[csaa-forum] Forthcoming CPC lecture by Prof James Hay @ RMIT, 4pm Mon 27 Aug

TANIA LEWIS tania.lewis at rmit.edu.au
Fri Aug 17 16:01:01 CST 2012

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*The Communication, Politics & Culture Research Centre at RMIT's School of
Media and Communication is pleased to present its annual lecture:
*'Toward a Critical Refrigerator Studies'
Professor James Hay, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

There are good reasons to welcome the turn in Media Studies away from
earlier forms of research that analyzed radio, television, telephony, and
cinema as distinct or even distinctive sets of practices. However, the
current mantra of convergence often fails to acknowledge that convergence
is not new and that convergence has never been strictly a synergy among
communication media.  Any understanding of current media convergence must
grapple with the emergent design, use, and mattering of an increasingly
wide array of 'appliances' that once were not considered to be
communication technologies but that now are represented as 'smart' or
'intelligent.' This paper offers an outline for an analytic of
communication media that rethinks the long project of 'media studies' and
the degree to which it is still useful in understanding everyday networks
of productivity, citizenship, and life.

*Date: *Monday, 27 August 2012
*Time: *4:00pm - 5:30pm
*Venue:* 80.01.002, 427-433 Swanston Street, city campus (cinema space on
the ground level)
*RSVP:* lucy.morieson at rmit.edu.au

James Hay is a Professor & the Director of Graduate Studies at the
Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.  He is Editor of the journal, *Communication &
Critical/Cultural Studies*. His most recent book, with Laurie Ouellette, is
*Better Living Through Reality TV* (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

*With thanks to the Institute for Culture and Society at University of
Western Sydney who have sponsored Professor Hay's trip to Australia.*

Associate Professor Tania Lewis
Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow
School of Media & Communication
RMIT University
Building 36.3.7 City Campus
GPO Box 2476, Melbourne VIC 3001

ph: +61 3 9925 2406
fax: +61 3 9639 1685
email: tania.lewis at rmit.edu.au

web: www.rmit.edu.au/staff/tania-lewis
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