Hair to Black Panther: Collaborative Scholarship and Thinking through Cinematic Blackness”

April 13, 2018
10:30 amto12:00 pm

McKenzie Hall
Room 375
1101 Kincaid St.
UO Campus

Join Priscilla Peña Ovalle (UO Cinema Studies) and guest Leah Aldridge (LMU School of Film and Television) as they discuss their new book projects in a talk titled “From Black Hair to Black Panther: Collaborative Scholarship and Thinking through Cinematic Blackness.” At this CSWS “Works-in-Progress/Author Meets Reader” event, Aldridge and Ovalle will share how production and organizing experience informs their thinking and approaches to collaborative scholarship. Ovalle will then present “Kim Kimble’s Celebrity Hair/Style,” followed by Aldridge’s presentation of “Black Panther to Breitbart.” The event concludes with a discussion; attendees are invited to ask questions and offer feedback so Aldridge and Ovalle can further develop their ideas for presentation and publication.

Presentations build from their new book proposals, which will be available the week of the event by emailing

Leah Aldridge

Leah Aldridge is adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Leah’s research interests include the relationship between domestic and global production, distribution, and circulation of blackness. Leah earned a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Southern California (USC), an MFA in screenwriting fro UCLA, and a PhD from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Previous works include “To Brand and Rebrand: Questioning the Futurity of Tyler Perry,” in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry, and “Will Smith: A Global Brand of Blackness,” in Colorblind Hollywood (forthcoming).


Priscilla Peña Ovalle

Priscilla Peña Ovalle is the associate head of UO’s Department of Cinema Studies. Her scholarship and teaching focus on race, gender, and sexuality in mainstream media. She is currently working on a book and interactive media project called Hair/Style in Commercials and Music Videos about the production and performance of hair on television. Her first book, Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom, is about how Latinx women—from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez—have achieved stardom through dance. CSWS has supported her research with a CSWS Faculty Research Grant.

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