Media Politics - Political Media

Media Politics - Political Media

Prague, Czech Republic, 20.-22. June 2013

The NECS 2013 Conference

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Media Politics ‒ Political Media

Prague, Czech Republic

20-22 June 2013

Hosted by Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague

Keynote speakers: Georgina Born (University of Oxford), Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin), and Jonathan Beller (Pratt Institute, New York).

Film, Media and Cultural Studies have been struggling to respond to the increasing politicization of audiovisual media prompted by recent developments in globalization, conglomeration, digitization, copyright law, censorship, corruption, activism, and ecology. It is perhaps fitting then that the next NECS conference – focusing on “Media Politics ‒ Political Media” – takes place in the Czech capital of Prague, a city lying at the heart of a region characterized by countless regime changes and oft-redrawn borders.

In light of significant changes to the media landscape, it is imperative that, as media scholars and practitioners, we ask how we might best understand the full range of ways in which media operates politically, and how we may respond to what Toby Miller described as “the irrelevance of screen studies to both popular and policy-driven discussion of films”. The goals of the NECS Conference of 2013 are threefold: to re-evaluate the political character of media histories, texts, experiences, communities, and institutions; to illuminate the political underpinnings of media theories; and to shed light on the ways in which media might function as a political tool for hegemonistic, oppressive, illegal or unethical activities and critical or counter-cultural responses to them.

Topics include:

  1. Political Aesthetics: the politics of perception and aesthetic experience, politics in film, politics of the text, taste and distinction, body politics, pleasure, the gaze, politics of sound, authorship, the canon, New Waves, realism, reflexivity, avant-garde.
  2. Political Theory: media and democracy, populism, violence, ideology, utopia, governmentality, class, ethnicity, age, subjectivity, identity, privacy, the micropolitics of production and consumption communities, political philosophy through film.
  3. Political Economy: media markets, the public-sphere, citizenry, popularity, ownership, (de)regulation, cultural policy, conglomeration, globalization, convergence/divergence, media capital, creative labour, intellectual property, (self)-exploitation, art-money.
  4. Political History: media and the state, the nation and nationalism, political parties and regimes, political communications, (post-)fordism, (post-)colonialism, (cold-)war, propaganda, neo-liberalism, digitization, the politics of memory, exile.
  5. Politics of Engagement: alternative modes of production and distribution, digital democracy, corruption, piracy, media activism, “produsers”, militant media, open source, file-sharing, remixing, mash-ups, media ecology.

Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Travel information as well as a list of affordable hotels and other accommodations has been posted on the NECS website in the spring of 2013.

For the conference organizers:

The NECS Conference Committee
Melis Behlil, Sofia Bull, Aurore Fossard, Paulo Granja, Daniel Kulle, Petr Szczepanik    

The Local Organization
Petr Szczepanik, Tereza Dvořáková, Kateřina Svatoňová, Petr Bilík, Lucie Česálková, Ivan Klimeš, Petra Hanáková, Adéla Kokešová, Daniela Paulová, Alexandra Hroncová, Šimon Bauer

The NECS Steering Committee
Melis Behlil, Sophie Einwächter, Jaap Kooijman, Tarja Laine, Trond Lundemo, Patricia Pisters, Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Malin Wahlberg

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