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October 2009, Week 4


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Tue, 27 Oct 2009 10:16:39 -0400
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Please consider joining us for the following seminar stream at the ACLA 
meeting in New Orleans April 1-4 2010:

The Culture Industry Reconfigured

* Seminar Organizer: David Jenemann, U of Vermont; Gauti Sigthorsson, U 
of Greenwich

In a recent essay, Antonio Negri writes that “Adorno’s model of cultural 
criticism genuinely uncovered the ontology of [modernity],” but that in 
post-modernity this model has “exhausted itself.” This panel seeks to 
explore the contours of the culture industry/industries under 
reconfigured relations of production, postmodern aesthetics and 
biopolitical regimes. Is there still a coherent form of the “culture 
industry” adequately captured by Adorno and Horkheimer’s formulation? Is 
it time to regard culture industries as plural and dispersed, more 
appropriately analyzed at the level of the body, habits, social 
networks, and interactions mediated by databases? How do the movements 
of information and peoples re-energize/hybridize the critique of 
culture? We seek contributions on both the general theme as well as on 
specific examples. Topics might include:

* Mass media (and their “masses”)
* Granular, individualized media forms: Social networks, games, mobile 
media and software
* Voting as consumption; polling as market research
* Spaces of cultural production
* “Diasporic” culture industries
* Creative and cultural industries policy
* Intellectual property and forms of circulation
* Political discourse as entertainment (Glenn Beck, etc.)

Interested participants should submit their abstracts directly to The deadline for abstracts is November 13, 2009. Please 
contact David Jenemann ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.

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