Call for papers: Between Urgency and Abstraction: Cultural Studies After Stuart Hall

stuart-hall-bw-obitJune 2014 (exact date TBC) Goldsmiths, University of London

“Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies? … At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.”

– Stuart Hall

This conference will involve a genealogical reading of the field of cultural studies, opening up to an interrogation of its contemporary orientation, aims and (anti-) methodologies.

Contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* The relation between cultural studies and sociology/science/philosophy/fine art/digital technologies

* History or historiography of cultural studies

* Cultural studies vs. critical theory (Frankfurt School)

* Cultural studies from a non-Western perspective

* Gender politics in cultural studies

* The relation between theory and practice

* Critical perspectives on methodologies and disciplinary structures

* Post-Marxism and cultural studies

* The university as site for political struggle

* Theory as ‘real abstraction’

* The interplay between art, research and politics

* Knowledge production under computation-based media technologies

Deadline for abstracts: 12th May 2014

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, for presentations of between 10-20 minutes. Please include a 100 word biography with your name, email address and institutional affiliation (where possible).

Submissions should be sent to goldculturalstudies2014@gmail.com. Please include the words “CFP: Urgency and Abstraction” in the subject title.

Call for Articles: Media and Mobility section of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies

smart_carTransfers, now in its fourth year of publication, is emerging as a key peer-reviewed platform for new research into the practices, experiences and representations of disparate mobilities. In its mission to rethink mobility, the journal also provides a forum for innovative research at the intersection of mobility and media studies. The focus lies on contemporary and historic interactions and linkages between transport, traffic, communication, and media in its broadest sense.
To further elaborate on the ‘media and mobility’ link, submissions that investigate the diverse relations between technology, mobility, and media are invited. This includes submissions that analyze the role of infrastructures with respect to communication and transport, or the ‘mobilization’ of communication and media technologies and the ‘mediatization’ of transportation, and its long-term development.
For the ‘media and mobility’ section, you might contact:
Regine Buschauer, rebus@bluewin.ch
Gabriele Schabacher, gabriele.schabacher@uni-siegen.de
Sunny Stalter, sls0009@auburn.edu

The polarity between work alienation and the importance of work: A new article by Basak Ucanok

basak-ucanokA new article by Basak Ucanok Tan, Ph.D. (Department of Communication Management) titled “Understanding the Polarity between Work Alienation and the Importance of Work: Evidence from Turkey” is published in the Middle East Journal of Management:

 “The main aim of this paper is to investigate the conceptual and empirical grounds work alienation and work centrality differentiate from one another. The concern that these two variables may lie on different axes of the same concept is tackled in relation to work values. In this respect, the effects of work values (intrinsic vs. extrinsic work values) on both work alienation and work centrality have been examined (…)”

ICA Regional Conference: Expanding Communication: Old Boundaries and New Frontiers

networkThe ICA Lodz regional conference, organized jointly by 8 European universities and with the cooperation of the Polish Communication Association (PCA), under the auspices of the International Communication Association (www.icahdq.org), will take place on 9-11 April, 2015 at the University of Lodz, Poland.

The Polish Communication Association co-operates with many international media and communication associations. PCA belongs to the International Confederation of Communication Associations. The Polish Communication Association is also the 15th institutional member of the International Communication Association (ICA).

For more information please visit: ica2015.uni.lodz.pl

Questions related to submission should be addressed to: Marek Molenda, email: marek.j.molenda@gmail.com

Itır Erhart’ın kitap çalışmasının ikinci baskısı yayımlandı

0636b9a9-324d-4b6a-9422-1dfee302a3dbBilgi Medya Okulu Öğretim Üyesi Yrd. Doç. Dr. Itır Erhart‘ın “Ben Neyim? Kişiler ve İnsanlar Üzerine Bir Çalışma” adlı kitabının ikinci baskısı, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınları tarafından geçtiğimiz günlerde yayımlandı:

“Ben nedir? Bir hayat hikâyesinin toplamı mı? Vazgeçilemez olduğunu düşündüğümüz uğraşlarımızı terk etmek zorunda kalırsak, ben yine ben olarak var olmaya devam eder mi? Peki ya bir gün Alzheimera yakalanır ve giderek tüm bilişsel yetilerimizi yitirirsek ya da bitkisel hayata girersek, yine bir benden söz edebilecek miyiz? Beynimizin yarı kürelerinden biri bir başkasına nakledilirse ben de onunla birlikte gider mi? Kafkanın Gregor Samsası gibi dev bir böceğe dönüşürsek bene ne olur? Ben Neyim? belki de kendimize hiç sormadığımız felsefi soruların cevabını arıyor.

“…savunmaya çalıştığım yaklaşıma göre, “benim ilk fotoğraflarım, annemin rahminde iken çekilmiş olanlardır” cümlesi, doğru olacaktır. Ben, o insan ceniniydim ve sonra o cenin insan bebeğine dönüştü, insan yavrusuna ve sonra da yetişkin insana dönüştü. Beni annemin rahminde iken gösterenlerden başlayıp bitkisel hayatta insan olarak gösterenlere kadar resimlerle dolu bir albümüm olsa, bütün bu resimler benim resimlerim olacaktır. Bu resimleri karıştırırken, gördüğümüz şey bir insandır. Onu bir takım özellikler kazanırken ve bir takım başka özellikler kaybederken görürürüz. Bebek olma özelliğini kaybedip çocuk olur, öğrenci olma özelliğini kaybedip öğretmen olur vs. Aynı kalan şey, onun özdeşliğidir. Onun bir yaşındaki halini gösteren resme ve onu üniversiteden mezun olduğu gün gösteren resme bakarken aynı insana bakıyor oluruz.”