Media, Communication and the Spectacle

Конференция в Нидерландах, организуемая ECREA и ERMeCC / Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture по исследованиям новых медиа, коммуникации в контексте концепта спектакля, в его широком понимании в культуре, журналистике, медиа-исследованиях.

Media, Communication and the Spectacle
Rotterdam, 26–27 November 2009 
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Viewing the notion of the spectacle in broad terms, this colloquium seeks to bring together scholarly work from academic fields such as democracy and (new) media, as well as journalism and film studies. The spectacle provides a powerful concept able to initiate a new «wind» in media and communication studies. It relates to theories on 'hyperreality', the 'gaze', 'performance' and the 'scopic' as well as to theories on active popular media consumption, the social meanings and impacts of communication, representation, and the relationship between media and culture, even extending to media and cultural policies. The cultural, economic, technological, social, and political conditions underpinning the society of the spectacle provide insights into the study and analysis of media production, representation and reception. This colloquium aims to provide a broad overview of recent theories and empirical work engaging with the phenomenon of the spectacle by focussing on media and communication in relation to film studies, gender and democracy. This conference is intended to discuss a diversity of perspectives and reflections on the media as a spectacle from a wide range of approaches. We invite paper and panel proposals related to the central theme of the conference, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • The notion of society of the spectacle.
  • Culture as spectacle in the media.
  • The use of performance and spectacle by protest movements, creating or being part of media events
  • Infotainment as spectacle
  • Hollywood and spectacular images: blockbusters, CGI, etc.
  • Consuming the spectacle: historical and contemporary practices of cinema going.
  • Behind the screens of the spectacle: the political economy of cultural industries
  • Screening the (un)spectacular? World cinemas and/as alternative screen cultures
  • Fandom, cult media/film and performative consumption
  • Youtube and citizens' spectacularised self-presentation
  • The hyperreality of the spectacle of 'truth' (linked to information, news, representations, visual culture as such, etc.).
  • The materiality of information production as commodity fetishism (commodities become images and the other way around).
  • Private/public debate and the spectacle of bodies, gendered bodies, politics, etc.
  • The imaginary and media performativity.
  • Vision and Voyeurism: The Politics of Surveillance Post-9/11

Organised by ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture) and ECREA's Gender and Communication section, Communication and Democracy section, Film Studies section and the Young Scholars' Network. See URL:

Proposals: abstracts of max. 400 words can be submitted via e-mail to: #. Abstracts may be submitted as attachment in word,.rtf or.txt format or embedded in the body of the email. Please make sure to include the name of the author (s), affiliation, contact address, and email. Young scholars are also encouraged to apply. When submitting your abstract, please indicate to which section you are submitting: Gender and Communication, Communication and Democracy, or Film Studies. Deadline for sending in the paper abstract is 1 May 2009. Notification of selection will be no later than 15 June 2009.

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