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Interest Groups: Media Industy Studies
The Media Industry Studies Interest Group (ICAMIS) exists to promote research and teaching practice on the history, organization, structure, economics, management, production processes and cultural forms, and the societal impact of media industries from a variety of theoretical, empirical, and cultural perspectives. The Media Industry Studies Interest Group serves as a place for collaboration and scholarly engagement for academics in a range of fields. Among other things, our members study: the relationship between government and industry; the intersection of audience and industry; audiences as consumers; the business of media; production and creative labor; ownership structure; and content diversity from a range of micro and macro-levels.

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  • Amanda Lotz Chair

    U of Michigan
    5445 NQ 105 S. State St
    Department of Communication Studies
    Ann Arbor MI  48104
    Ph. 734-615-4036  Fax 734-764-3288

  • Philip Napoli Vice Chair

    Rutgers University
    School of Communication & Information
    4 Huntington St.
    New Brunswick NJ  08901
    Ph. 848-932-7568  Fax

  • Sora Park Secretary

    University of Canberra
    News & Media Research Centre
    Bruce, ACT   2601
    Ph. 61 2 6201 5423  Fax

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Ian Huffer wrote on the Interest Groups: Media Industy Studies wall: CFP Cultures of Capitalism: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference 2017 - December 6-8 - Massey University, Wellington Campus - Aotearoa New Zealand - Keynote Speakers: Professor Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland), Professor Jodi Dean (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Professor Wendy Larner (University of Victoria, Wellington) - The relationship between capital and culture is hotly contested. On the one hand, dominant political discourses valorise “culture” as the solution for ailing communities, cities and industries. Discourses of neo-liberal globalization claim that, in the face of mass migration, war and climate change, communities equipped with the “right” culture will adapt and endure, while others will be left behind; discourses of urban planning celebrate culture as the key to revitalising municipal economies through creativity and social participation; and discourses of post-industrial work, parsing radical shifts in the manufacturing sector, champion cultural, intellectual and creative labour as the paradigm for new forms of work. On the other, a range of critical voices, many of them associated with Cultural Studies, offer a decidedly less rosy vision of the relationship between culture and emergent capitalist formations. For these critics, nascent technologies of capital have led to a renewed reification and exploitation of racialised, sexualised, and classed populations, even as newly precarious conditions of labour give rise to affective economies marked by depression, antagonism and the “crisis ordinary.” The 2017 Cultural Studies Association of Australasia conference will focus on the work that cultures do in constructing, contesting, and constituting new capital formations. While the “culture industry” critique cast culture as the opiate through which economic dominance is propagated, cultures can potentially mediate economic conditions in multiple and heterogeneous ways. This conference invites contributions that explore these mediations. In doing so, we return to one of the key concerns of early cultural studies: to make sense of the mutually-determining relation between culture and its capitalist context. If, following Stuart Hall, we understand ‘culture’ as the production of meaning through language and representation, what are the modes of communication through which capitalism/s are created? How are capitalism/s materialised in different spaces? How is it embodied in different identities and communities? What is the role of the economy in shaping the possibilities for culture? What is the role of Cultural Studies as critical praxis in the present economic time? Papers are invited to address, but are not limited to, the following themes: • The cultural politics of neoliberalism • Precarious and/or immaterial labour • Digital capitalism • Capitalist affects • Trump, Brexit and the resurgence of capitalist nationalisms • Capitalism, culture and technology • The cultural and creative industries • Capitalism, culture and sustainability • Cultures of surveillance and war • Cultural identity and globalisation • Cultural resistance and activism • Productive and unproductive cultures • Base, superstructure and mediation • Formal and real subsumption of culture • Representations of capitalism, class and markets • Political economies of online, digital and social media • Anticapitalist, Socialist, Anarchist and Communist cultures • Racial capitalism • Critical theory, Cultural Marxism and Cultural Studies The conference also accepts papers that fall within the general disciplinary area of Cultural Studies. We are also happy to accept submissions for pre-formed panels: if you wish to submit as part of a pre-formed panel, please indicate this in your submission. In addition, to the regular conference events, we will also be holding a pre-fix day for postgraduate students and early career researchers. More details regarding this event will be announced shortly. Early bird registration costs for the event will be $350 NZD for faculty and fully waged participants, and $250 NZD for students, adjunct faculty and unwaged participants. Registration will include membership of the CSAA. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address and affiliation to by August 1 2017. Any other enquires regarding the event should also be addressed to Organising Committee: Nicholas Holm (Massey University), Sy Taffel (Massey University), Holly Randell-Moon (University of Otago), Pansy Duncan (Massey University), Ian Huffer (Massey University), Kevin Veale (Massey University).
