Call for papers: New Uses of Bourdieu in Film and Media Studies

Culture Lab

Newcastle University

16 November 2012

A one day conference in collaboration between Newcastle University’s Research Centre in Film & Digital Media and the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, with keynote speaker Professor Bridget Fowler of the University of Glasgow.

Despite the profound influence of Pierre Bourdieu’s work in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, it has been less extensively employed in research in the fields of film and media. Certainly for film, this is partially explained by a lack of direct comment by Bourdieu on the subject (the short essay “Culture is in danger” (2000) represents the most striking exception in this regard). Although Bourdieu has written more extensively on media, this has certainly not produced what one might call a Bourdieu school of media studies.

The aim of the conference, therefore, is to explore new uses of Bourdieu in film and media research.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

*      symbolic violence: making the invisible visible

*      film space and social space

*      film and artistic autonomy

*      film/media as serving/resisting cultural, social and political reproduction

*      film/media’s potential to reinforce or to resist masculine domination

*      taste, distinction and canon formation

*      reflexivity in film and media

Proposals of 200 words along with a short biography should be sent by

September 30

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