Beyond the Margins Graduate Panel

‘Beyond the Margins’ is a graduate student conference focused on the relationship between the mainstream and the marginal as it occurs within various media. The conference seeks to address such issues as: power and access as they affect how different voices are prominent in various media; how marginalized voices gain access to media outlets; how mainstream media texts represent marginalized members of society; the reclamation of neglected media texts and the role of canonization therein; the use of alternative media forums to provide new ways for marginalized voices to reach wider audiences.

Our keynote speaker is Prof. Dana Polan of NYU, who will present "The Square Screen: 'The Tammy Show' and Unhip Cinema of the 1960s" in LL102, Sat. May 18th, 12:30 pm. Dr. Polan is the former editor of Cinema Journal, Past President of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and a former 'Academy Foundation Scholar' of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka, the people who run 'The Oscars').​

Sponsored by DePaul University’s Vincentian Endowment Fund and the Media & Cinema Studies Program in the College of Communication, this conference seeks to uphold the University’s Vincentian mission. As a university, DePaul pursues the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines. It treasures its deep roots in the wisdom nourished in Catholic universities from medieval times. The principal distinguishing marks of the university are its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban character.

Conference panelists will explore the central conference theme from a multiplicity of methods and disciplines, with the goal of creating a larger discourse that encourages diversity of thought in the resultant dialogues arising from each panel. From these dialogues it is hoped that practical, positive actions in service of those disadvantaged subjects being discussed may arise. In so doing, we strive to promote the conference’s Vincentian values both within the academic community at DePaul University and to those beyond our institutional borders.

The "Beyond the Margins" conference will be held here in the College of Communication's Daley Building at 14 E. Jackson on May 17-18, 2013. For more information, visit the event's page​ on and download a .pdf of the "Beyond the Margins" conference program​.

​For more information, contact Professor Blair Davis​ in the Media and Cinema Studies program.​