A lecture by Professor Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster.
Jonathan Hardy will be chair and discussant.
In public and academic debates, journalism and management ideology, there is a lot of talk about the emergence of a qualitatively new Internet that is termed “social media” or “web 2.0”. In this talk I challenge such claims that go hand in hand with the ideas that we are experiencing the emergence of participatory culture and Facebook revolutions. I argue that deepening class relations are at the heart of contemporary capitalism and capitalist social media, that we need to engage with Karl Marx’s theory in order to understand society, inequality and the media landscape today, and that the transformation of paid into unpaid or lowly paid precarious labour is at the heart of the transformations of labour today. I situate the emergence of so-called commercial social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the context of what can be termed digital labour – capital’s exploitation of users’ work. In order to understand digital labour, we need to see the global division of labour underlying it and the role that targeted advertising plays for the capital accumulation model of social media corporations. I conclude that we need to re-invent the Internet in order to establish truly social media.
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A collaboration with UEL’s Centre for Migration, Refugees & Belonging.
This event will take place at INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), 1 Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA
Part of CCSR’s Race & Nationalism series. Race and Sport will be the second seminar in the series and will take place in July 2014
Full details including dates and times will be published here shortly
CCSR is pleased to publicise this event which will explore the legacy and influence of the CCCS 50 years after its inception.
To mark the launch of an archive of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, this conference will reflect on the influence and legacies of the CCCS, both inside the academy and beyond. Following Richard Hoggart’s pioneering decision to embark on the research of popular culture, and the subsequent appointment of Stuart Hall, the Centre became one of the biggest influences on the development of cultural and media studies around the world. The aim of the conference is to bring together former members of staff with all those interested in its work and influence, both inside and outside universities. It will examine the global reach of the Centre, the teaching and research methods that were employed and the lessons the Centre can provide in the current political and cultural contexts.
Confirmed speakers include Geoff Eley, Lawrence Grossberg, Stuart Hall, Richard Johnson, Jo Littler and Jackie Stacey. A full programme will be posted online in due course.
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The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) and CCSR (Centre for Cultural Studies Research) are pleased to announce ISRAEL/PALESTINE: NEW PERSPECTIVES a seminar which will take place in EB.G.18, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR on Monday 28th October 2013, 4–6pm
Dr. Ruth Sanz Sabido, Canterbury Christ Church University ‘A Land of Promises: Tracing the representations of terrorism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’
Tom Tlalim, Goldsmiths, University of London, ‘Resounding Conflict: Sonic Strategies for Political Critique in Israel/Palestine’.
Dr. Jamie Hakim, University of East London, ‘Affect and Popular Zionism in the British Jewish Community after 1967’
Nora Parr, SOAS, University of London, ‘Novel Imaginings of the National Community: Inter-textuality in the works of Ibrahim Nasrallah’
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Our conference for 2013 will address the problematics of space both as concept and as lived social reality, with a particular emphasis on the tension between spaces of control in the context of contemporary neoliberalism, spaces of resistance and the apocalyptic spaces which emerge from war, forced migration and the failures of consumer capitalism.
What are the politics of space in contemporary contexts? How can we re-think space beyond the public/private divide? How do spatial arts re-configure space and the way in which it is experienced? What new configurations of space may emerge from burgeoning forms of community? How do the theatres of contemporary war force a re-assessment of spatial concepts? Is it still possible for the notion of virtual space to function in opposition to the striated space of contemporary cities?
We are pleased to announce that Deborah Dixon and Carl Lavery of Aberystwyth University, Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Leicester) and the independent artist Joanna Rajkowska have been confirmed as keynote speakers. The conference will also offer the chance to participate in movement workshops and performative explorations of space.
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CONFLICTING LEGACIES, HUGO CHAVEZ AND MARGARET THATCHER: Neo-liberalism and new wars versus social justice and peace
Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written over two dozen books on world politics and history. His novels, including the series known as the ‘Islam Quintet’, have been translated into many languages. He is a longstanding editor of the New Left Review and writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Guardian
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This is the third seminar in our Culture & Polity series in which our invited speakers will be examining the city both as a concept and as a space marked by social and cultural divisions and in which conflicting notions of community emerge. Has the economic downturn restructured the suburb from paradise to pressure cooker, making it the new inner city precariously perched on the edge? What are the political consequences of the impact of privatisation on city space? The award-winning film-maker John Smith will also present his film ‘Blight’ which revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition.
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This is the second seminar in our Culture & Polity series in which our invited speakers will be examining the post-neoliberal subject as produced by the strategies of behavioural economics, security screening and the discourse of virology. What is the meaning of community and the social under these conditions? What forms of governance emerge from new techniques of securitisation and behaviour management and what are the implications for democratic processes?
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This is the first seminar in our Culture & Polity series, interrogating urgent questions of cultural change in the context of new forms of community, contemporary commodity forms and government policy.
This session will bring together a range of perspectives on the question of digitization and value, from the spheres of media and cultural studies, digital arts practice, and open source enterprise. To what extent do networked digital technologies enable new forms of human subjectivity, social organization and expressive new forms of culture? Do digital production tools and networked communications provide new modalities of intensity and sensation? Or do the materialities of digitization merely extend the field of neoliberal authority? Can technology offer new tools for building communities and potentially emancipate impoverished groups and environments? How do we conceive of value in a digital world?
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The emergence of discourses constructing the ‘new man’ and his wayward sibling, the ‘new lad’, are now firmly entrenched as subjects to be critiqued in media and cultural studies-informed teaching and research. Continuing to question how these discourses inform the performance of modern masculinities is thus central to a progressive gender politics.
This symposium will explore the extent to which heterosexual men have responded positively to the changing gender relations that inform contemporary social relations. Is it possible, for example, to identify a new form of heterosexual masculinity which is sufficiently self-reflexive not to be fearful of difference? Or are ‘straight’ men still anxious to construct and police boundaries between themselves and the queer or feminized other? And to what extent are men’s attitudes to gender and sexuality still shaped by questions of class, ethnicity and spatial proximity?
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