CFP: Media and Transgression - International Conference

Printable version Thursday 26 November 2015 Last updated at 13:24

Department of Communication and Media
Lund University, Sweden
March 17th 2016
Organisers Annette Hill, Michael Rübsamen, Tina Askanius and Jose Luis Urueta
Transgression  is all about breaking the rules. Media and transgression is a broad  topic within which to critically examine rule breaking across cultural  industries, aesthetics, form and cross media content, and production,  participation and reception contexts. Transgression is about people’s  capacity to break the rules, to disturb and subvert political and  cultural institutions, to create and remix content, struggle over  meanings and produce new forms of political and self-expression. To that  end, transgression is about power, the power of elites and non-elites,  systemic and symbolic power, and the power of human agency within media,  society and culture.
This conference considers media and  transgression in relation to the following areas of enquiry: political  transgression, for example social movements, activism, and subversive  politics; informal media economies, including piracy policies,  discourses and practices; cross media content, form and aesthetics, such  as hybrid genres, taboo topics, mashup and remix cultures; and  transgressive roles, for example the blurred boundaries of  witness-perpetrator, producer-user, fans and anti-fans, audiences and  publics within media and society.
The research questions include:
1.  What are the various ways we can conceptualise and critically examine transgression within media, society and culture?
2.  What are the power relations at work in political and cultural transgression?
3.  How are media and cultural industries responding to informal and formal media economies?
4.  In what ways can we address the methodological and ethical challenges of researching transgression?
These  research questions can be applied to different approaches to research  on media and transgression within media, communication and cultural  studies, media history, film studies, sociology of media and culture,  political communication, anthropology, and cultural geography, amongst  others. The aim is to provide a platform for international scholars from  various disciplines to debate the complex issues at work in  understanding the theories, processes and practices of media and  transgression.
The schedule includes a combination of keynote  addresses, pre-constituted panels, and open panels. Confirmed keynote  speakers include Professor John Corner (Leeds University, UK), Professor  Joke Hermes (In Holland University, Netherlands), Professor Ernest  Mathjis (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Professor Kay  Richardson (Liverpool University, UK). Other invited speakers include  Professor Nico Carpentier (Uppsala University, Sweden), Professor  Annette Hill (Lund University, Sweden), Professor Paul McDonald (Kings  College, UK), Professor Bo Reimer (Malmö University, Sweden) and Dr Jane  Roscoe (Director of the London Film School).
Please submit an  abstract of 300 words in English by December 11th 2015 to the conference  email: For further information please  consult our website There is a registration fee of 750 SEK (80 Euros) that covers food and drink for the day and an evening buffet.



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