Posted Thursday, June 1, 2017
Paul McDonald wrote on the Interest Groups: Media Industy Studies wall: Publication: Media Industries vol. 4 no. 1 Dear All Media Industries is pleased to announce the publication of its latest issue (Vol. 4, No. 1). This issue marks a number of milestones for the journal, including the launch of our new website and partnership with Michigan Publishing. This issue features submissions from Hong Kong, Poland, and North America, and covers topics as diverse as failed technology companies and art cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. It also includes a special section on Media Industries and Engagement. About Vol. 4., No. 1 Featured Articles • Fail Fast: The Value of Studying Unsuccessful Technology Companies – Nora Draper • Zimuzu and Media Industry in China – Darrell William Davis and Emilie Yueh-Yu Yeh • Artist and Repertoire Goes Online: Evidence from Poland – Patryk Galuszka and Katarzyna M. Wyrzykowska • Donald Rugoff, Cinema V, and Commercial Strategies of 1960s–1970s Art Cinema – Justin Wyatt Special Section: Media Industries and Engagement • Introduction – Annette Hill and Jeanette Steemers • Reality TV Engagement: Producer and Audience Relations for Reality Talent Shows – Annette Hill • Industry Engagement with Policy on Public Service Television for Children: BBC Charter Review and the Public Service Content Fund – Jeanette Steemers • Media Industries and Engagement: A Dialogue across Industry and Academia – Julie Donovan, Annette Hill, Jane Roscoe, Jeanette Steemers, and Doug Wood • Afterword: Reflections on Media Engagement – John Corner Michigan Publishing Late last year Media Industries moved its online presence to an open-access platform hosted by Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor. Hosting more than 30 open access journals, Michigan Publishing shares our commitment to making cutting edge research easily discoverable, accessible, and shareable with readers around the world. Michigan Publishing’s platform connects with more than two million readers per year, which we expect will help expand and strengthen the journal’s readership in the years to come. Call for Papers Media Industries accepts open call submissions on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to submit your research for our next peer-reviewed issue. Submissions can address the full spectrum of media industries, including film, television, internet, radio, music, publishing, gaming, advertising, and mobile communications, and query a range of industry-related concerns and processes, such as production, distribution, infrastructure, policy, exhibition, and retailing. Contemporary or historical studies may explore industries individually or examine relations between industrial sectors, employing qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies. We expect contributions to adopt a critical, rather than instrumental, perspective and engage with relevant media industries literature. We are especially interested in contributions that draw attention to global and international perspectives, and use innovative methodologies, imaginative theoretical approaches, and new research directions. We encourage authors to employ the online format creatively by incorporating audiovisual materials and hyperlinks within their articles. About Media Industries The journal is maintained by a managing Editorial Collective and Editorial Board comprised of an international group of media industries scholars. Editorial and administrative responsibilities are shared amongst faculty members at the following institutions: The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Georgia State University; King’s College London; Queensland University of Technology; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Stockholm University; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Nottingham; and University of Texas at Austin. Media Industries Vol. 4, No. 1 was edited by Editorial Collective members Amelia Arsenault at Georgia State University and Alisa Perren at The University of Texas at Austin. Annette Hill at Lund University and Jeanette Steemers at King’s College London provided editorial oversight for the special section with assistance from institutional members of the journal’s editorial collective. Paul McDonald at King’s College London and Elizabeth Evans at the University of Nottingham served as the editorial liaisons between Media Industries and the special section’s external editors. For additional information about Media Industries, please visit: Website: Email: Facebook: Twitter: Sincerely, the Media Industries Editorial Collective Amelia Arsenault, Christian Christensen, Stuart Cunningham, Michael Curtin, Elizabeth Evans, Terry Flew, Anthony Fung, Jennifer Holt, Ramon Lobato, Paul McDonald, Brian McNair, Ross Melnick, Alisa Perren, Kevin Sanson, Jeanette Steemers, Julian Thomas, and Patrick Vonderau.
Posted Friday, May 26, 2017
Amanda D. Lotz wrote on the Interest Groups: Media Industy Studies wall: ALGORITHMS, AUTOMATION, AND NEWS: Capabilities, cases, and consequences CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference, special issue & edited book * Conference in Munich, Germany — May 22–23, 2018 * Select papers published in special issue of Digital Journalism & proposed edited volume CONFERENCE BENEFITS: * Free hotel accommodation for presenters * Travel stipends available for presenters * No conference fee * Precedes the 2018 ICA convention in nearby Prague ORGANIZERS & EDITORS: * Neil Thurman, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich * Seth C. Lewis, University of Oregon * With the assistance of Dr Jessica Kunert, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich KEYNOTE SPEAKER: * Philip M. Napoli, Duke University CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: * C.W. Anderson, College of Staten Island & University of Leeds * Natali Helberger, University of Amsterdam * Nicholas Diakopoulos, University of Maryland CALL FOR PAPERS: We live in a world increasingly influenced by algorithms and automation. The ubiquity of computing