Kathrin Muschalik

University of Duisburg-Essen
First Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Michael Wala
(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Second Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Josef Raab
(University of Duisburg-Essen)
E-Mail: kathrin.muschalik@rub.de

Kathrin Muschalik

Kathrin received her Master’s degree from the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2012. The topic of her Master’s thesis was “Ethnic Struggles in Contemporary American Film” and was based on the assumption that far too little attention has been paid to the cinematic representation of multiculturalism in the USA. Thus, the purpose of the thesis was to analyze how the film industry, authors and directors, perceive the status quo in American society, especially in American metropolises like Los Angeles.

The Rodney King Incident and Race Relations in Los Angeles during the 1990s

On April 29, 1992, four LAPD officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney Glen King were acquitted of assault. Within a few hours after the verdict had become public, the city erupted in rioting which left over 50 people dead and approximately 2,000 injured. From the day of the “Rodney King incident” until long after the riots, daily newspapers and television networks of all kinds devoted extensive resources to the beating as well as to the uprising. This material is going to serve as a basis for my dissertation, which – among other things – is going to deal with the question how the Rodney King incident was presented by the press and in how far this reporting might have influenced the events of the riots. The purpose of this paper is not to find out the truth concerning the beating but rather what kind of “truth” was presented by the media and in how far it might have influenced people’s behavior; In how far did the Rodney King case and the riots (respectively the coverage of it) influence the living together of different ethnicities in Los Angeles and thus caused a “mental” urban transformation?

Selected Presentations

  • March 2014: "'A City in Crisis' - The L.A. Times news coverage on the Los Angeles Riots"
    Spatial Histories, Constructs, and Practices: Trajectories and Strategies in the North American City." Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  • February 2014: Muschalik, Kathrin and Darius Harwardt und Stephanie Nowitzki. Conference Report: "Military, Security, and Use of Force in U.S. History. Annual Conference of the Historians in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien (DGFA)/German Association for American Studies". 21.02.2014-23.02.2014, Tutzing. Report on H-Soz-Kult
  • July 2013: “The Rodney King Incident and Race Relations in Los Angeles during the 1990s”Kolloquium zur Geschichte Nordamerikas, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Bochum, Germany.
  • April 2013: "The Rodney King Incident in Language"
    Urban Transformations Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.

Selected Conference Participation

  • March 2014: Organizer of the conference "Spatial Histories, Constructs, and Practices: Trajectories and Strategies in the North American City" at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany.
  • April 2013: Chair of the presentation “New York City's Urban Space in German Immigrant Letters”
    Urban Transformations Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.

Selected Teaching

  • Winter Term 2013/2014: "Ethnicity in L.A." (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Summer Term 2014: "Fear knows Color" - Race Riots in Los Angeles (University of Duisburg-Essen)

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