dimanche 29 juin 2008


Journal of Media Practice Call for Papers Special Issue: A Decade of Media Practice: Changes, Challenges and Choices The Journal of Media Practice is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009! To mark this anniversary, the Journal is looking for contributions from colleagues involved in media practice around the world, whether as teachers or practitioners. The current decade is witnessing vast changes in the production, consumption and forms of media. With digital technology, video art, documentary, film and other visual media are all going through interesting changes at the institutional, artistic and audience levels. Web 2.0 is blurring the lines between the production and consumption of media, and is opening up new spaces of expression in societies where state censorship hinders freedom of speech in traditional media. It is also instigating changes in web design. Satellite television is consolidating itself as the primary medium in places like the Middle East. Digital radio is opening up new possibilities for broadcasting. More synergies are being created between different media forms, whether between the internet and television, the internet and documentary, or any number of other possibilities. The Journal invites international contributions responding to the changes and challenges in the media practice landscape over the last decade, be it television, radio, video art, documentary, film, screenwriting, the internet, the press, or any other form of print, audio, visual or audiovisual media, and the choices that those changes and challenges have created for media practitioners, institutions and audiences. In addition to academic articles, the Journal encourages the submission of: - Interviews with key media personnel and artists - Reflections by media practitioners on their own practice (whether within institutions or as independent practitioners) - Reviews of exhibitions and other media events - Critical pieces about changes in technology, content and delivery of media products and tools, or the work of media institutions around the world Articles should be 5000 words, reviews 500-1000 words, and critical pieces and reflections between 1000-3000 words. The Editor is happy to discuss other possibilities with potential contributors prior to the deadline below. All submissions are subject to peer review. Please send all completed submissions to jmp@rhul.ac.uk. The deadline to receive all completed material (full articles, reviews etc.) is October 17, 2008. Informal queries, speculative abstracts and proposals can be sent to the Editor Lina Khatib: lina.khatib@rhul.ac.uk in advance of the October deadline. Dr Lina KhatibDepartment of Media ArtsRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEgham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKhttp://www.rhul.ac.uk/Media-Arts/staff/khatib.htmEditor: Journal of Media PracticeCo-Editor: Middle East Journal of Culture & Communication_________________________________________________________________ http://clk.atdmt.com/UKM/go/msnnkmgl0010000009ukm/direct/01/


