media sociology forum

When: November 2, 2007, 09:00am-04:00pm
Where: 295 Lafayette (Puck Building/@Houston), 4th Floor conference room (4156A)
Keynote: John Thompson

Mass media have had a substantial impact on social life since their inception. By contributing to a shift in our relationship to time, space, others, and ourselves, media technologies and networks have played, and continue to play, important roles in the very conception of modernity and contemporary lived experience. Media sociology scholarship seeks to study media in their historical, economic, political, and social contexts. The production of media content, the effects of form on content and reception, audience studies, and organizational theory are just some of the areas that media sociologists explore.

Epistemological questions include: How does sociology, as a discipline, contribute to the study of media; to the way we conceptualize media; and to how we understand media? What is distinctive about the sociological approach in media studies? How does it differ from approaches that emphasize culture, history, economics, technology, and law, to name but a few?  Is there a “separate” sociology of media?  Can it stand alone?

The NYU/Columbia Media Sociology Forum is intended to continue to push the frontiers of this research.

[Schedule of panels to follow shortly]

contact sarah anne stonbely at for details.

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