Call: RN18 Panel “Critical Media Sociology Today”
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
August 25-28, 2015. Prague
Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 1
Call text: http://fuchs.uti.at/1338/
Critical Media Sociology Today
We live in times of ongoing crisis, the extension and intensification of
inequalities concerning class, gender, and race, a return of the
importance of the economy and political economy, a lack of imaginations
of alternatives to neo-liberalism and capitalism, an intensification of
right-wing extremism and fascism all over Europe, a lack of visions and
power of the political Left, an intensification and extension of
extremely repressive forms of state power such as communications
surveillance conducted by secret services, ideological scapegoating
conducted by conservative and far-right parties, and law and
order-politics. Left-wing movements and parties have in some countries
emerged or been strengthened, but the crisis has overall brought a
further political shift towards the right and an intensification of
capitalism and inequality.
We today require politically a renewal of the Left. For critical media
sociology this means that it needs to ask questions, theorise, and
conduct critical analysis of media and communications in the context of
capitalism, class, ideologies, racism, fascism, right-wing extremism,
gender, state power, activism and social movements, challenges for
public service, media reforms, crisis, globalisation, the rise of China,
digitalisation, consumer and advertising culture,
information/cultural/media work, digital labour, the new international
division of cultural and digital labour, warfare and military conflicts,
the new imperialism, financialisation, etc.
ESA RN 18 calls for contributions that shed new light on questions that
Critical Media Sociology needs to ask today and on theoretical and
analytical insights that help to shape Critical Media Sociology in the
RN18’s panel at the ESA 2014 Prague Conference “Differences,
Inequalities Sociological Imagination” and its contributions are
organised in the form of specific session topics.
ESA RN18 calls for contributions to the following sessions:
RN18_1: Critical Media Sociology and Karl Marx Today:
What is the role and legacy of Karl Marx’s works and Marxist theory for
critical media sociology today?
RN18_2: Critical Media Sociology and Capitalism Today:
How does capitalism shape media and communications today?
RN18_3: Critical Media Sociology and Critical Theory Today:
What is a critical theory of 21st century society? What role do
communication, media and culture play in such a theory?
RN18_4: Critical Media Sociology and Stuart Hall Today:
How do Stuart Hall’s works, projects, and collaborations matter for
critical media sociology today?
RN18_5: Critical Media Sociology and Cultural Materialism Today:
How does Raymond Williams’ approach of cultural materialism matter today
for understanding the sociology of media and communications?
RN18_6: Critical Media Sociology, Patriarchy and Gender Today:
What is the role of and relationship of identity politics and
anti-capitalism for feminist media sociology today?
RN18_7: Critical Media Sociology and the Critique of the Political
Economy of the Internet and Social Media:
How does capitalism shape the Internet and social media?
RN18_8: Critical Media Sociology and Ideology Critique Today:
What are the main forms of ideology today and how do they operate in the
media? Which forms and approaches of ideology critique do we need to
RN18_9: Critical Media Sociology, Right-Wing Extremism and Fascism Today:
What is the relationship of far-right movements and parties, the media
RN18_10: Critical Media Sociology and Digital Labour Today:
What forms of digital labour and digital class struggles are there and
how can they best be theorised, analysed, and understood?
RN18_11: Critical Media Sociology and the Left:
How could a 21st century Left best look like and what is the role of
media and communications for such a Left? What is the historical,
contemporary, and possible future relationship of critical media
sociology to the Left? What is the role of media, communications, the
Internet, and social media in left-wing movements? What problems do such
movements face in relation to the media, communications, the Internet,
and social media?
RN18_12: Critical Media Sociology and China:
How can critical media sociology understand the media in China and the
role of China and Chinese media in global capitalism? What are
differences and commonalities between European and Chinese media
understood with the help of critical media sociology?
RN18_13: Critical Media Sociology, Democracy and the Public Sphere Today:
How can we best theorise and understand potentials and limits for the
mediated public sphere in the 21st century?
RN18_14: Critical Media Sociology, the Commons, and the Alternatives Today:
What are the problems and post-capitalist potentials of alternative
projects such as cultural and media co-operatives, left-wing and radical
media projects, alternative social media, alternative online platforms,
alternative media, community media projects, commons-based media, peer
production projects, etc.?
RN18_15: Critical Media Sociology and State Power Today:
How does the relationship of media, communication and state power’s
various forms of regulation, control, repression, violence and
surveillance look like?
RN18_16: Critical Media Sociology, the University and Academia Today:
What are the challenges and problems for teaching and conducting
research about the media and communication from a critical perspective?
What can be done to overcome existing limits and problems?
RN18_17: Critical Media Sociology and Cultural and Communication Labour:
What are characteristics of cultural and communication labour in
capitalism today? Are there potentials that they can transcend
precarity? What is the role of alternative economic models such as
co-operatives (self-managed companies) in this respect?
RN18_18: Critical Media Sociology and Political Communication:
What is the role of political communication for a critical sociology of
Please submit only to one session. Abstracts should not exceed 250
words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally
sessions will include 4 papers. Abstracts must be submitted online to
the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be
accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation
by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the
conference software system in early April 2015.
Conference fee: http://esa12thconference.eu/fee
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