Seventh Annual Cultural Studies Association (U.S.)Marriott (at the Plaza), Kansas CityApril 16-18, 2009 Expected plenary speakers include:Michael Bérubé, Pennsylvania State UniversityMarc Bousquet, Santa Clara UniversityOrit Halpern, New School for Social ResearchMichele Janette, Kansas State UniversityE. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern UniversityKarim Murji, Open University (U.K.)Cary Nelson, University of IllinoisAmit Rai, Florida State UniversitySangeeta Ray, University of MarylandMaria Josefina Saldaña-Porillo, New York UniversityJeff Williams, Carnegie Mellon University Also, the popular Journal Salon feature will continue. Journals expectedare:Cultural CritiqueCultural Studies/ Critical Methodologies Dialectical AnthropologyFlowGendersMediations Deadline for Proposals: September 15, 2008. This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the PublicKnowledge Project , enables participants to submitabstracts online at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu/conf/submit.php?cf=5. Thewebsite for submissions will open August 15, 2008. Call for Papers and Sessions The Cultural Studies Association (U.S.) invites participation in its SeventhAnnual Meeting from all areas and on all topics of relevance to CulturalStudies, including but not limited to literature, history, sociology,geography, anthropology, communications, popular culture, cultural theory,queer studies, critical race studies, feminist studies, postcolonialstudies, media and film studies, material culture studies, performance andvisual arts studies. All participants in the Sixth Annual meeting must pay registration fees byMarch 16, 2009, to be listed and participate in the program. See theregistration page of this website for details about fees. If you have any questions about procedures for submission or other concerns,please e-mail us at: csaus@pitt.edu. We welcome proposals in the followingfour categories: 1. INDIVIDUAL PAPERS Proposals for individual papers are due September 15, 2008. Successful papers will reach several constituencies of the organization andwill connect analysis to social, political, economic, or ethical questions. They should be submitted online on the conference website. Successfulsubmission will be acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgmentwithin 24 hours, please resubmit. The acknowledgment will say that yourproposal has been ''successfully submitted,'' which does NOT mean yourproposal has been accepted. All paper proposals require: a. The name, email address, department and institutional affiliation of theauthor, entered on the website.b. A 500-word abstract for the 20-minute paper entered on the website.c. Any needed audio-visual equipment must be noted following the abstract inthat space on the site. 2. PRE-CONSTITUTED PAPER SESSIONS, ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS, OR WORKSHOP SESSIONSProposals for pre-constituted sessions are due September 15, 2008. Roundtables are sessions in which panelists offer brief remarks, but thebulk of the session is devoted to discussion among the panelists andaudience members. Workshops are similarly devoted primarily to discussion,but they focus on practical problems in such areas as teaching, research, oractivism. No paper titles may be included for roundtables or workshops. Pre-constituted sessions should NOT be submitted on the website, but shouldbe sent to csaus@pitt.edu with the words ''Session Proposal'' in the subjectline. All proposals will be acknowledged, but please allow at least twobusiness days before inquiring. All session proposals require: a. The name, email address, phone number, and department and institutionalaffiliation of the proposer. b. The names, email addresses, and department and institutional affiliationsof each participant. c. A 500-word overview of the session, including identifying the type ofsession (panel, roundtable, workshop) proposed. For paper sessions, alsoinclude 500-word abstracts of each of the papers. Paper sessions should havethree or four papers. d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must berequested with the proposal. 3. DIVISION SESSIONSDivision sessions are due September 15, 2008. A list of divisions is available at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu . Divisions may elect to post calls on thatsite for papers and procedures for submission to division sessions or handlethe creation of their two division sessions by other means. Division chairswill submit their two panels/workshops/roundtables directly to the programcommittee by September 15, 2008 (directions will be sent to the divisionchairs). Proposals for divisions should NOT be submitted on the website orto csaus@pitt.edu. 4. SEMINAR PROPOSALSProposals for seminars are due September 15, 2008. Seminars are small-group (maximum 15 individuals) discussion sessions forwhich participants prepare in advance of the conference. In previous years,preparation has involved shared readings, pre-circulated ''position papers''by seminar leaders and/or participants, and other forms of pre-conferencecollaboration. We particularly invite proposals for seminars designed toadvance emerging lines of inquiry and research/teaching initiatives withinCultural Studies broadly construed. We also invite seminars designed togenerate future collaborations among conference attendees. Once a limitednumber of seminar topics and leaders are chosen, the seminars will beannounced through the CSA's various public e-mail lists. Participants willcontact the seminar leader(s) directly who will then inform the ProgramCommittee who will participate in the seminar. Seminars will be marked inthe conference programs as either closed to non-participants or open toother conference attendees as auditors (or in other roles). Examples ofsuccessful seminar proposals from previous years are linked in here (if youare reading this on the website). All seminar proposals require:a. A 500-word overview of the topic designed to attract participants andclear instructions about how the seminar will work, including details aboutwhat advanced preparation will be required of seminar participants.b. The name, email address, phone number, mailing address, and departmentaland institutional affiliation of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.c. A brief bio or one page CV of the leader(s) proposing the seminar.d. A request for any needed audio-visual equipment. All AV equipment must berequested with the proposal. Since seminars typically involve discussion ofpreviously circulated papers, such requests must be explained. Seminar proposals should be sent to: Bruce Burgett, Professor and Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Arts andSciencesUniversity of Washington Bothellburgett@u.washington.edu and Colin Danby, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences,University of Washington Bothell danby@u.washington.edu Those interested in participating in (rather than leading) a seminar shouldconsult the list of seminars and the instructions for signing up for them,available at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu afterOctober 15, 2008. Deadline to sign up will be November 14, 2008. Deadlinefor seminar leaders to submit final lists of participants (minimum 8individuals, in addition to the seminar leader or leaders) will be November21, 2008.

