MediaCom Seminar Series
Seminar Series, Autumn 2013
All seminars will take place between 4 - 5.30pm in the Seminar Room at Bankfield House, 132 New Walk, University of Leicester.
4 December: 'The Class Politics of Hyperbole on Geordie Shore', Professor Helen Wood, University of Leicester. Read the full abstract here.
Geordie Shore has received attention for the shocking antics of its cast members as they party and have casual sex for the MTV reality show. This paper considers the performance of the young working-class participants from Newcastle, a post-industrial northern British city, against the backdrop of high youth unemployment. Whilst their dubious contracts with MTV mean that their income is mostly generated through publicity appearances outside of the show, this paper considers how new labour relations of performance produce exaggeration and hyperbole where claiming visibility is one of the few routes to value.
Upcoming Seminars, further details to follow
29 January, 2014: Dr Scott Davidson, University of Leicester
26 February: Prof Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, University of Cardiff
5 March: Professor Nick Couldry, London School of Economics
30 April: Dr Panayiota Tsatsou, University of Leicester
20 November: 'The Politics of New Labour’s Cultural Policies', Professor Kate Oakley, University of Leeds
This paper (read the abstract here) assesses the cultural policies of 'New Labour', the UK Labour government of 1997 to 2010. It takes neo-liberalism as its starting point, asking to what extent Labour's cultural policies can be validly and usefully characterised as neoliberal. Using examples such as NESTA, museums policy and regional creative industries, it argues that neo-liberalism is a significant but rather crude tool for evaluating and explaining New Labour's cultural policies.
9 October: 'The Currency of Goffman', Professor Espen Ytreberg
This talk (see abstract here) charts the development of Erving Goffman's dramaturgical approach and the societal contexts that have made it salient, from 1960s white collar society and counterculture to today's cultures of person branding, corporate performance and generalised surveillance. It discusses some of the ways Goffman's concepts have been recontextualised and bent for the purposes of explaining broadcast and digital media performances. The talk builds on Peter Lunt and Espen Ytreberg's ongoing book project, Goffman and the Media, for Polity Press.
You can view details of earlier MediaCom Seminars here.