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CFP: The rewards of media, EASA conference, 24-27 August 2010

January 2, 2010

Call for Papers: * Media Anthropology Network workshop: The rewards of media *

11th EASA Biennial Conference: Crisis and Imagination

Maynooth (Ireland), 24-27 August 2010

Convenors:

John Postill (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
Philipp Budka (University of Vienna, Austria)

Discussant:

To be announced

Short abstract:

The workshop explores the rewards (social, economic, symbolic, sensory, etc.) derived from engaging in specific media practices in different sociocultural settings.

Long abstract:

This workshop is a sequel to the Media Anthropology Network workshop on media practices held at the EASA conference in Bristol in 2006 that led to the edited volume “Theorising Media and Practice” (Braeuchler and Postill, in press). Whilst on that occasion the aim was to explore and theorise media practices in general, this workshop will focus on a single but crucial aspect of mediated practice, namely its rewards (cf. Warde 2005). As contemporary social worlds become ever more media-saturated – particularly after the huge surge in mobile phone uptake in both rich and poor countries – questions arise about the considerable amounts of time and money that many individuals and groups appear to spend using, learning, sharing and making all kinds of media technologies (mobiles, blogs, wikis, radio, social networking sites, YouTube, etc.). Presenters may wish to address (but are not limited to) questions such as:

* What are the rewards (cultural, social, economic, symbolic, sensory, etc.) that people derive from engaging in specific media practices?

* Why do people around the globe devote scarce temporal and financial resources to certain media practices and not others?

* In keeping with the conference theme of ‘Crisis and Imagination’, how do people caught up in the global turmoil use old and new media technologies to seek or create new job opportunities, imagine future economic scenarios or perhaps ‘forget’ their financial woes?

References:

Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) (in press). Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.
Warde, A. 2005. Consumption and theories of practice, Journal of Consumer Culture 5: 131-53.

Papers should be proposed via NomadIT’s online system. Please note that this year EASA is requesting a single abstract of 150 words which will be displayed both online and in the conference book.

Submission of abstracts:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2010/panels.php5?PanelID=648

Deadline: 1 March 2010

General information on the conference:

http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2010/index.htm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either of the panel convenors.

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