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From: "Imre Szeman" Subject: [cultstud-l] Cultural Spaces (Book Series)To: g-csacont@mcmaster.ca, ,, Message-ID: Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1" CULTURAL SPACES / University of Toronto Press CULTURAL SPACES is a book series that explores the rapidly changingtemporal, spatial, and theoretical boundaries of contemporary culturalstudies. Culture has long been understood as the force that defines anddelimits societies in fixed spaces. The recent intensification ofglobalizing processes, however, has meant that it is no longer possible– if it ever was – to imagine the world as a collection of autonomous,monadic spaces, whether these are imagined as localities, nations,regions within nations, or cultures demarcated by region or nation. Theaim of this interdisciplinary series is to publish bold new analysesand theories of the spaces of culture, as well as investigations of thehistorical construction of those cultural spaces that have influencedthe shape of the contemporary world. Series editors: Richard Cavell (University of British Columbia), JasminHabib (University of Waterloo) and Imre Szeman (McMaster University). Book proposals and manuscript submissions welcomed. Please contact: Siobhan McMenemy, smcmenemy@utpress.utoronto.ca, (416)978-2239 x231 For more information about the series, visit:http://www.utppublishing.com/pubstore/merchant.ihtml?id=58&step=2. Books in the Series: - Peter Ives, Gramsci’s Politics of Language: Engaging the BakhtinCircle and the Frankfurt School - Sarah Brophy, Witnessing AIDS: Writing, Testimony, and the Work ofMourning - Shane Gunster, Capitalizing on Culture: Critical Theory for CulturalStudies - Jasmin Habib, Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes of National Belonging - Serra Tinic, On Location: Canada’s Television Industry in a GlobalMarket - Evelyn Ruppert, The Moral Economy of Cities: Shaping Good Citizens - Mark Coté, Richard Day, and Greig de Peuter, eds, Utopian Pedagogy:Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization - Michael McKinnie, City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a GlobalCity - David Jefferess, Postcolonial Resistance: Culture, Liberation, andTransformation - Mary Gallagher, ed., World Writing: Poetics, Ethics, andGlobalization (forthcoming) - Maureen Moynagh, Political Tourism and Its Texts (forthcoming) Editors:Richard Cavell: rcavell@interchange.ubc.caJasmin Habib: jhabib@uwaterloo.caImre Szeman: szeman@mcmaster.ca Editorial Advisory Board:Lauren Berlant, University of ChicagoHomi K. Bhabha, Harvard UniversityHazel V. Carby, Yale UniversityRichard Day, Queen’s UniversityChristopher Gittings, University of Western OntarioLawrence Grossberg, University of North CarolinaMark Kingwell, University of TorontoHeather Murray, University of TorontoElspeth Probyn, University of SydneyRinaldo Walcott, OISE/University of Toronto

vendredi 20 juin 2008

Crossroads 2008 in Jamaica

Well, for those willing to have an eye on my research, I'll be presenting a paper at Crossroads 2008 in Jamaica. Needless to say, the apprentice work + MBA + participation @ a student orchestra did not leave me a lot of time for research...

So, the paper is entitled "Watching TV makes sense". About the emergence of a possible public sphere in East Asia through the consumption of Asian TV programs...

Still have a week to write the paper ;)

Here's the outline from UMAT conf. Any comments are welcome ;)

Watching television makes sense
The consumption of Asian television programs in Asia: a forthcoming sign of an epistemic community in Asia
Ubiquitous media, Asian transformations
Public sphere in Asia
Aska Monty, iCAT (Institute for Communication Arts and Technology), Hallym University

a phenomenon dating back to the 1980s 1990s preceded by the consumption of mainly Western programs
the consumption of Asian programs as “foreign programs in Asia translates/echoes/reflects technological changes in Asia, the emergence and confirmation of audiovisual powers, as producers of soft power and cultural contents, better designed for an Asian audience

Asian consumption: a two-fold phenomenon
a negative response to the Western media imperialism
a positive answer towards a multi-polar power system in Asia

Public sphere, epistemic community
Different stages of the formation and gathering of Asian people
from the grass root level of consumption to the political/utopian level of polity constitution
Why study television programs?
Television as an interface between the public and the private sphere leading to the constitution of the social welfare (Mandeville)
the role of market as established by Rosanvallon: Can Television, as well as market, pacify relations inter alii?

