[csaa-forum] Global perspectives on media piracy: Joe Karaganis and Ravi Sundaram (Melbourne, 24 March)

Ramon Lobato ramonlobato at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 15:10:16 CST 2011

*With apologies for cross-posting*

The Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology
and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation
present an evening of public lectures by Joe Karaganis (Social Science
Research Council, New York) and Ravi Sundaram (Sarai/Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies, Delhi) on the topic of media piracy and
informal economies.


This presentation will introduce a major collaborative study of music,
film, and software piracy conducted in India, Brazil, South Africa,
Russia, and Mexico between 2007 and 2010. The study focuses on the
relationship between the licit and illicit media markets in these
countries, and on the emergence of enforcement as a primary concern of
the knowledge economy.

Joe Karaganis is Media, Technology and Culture program director at the
Social Science Research Council in New York. His work focuses on
changes in the organization of cultural production in the digital
context and on the intersection between information policy and social
practice. He is editor of the collection Structures of Participation
in Digital Culture (SSRC, 2007).


Informality has arrived on the postcolonial media landscape with a
kinetic force in the last two decades. More media is now distributed
through bazaars, small markets, street vendors and neighbourhood
retail that ever before. Informality is seen as a threat by large
media industries, who see it as distributing pirate media or simply
indifferent to the Law of Property. Informality, once a grey zone of
paralegal production and work for economists, now presents media
research with a series of new research questions. What are the stakes
for media after the informal? What is the relationship between the
practices of postcolonial informality and the larger landscape of new
media? Is there a connection between the street market and the world
after Wikileaks? This lecture will suggest that we are entering a new
media condition today that may disrupt many of the received models of
cultural modernity of the last 100 years.

Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing
Societies, Delhi and Co-Director of the Sarai programme on media and
urban culture. He is the author of Pirate Modernity: Delhi's Media
Urbanism (Routledge, 2009).

Respondents: Stuart Cunningham (ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative
Industries and Innovation, QUT), Kathy Bowrey (Faculty of Law, UNSW),
Julian Thomas (Institute for Social Research, Swinburne).

DATE:  Thursday March 24, 2011

TIME:  6pm-8pm

VENUE:  Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria (enter
via 179 La Trobe St)

CONTACT:  Ramon Lobato, Swinburne Institute for Social Research -
rlobato at swin.edu.au / (03) 9214 8637


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