Media Change and Social Theory

Venue: St Hugh\'s College

Location: OXFORD, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 06, 2006 End Date/Time: Sep 08, 2006
Registration Date: Jun 30, 2006
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This conference brings together media scholars and social theorists to try to push forward media theory. We need to enrich the intellectual resources we draw upon to understand the media. To do so, critical work on the media needs to engage much more intensively with social and political theory than it has in recent years. For example, important work in the following areas has barely been addressed in most media studies:

- Critical theory – the contemporary Frankfurt School and Anglo-American resonances
- Field theory – Bourdieu, his associates and those influenced by them
- Governmentality and neo-Foucauldian approaches to discourse and institutions
- Actor network theory
- Theories of democracy, deliberation and difference

In other areas, pioneering work has been carried out but needs further extension and development:

- Revisions and elaborations of notions of the public and the public sphere
- Critical media anthropology, especially ethnography
- Feminist theory: politics and identity in the era of Butler and beyond
- Critical political economy of the media
- Theories of self, subjectivity and society

Pleanry Speakers include:

Nick Coulbry (London School of Economics)
Daniel Hallin (University of California, San Diego)
Purnima Mankekar (Stanford University)
Liesbeth van Zoonen (University of Amsterdam)
Annabelle Sreberny (SOAS, University of London)
Faye Ginsburg (New York University)
Phillip Schlesinger (University of Sterling)
Toby Miller (University of California, Riverside)
Tony Bennett (Open University)
Karel Williams (University of Manchester)


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