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[liberationtech] Reminder: ESA 2013 RN18 Call: "Communication, Crisis, Critique and Change"

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Sun Jan 27 02:15:39 PST 2013

Deadline: FEBRUARY 1st

European Sociological Association
2013 Conference "Communication, Crisis and Change"
University of Torino, Italy
August 28-31, 2013

The ESA 2013 conference asks the overall questions:
What is behind the crisis? Which crisis is it? Whose critique is 
required? What changes are needed?

RN18 - Sociology of Communications and Media Research: Communication, 
Crisis, Critique and Change
Call for Abstracts

One of several semi-plenaries at the ESA 2013 conference will focus on 
"Critical Political Economy of Media and Communications in Times of 
Capitalist Crisis" and will feature Graham Murdock (Loughborough 
University) and Bob Jessop (Lancaster University) as speakers.

(click on panel titles for submission...)

ESA RN18 focuses in its conference stream on the discussion of how
crisis, critique and societal changes shape the study of media,
communication & society today. The overall questions we want to address are:

Which crises (including the financial and economic crisis of capitalism,
global wars and conflicts, ecological crisis, the crisis of democracy,
legitimation crisis, etc) are we experiencing today and how do they
influence media and communication in contemporary society?

What are the major changes of society, the media, and communication that
we are experiencing today?

What forms of political critique (political movements) and academic
critique (critical studies, critical media sociology, critical theory,
etc) are emerging today and are needed for interpreting and changing
media, communication and society?

ESA RN18 is calling for both general submissions on “Communication,
Crisis, Critique and Change” that address these questions as wellas
more specific submissions that address a number of specific session topics.


01RN18 Capitalism, Communication, Crisis & Critique Today

02RN18 Communication, Crisis and Change in Europe

03RN18 Knowledge Labour in the Media and Communication Industries in
Times of Crisis

04RN18 Critical Social Theory and the Media: Studying Media,
Communication and Society Critically

05RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research (open)

Joint Sessions

06JS18 - Critical Political Economy of the Media and Communication in
Times of Capitalist Crisis and Change
Joint session with RN06 - Critical Political Economy
Chairs: Ian Bruff & Christian Fuchs

18JS29 - Social Theory and Media Sociology Today
Joint session with RN29 - Social Theory
Chair: George Pleios and Csaba Szalo

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