in contemporary culture has resulted in human decision-making being augmented, and even partially replaced, by computational processes. Such augmentation and substitution is already common, and even predominates, in some industries. This trend is now spreading rapidly to the fourth estate—our news media. Algorithms and automation are increasingly implicated in many aspects of news production, distribution, and consumption. For example, algorithms are being used to filter the enormous quantities of content published on social media platforms, picking out what is potentially newsworthy and alerting journalists to its existence (Thurman et al., 2016). Meanwhile, automated journalism—the transforming of structured data on such things as sports results and financial earnings reports into narrative news texts with little to no human intervention aside from the original programming (Carlson, 2015)—grows apace. What began some years ago as small-scale experiments in machine-written news has, amid the development of big data broadly, become a global phenomenon, involving technology providers from the U.S. to Germany to China developing algorithms to deliver automated news in multiple languages (Dörr, 2016). And, algorithms are being used in new ways to distribute and package news content, both enabling consumers to request more of what they like and less of what they don’t and also making decisions on consumers’ behalf based on their behavioral traits, social networks, and personal characteristics (Groot Kormelink and Costera Meijer, 2014). Altogether, these developments raise questions about the social role of journalism as a longstanding facilitator of public knowledge. What are the implications for human labor and journalistic authority? for concerns around news quality, transparency, and accountability? for notions of who (or what) does journalism? for how news moves among various publics (or not)? Ultimately, what happens when editorial functions once performed by journalists are increasingly assumed by new sets of actors situated at the intersection of human and machine? Ultimately, what do algorithms and automation mean for journalism—its people, purposes, and processes; its norms, ethics, and values; its relationship with audiences and public life; and its obligations toward data management and user privacy? This three-part call—conference, special issue, and book project—takes up these and other questions by bringing together the latest scholarly research on algorithms, automation, and news. In particular, it seeks to organize research on capabilities, cases, and consequences associated with these technologies: explorations of the possibilities and perils, of theory and practice, and of comparative perspectives according to various sites and levels of analysis. Ultimately, we aim for research that provides a future orientation while grounded in appropriate historical context, contemporary empirical research, and rigorous conceptual development. By some accounts, the promise of algorithms and automation is that news may be faster and more personalized, that websites and apps may be more engaging, and even that quality journalism may be better funded, to the benefit of all. However, there are also concerns, including anxieties around: * the hidden biases built into bots deciding what’s newsworthy, * the ‘popularism’ that tracking trends inevitably promotes, * how misplaced trust in algorithmic agency might blunt journalists’ critical faculties, and * the privacy of data collected on individuals for the purposes of newsgathering and distribution. Moreover, as more news is templated or data-driven, there is unease about issues such as: * who and what gets reported, * the ethics of authorship and accountability, * the legal issues of libel by algorithm, * the availability of opportunities for professional development, training, and education, and * the continuity of fact-checking and analysis, among others. And, as more news is explicitly or implicitly personalized, there is disquiet about: * whether we will retreat into our own private information worlds, ‘protected’ from new, challenging and stimulating viewpoints, * the algorithmically oriented spread of ‘fake news’ within such filter bubbles, * the boundaries between editorial and advertising content, and * the transparency and accountability of the decisions made about what we get to read and watch. Through the conference, and the special issue and book to follow, we seek to facilitate conversation around these and related issues across a variety of academic fields, including computer science, information science, computational linguistics, media informatics, law and public policy, science and technology studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and design, in addition to communication, media and journalism studies. We welcome articles drawing on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, with a preference for empirically driven and/or conceptually rich accounts. These papers might touch on a range of themes, including but not limited to the issues outlined above. Inquiries about this call are encouraged and should be directed to TIMELINE: * July 15, 2017: abstract submission deadline. Abstracts should be 500-1,000 words (not including references) and sent to Also include a 100-word biography of each author and 6-8 keywords * Mid-August 2017: decisions on abstracts * February 15, 2018: full 7,000-word papers due for initial round of feedback by conference peers * May 22–23, 2018: conference in Munich * Post-conference: peer-review and feedback process leading toward publication in either the special issue or edited volume ORGANISERS & SPONSORS: Conference organised by the Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and sponsored by The Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung) and The Shirley Papé Chair in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.
Posted Monday, March 20, 2017
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Amanda D. Lotz
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