Lecture: 'Life, Death, and Labor in the Hollywood Industrial Complex'

Event Details

October 26, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: 3rd Fl. Communication Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

Vanessa Díaz, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, discusses the ethnoracial, gender, and class stratification involved in the work of the celebrity journalists, paparazzi, and red carpet photographers who create content for celebrity weekly magazines. Building on her book project, Manufacturing Celebrity, this lecture focuses on the racial disparity and division of labor among paparazzi.

In the last fifteen years, the demographics of the Los Angeles paparazzi transitioned from a labor force of white men to predominantly Latino men. Through the lens of the photographers, Díaz explores the invisability of Latinx labor, stereotypes around immigration, and the relationship between media, politics, and celebrity in the er of the reality star presidency. 


American College Department of American Studies, Hampshire College Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, Meridian: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Mount Holyoke College Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies, UMass Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, UMass Department of Anthropology


The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.

Event Category

Diversity Communication