The Management Committee met on Wednesday 27 April. Attending were Graeme Turner, chair, Elspeth Probyn, Chris Gibson, Chris Healy, and John Gunders, secretary. Mick Broderick was unable to attend, being on study leave in the UK.
Both Graeme and John talked about the seeming slowness in setting up Network activities, and pointed out that this was largely due to the delay with the Network Agreement. A benefit of this however, is that it has allowed us to set up the central systems and processes with more consideration. Ways of adding value to the Network website were considered.
The meeting discussed ways of appropriately running the seminar on cultural geography and anthropology to be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Graeme stated his intention to travel to the various nodes and centres to talk to participants and postgraduates during the year.
The meeting talked about processes for the addition and retiring of participants. It was suggested that applications for membership should be tied to a specific existing or proposed project, and must be sponsored by those people already working on the project. Such applications would be subject to the approval of Management Committee, and ratification at the Network Annual Meeting, as would applications to opt-out of the Network. Processes for the removal of participants will be discussed at the Annual Meeting.
The role of postgraduate participants was also discussed. It was pointed out that such members have privileged access to Network events, and also a consultative role in driving the agenda of the Network, and the ECR-PG node in particular. While postgraduate events, such as the travelling masterclasses would not be exclusively for postgraduate participants, these members would form the basis of the group of invitees.
Two formal proposals from node convenors were discussed and approved: Liz Jacka’s (Cultural Histories) proposal to set up a National Television History group, and the establishment of a register of television history researchers; and Sue Luckman and Fran Martin’s (ECR & Postgrad Development) proposal for a professional development day before the CSAA conference in November, and a travelling masterclass.
Management Committee will meet again in August, and then again just before the Annual Meeting in September.
Proposal for inter-node workshop
Chris Gibson, Stuart Cunningham, and Christy Collis would like to receive feedback on the following proposal for a two-day workshop. If you have any questions or comments, please reply to Chris directly: ChrisG@fbe.unsw.edu.au
Creative Articulations: A Two-Day CRN Workshop co-hosted by the Cultural Technologies and Cultural Geographies Nodes
Proposed date: Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September or Saturday 31 Sept and Sunday 1 October (the two days before or after the CRN annual network meeting at UQ: a good opportunity to assemble network members while they are in town)
Proposed venue: QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
Day One: Creative Articulations Round Table
The key question that this round table seeks to address is: what are the methodological challenges that we face when we work to combine cultural and media studies and economic and cultural geographies? This question will be focussed through a consideration of the increasingly important project of mapping the development of ‘creative places’ and creative segments of the economy. As this interdisciplinary research field grows in size and momentum, its methodologies are increasingly topics of debate and discussion. What are the emerging norms of creative place analysis, and what are their limitations? How can quantitative and qualitative analyses be combined meaningfully to produce accounts of specific creative places or creative segments? Richard Florida’s work has raised the level of interest and activity in creative places mapping and indexing projects; what questions and issues have been generated in response to his methods and strategies? This one-day round table brings together a productively diverse range of researchers to discuss the theoretical and practical possibilities for the development of interdisciplinary methods for accounting for creative places. Rather than using the traditional conference model, this workshop will run as a focussed round table: invited participants (from the cultural geographies and cultural technologies nodes) will be asked to prepare answers to four or five key questions; their responses to these questions will be the material of the event. Participants will also be given reading packs before the event in order to trigger focussed discussion. Possibilities for the questions are as follows:
Day Two: Articulating Creativities Symposium and Showcase
The second day of the event shifts from articulating methodologies for analysing and planning for creativities, to consumer-driven creative articulations, particularly in TV.
Television is changing. New technologies allow programming to be delivered independent of the broadcast stream. DVD publishing drives a resale of content out of the broadcast market, reinvigorating old programming and sometimes giving recently deceased programs a new lease on life. Access to the digital spectrum offers more bandwidth for broadcasting, opening the potential for multi-casting, greater interactivity and new broadcasting modes. These developments are indicative of a shift in the composition of television as a service, a product and an activity. “Television” may no longer evoke a broadcasting relationship, positioning viewers at the mercy of networks and mass audience economics. Audiences can access content independently of the networks, an activity challenging established business models and legal understandings of content usage. Technologies providing easier compression and distribution of video content enable alternative, independent ‘broadcast’ networks to open up. Similarly, “television” no longer signifies essentially disposable content, designed for transmission. Official and unofficial, legal and illegal methods promote collecting and archiving content. Audience behaviour has shifted towards access, production and distribution activities; television “users” now make up a greater percentage of the audience of television “viewers”. This symposium explores the emerging shape of new television. It examines the shifting industrial structure of broadcasting, the new opportunities offered to both broadcasters and audiences to produce, distribute and access content. It considers the application, regulation and possibilities offered by P2P networks and BitTorrent file, looking at the potentials these technologies offer incumbent broadcasters, content owners, audience members and independent producers.
This debate seems to pursue two strands. One is about the changes to the industry and one is about participatory media and the new potentials for vernacular and ‘user’ creativity. For want of better terms at the moment we’ll call them the “industry strand” and the “participatory culture strand,” although there is much cross-over between the two. A preliminary list of potential participants includes:
The second component of this day involves a Showcase which highlights some of the emerging technologies under discussion at the symposium:
Special issue of MIA, or a publication through QUT’s ACID Press
Discourse Theory Summer School
The Third Annual Discourse Theory Summer School will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand between 21 November and 9 December 2005.
This summer school will provide an advanced learning forum for academic staff, postgraduates, researchers in the public and private sectors, and practitioners interested in the theory and practice of discourse. The school will draw upon phenomenology, post-analytic philosophy, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis.
The three one-week courses are independent of each other, so you are invited to enrol in any combination:
Week 1 Introduction to Discourse Theory (21-25 Nov), Dr Alejandro Groppo, Universidad Nacional de Villa Maria & Universidad Católica, de Cordoba, Argentina
Week 2 Psychoanalysis & Discourse Theory (28 Nov-2 Dec), Dr Yannis Stavrakakis, Essex University, England
Week 3 Critical Theory & Discourse Theory (5-9 Dec), Dr Mark Devenney, Brighton University, England
For more details, including course outlines, cost & online enrolment, go to: http://www.vuw.ac.nz/conted/discoursetheory or contact:
Peter Kitchenman, Convenor,
ph. 00 64 4 463 9488