BENJAMIN A. J. PEARSON
Benjamin Pearson is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan who is interested in the relationship between cultural/media policy, development, and globalization. His primary research revolves around international institutions’ interventions in global cultural policy, particularly aid programs to cultural and audiovisual industries in the global south. He’s also interested in global internet policy, arts criticism and the valuation of culture in a digital era, and bad movies.
Benjamin holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College; and an MA in European Union Studies from Universidad de Deusto (San Sebastián, Spain) and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Groningen, the Netherlands). He’s participated in the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, and the Internet Governance, Civil Society, and Public Advocacy Summer University at Central European University. He’s also contributed to the policy field outside of academic contexts: as a stagiaire at the International Development section of the Delegation of the European Commission to the US, where he researched development and humanitarian aid issues for Brussels; and as a Fellow at Internews in Washington, DC, where he assisted with the Global Internet Policy Project, which advocates for a free and open internet worldwide.
Publications and Presentations:
Pearson, B.A.J (2014). “Media Aid Beyond the Factual: Culture, Development, and Audiovisual Assistance.” Global Media Journal, German Edition: Special Issue on Media Assistance. Vol. 4, No.2 (2014). Web.http://www.db-thueringen.de/servlets/DerivateServlet/Derivate-31134/GMJ8_Pearson_final.pdf
Pearson, B.A.J (2010). “The International and the Local in a European Basque Country: The Changing Landscape of Belonging and Territoriality.” Basque/European Perspectives on Cultural and Media Studies. Ed. María Pilar Rodríguez. Reno: Center for Basque Studies (2010): 31-50.
Pearson, B.A.J (May 2015). Developing Global Culture: The Emergence of E.U. Aid to Audiovisual Industries Abroad. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA), San Juan, PR.
Pearson, B.A.J (November 2014). EU Aid to Audiovisual Industries in the Global South. Invited lecture. Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, University of Michigan, USA.
Pearson, B.A.J (2014). Helping Your Images of Yourself to Look like Ours: Global Audiovisual Standards, Foreign Assistance, and TV Labor in Africa. Paper presented at the 2014 Flow Conference University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Pearson, B.A.J (Aug. 2014).Transnational Interventions in Cultural Production: UNESCO, the E.U, and Audiovisual Industries in the Global South. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) at Hyderabad, India.
Pearson, B.A.J (2013). Media Development, Mediated Cultural Diplomacy: the Case of the European Union and ACP-Films. Paper presented at the 2013 International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA) Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
Pearson, B.A.J (2013). The Filmic Canon and Amateur Film Criticism: The Impact of Sight and Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time List in an Age of Mediated Criticism. Paper presented at the 2013 Beyond the Margins Conference – DePaul University, Chicago, USA.
Pearson, B.A.J (2010). Narrating Self for the West: Satrapi’s Persepolis. Paper presented at the 2010 American Comparative Literature Association Conference – New Orleans, USA.
Pearson, B.A.J (2008). A Paradox of Integration? Subnational and EU Policy in the Basque Country. Invited lecture. Euroculture Intensive Program Conference – Krakow, Poland.
Pearson, B.A.J (2008). EU Border Policy and Territorial Sovereignty in Kosovo. Paper presented at the 2008 Central European Conference – Rajk László College for Advanced Studies, Budapest, Hungary.
Pearson, B.A.J (2005).Witnessing the Trauma of Basque Nationalism in the Films of Julio Medem. Paper presented at the Midwestern Modern Language Association Conference – Milwaukee, USA.