Some Restrictions Apply: The Exhibition Spaces of Guantanamo Bay

Speaker(s): Daniel Grinberg

Center for Media at Risk Colloquium

This talk analyzes the spaces of media access and censorship at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. It first touches on the U.S. military’s use of movie theaters to entertain and regulate the employees and families stationed at the site, and explores how official guidelines strategically limit which films can be screened. Next, it discusses the more restricted media exhibition contexts for detainees, interrogating how the military instrumentalizes detainees’ access to entertainment as a means of further ensuring their compliance. Finally, this talk frames the site itself as an exhibition space for visiting journalists and documentarians and asks how techniques of state censorship constrain the range of visualities that outsider critics can produce.

Daniel Grinberg is the 2018-2019 Center for Media at Risk Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his PhD in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Spring 2018. He holds an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University and a B.A. in English Literature and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

His recent focus is on the intersections of documentary media and Freedom of Information Act disclosures. While in residence at the Center in 2018-2019 Grinberg is analyzing how these archival forms mediate public knowledge of covert security and surveillance practices and is currently teaching an undergraduate course.

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