Television as a political tool
Television moulds preferences: the Nation/State defines what the audience watches
News and sports, reflection of the national psyche, last bastions to resist against transnational flows of television consumption?

Television as a soft power
Television as a source of political representativeness
A way to change perceptions
Television programmes as weapons of soft power in Asia (i.e. anime, dramas, films…)
Litterature on public sphere and epistemic community
The structural transformation of the public sphere. An inquiry into a category of bourgeois society (Habermas, 1989)

Communication and citizenship. Journalism and the public sphere (Dahlgreen, Sparks, 1991)

Imagined communities (Anderson)

Consumption in Asia (Chua)

UNESCO report (Nordenstreng and Varis, 1974): one-way flow of cultural production from the developed to the developing world

The economics of Television Program Production and Trade in Far East Asia (Waterman, Rogers, 2000)

Media imperialism revisited: some findings from the Asian case (Chadha, Kavoori 2000)

Quantitative analysis:
Broadcasting strategies in eight Asian countries, among private and public broadcasters regarding imports of Asian programs

Qualitative analysis:
Interviews of television programs consumers about their viewing habits, their perception of foreign programs and their preferences

Raised issue:
Can the consumption of television programs in Asia foster and shoulder the emergence of a public sphere or an epistemic community in Asia?
Consumption of television and sharing common values; mould for a common epistemic community in Asia
1.1 The discovery of the sameness/closeness through television programs
Identification process in the making
Cross border allegiance of taste
An offer shaped by the audience (market driven approach)
A comprehension of the unknown other eased by television consumption

1.2 Hindrances
transnational flows based on pop culture… dramas, cartoons
is light entertainment able to erase cultural differences, misperceptions?
Counterbalanced by the distanced relation to the media and the reception theories
The burden of history (colonial past…) and biased perceptions of the other moulded by past propaganda

II. Consumption of television programs in Asia: a political stance
2.1 Contestation and resistance force
a voice for the repressed in some Asian regimes, a voice of contestation in Asian communist authoritarian regimes, hence an enlightenment process in Asia through media consumption?
a resistance to American cultural imperialism or a resistance to the Japanese cultural imperialism in some cases
to be qualified in the proportion of American programs broadcasted generally in Asia, reflection of the legacy of history and the effects of media liberalization (Uruguay round)
to be qualified by the proportion of Japanese anime, dramas, products of the Japanese soft power, in Asia. Japan as a benchmark in Asia

2.2  A means to build an Asian community, polity
Consumption of Asian television programs and the emergence of a new cultural, transnational geopolitical map in Asia: the cultural contents producers versus the cultural contents consumers, translating, echoing new balances of power in Asia
Importers and exporters; the role of the State in fostering television contents or placing watchdogs on television programming in Asia
A polity threatened by a new kind of media imperialism produced by leading Asian states?
Hindrances: the preference for the local in a number of television fields (news, entertainment)
Qualifying the possibility of detachment towards local programs, news as the very last bastion of national sovereignty (however qualified by the way people consume news, and the way the news programs are produced)
III. Consumption of television programs and epistemic community/Asian polity: a down top process led by heterogeneous social categories
3.1  Public sphere and Habermas approach: its validity to the Asian context
Interactive approach valid in the Asian context: the discursive reason
Studies still on the making about forums, fans communicating to each other concerning their consumption of television programs
Public sphere and Asian youth: alternative ways of consuming culture and constructing shared values; shifting patterns of consumption in Asian programs
The Asian prosumers in the web.20 context : consumers and passers by of Asian programs (cf youtube and the case of Korean dramas, online consumption of Asian dramas in China…)
Current stage: clusters and networks rather than a true public sphere, epistemic community on the making

3.2 Redefining public opinion and public sphere? New modalities
Consumption of television programs in Asia calling for a redefinition of the very notion of public sphere
the consumption of television programs blurs the limits/frontiers between public and private sphere
the personal taste, mark of the very intimate, is made public

Asian public sphere, epistemic community as a horizon
Cultural transnational flows and consumption as a founding basis for Asian cosmopolitanism