Launch of Media Clusters Research Centre at Leicester

Media Cultures Launch Party

We’d like to invite you to the launch party of the Department of Media and Communication’s new research cluster in Media Cultures, which will take place on Thursday 16th June 4.00-6.30 pm at Bankfield House, University of Leicester.

Media Cultures is a new initiative that explores questions of access, opportunity, participation, development and social justice offering new insights into the role of media in our shared and contested cultural lives

There will be presentations and talks on some of our latest research and special guest speakers – with food and a drinks reception to follow; this is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend, and we especially welcome new or young researchers, or anyone keen to find out more about our work at Leicester, as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary.


Media Ruptures and Futures

Presenters: Jonathan Corpus Ong, Maria Touri (Leicester) and Margie Buchanan-Smith (Overseas Development Institute)

This presentation thinks through the potentialities of media at the moment of rupture, disaster and intervention. Organized by the cluster’s Media and Development research group, we discuss how concepts of voice, participation and conviviality apply to and are interrupted by our research in emergency and development contexts. We synthesize our previous and ongoing research on refugee arts and media, ict4d interventions for Indian farmers, and post-disaster romance in analyzing how media mend communities after rupture and reorient people’s relationships to diverse and uncertain futures.  

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New Histories of Media and Cultural Work 

While claims of contemporaneity and newness can serve to occlude the history we don’t yet know, assumptions about the past can also tie us to settled forms of critique which contain their own lacunae – so what is at stake in thinking about work now, in the future, and in the light of the past?  This panel will explore the complex histories of media and cultural work – by unravelling a few old yarns and poking some new holes in the evidential fabric…..

·         Vicki Mayer (Tulane): ‘Colonial Ambitions, Crony Capitalism, and Covert Racism: Towards New Histories of Media Entrepreneurs’

·         Jessica Bain (Leicester):  ‘Beyond the Nostalgia of ‘Make do and Mend’: Discourses of Slow Fashion and Feminism in Digital Dressmaking Communities’

·         Kylie Jarrett (NUI, Maynooth): ‘‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’: Re-Gendering the Labouring Subject’

·         Mark Banks (Leicester):  ‘The New Classes, Beatniks and Chicken Barbecues: Evidencing Histories of Cultural Work’

Chaired by Helen Wood (Leicester) 

The presentations will be followed by food and drinks reception, from 6.30pm 

To register a place, please email Jilly Boyce Kay by June 13th. All welcome.

Bankfield House is situated at 132 New Walk, Leicester – 5 minutes from Leicester railway station.  Directions can be found here

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