Critical Political Economy of Communications – A Mid-Term Report: The
First Fifty Years and the Future
University of Westminster
Harrow Campus (tube stop: Northwick Park, Metropolitan Line)
Wed, March 26.
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If we take the late 1960s as a starting point an explicitly defined
‘critical political economy of communications’ is fifty years old. How
salient today are the core concerns that shaped this tradition? What are
the emergent themes in contemporary critical media studies? Jonathan
Hardy will discuss his book-length review of critical political
economists’ work (Hardy, Jonathan. Critical Political Economy of Media:
An Introduction. London: Routledge.), and reflect on what their
approaches can offer for contemporary investigations into the problems
of the media.
Dr Jonathan Hardy is Reader in Media Studies at the University of East
London and teaches political economy of media at Goldsmiths College,
London. He is the author of Critical Political Economy of Media: An
Introduction (Routledge, forthcoming; Cross-Media Promotion (Peter Lang,
2010), Western Media Systems (Routledge, 2008) and writes on media,
marketing communications, regulation and policy. He is Secretary of the
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, a UK media reform group.