Archive for October, 2007

ccc feedback seminar, ‘epistemology of media sociology’, stonbely

October 20, 2007

thursday october 25th, 08:00-10:00pm (after daniel dayan’s lecture), at the new school for social research, room 907b, 79 fifth avenue, ccc is hosting its monthly feedback seminar.

last time, seven graduate students from four universities showed up, and the discussion was very fruitful. and there is always room for more–so bring your physical body and your (academic, preferably) issues to the table. there will be drinks afterwards, for those so inclined.

the main presenter will be sarah stonbely (culture & communications, nyu), who will present work in progress under the title ‘epistemology of media sociology’–see abstract below.

abstract: what qualifies as sociology of media research? what is the intellectual history of this subfield? what are its foci, and its methods? what should media sociology research strive to be? barbie zelizer says of the sociology of journalism – and i think it applies just as well to sociology of media – that it emphasizes people, “with an eye both to the patterns by which they group themselves into organizational and institutional settings and to the surrounding structures, functions, and effects through which they work.” i further propose that media sociology research deals primarily with media that reaches some group of people (either mass or niche) and that the theory and methods used have to be sociological, meaning media must be understood in conjunction with social interactions. this discussion will outline the parameters of the field of media sociology. the intellectual exercise of codifying a field of research has its aims in a clearer understanding of what qualifies as media sociology research, which theories and methods are most appropriate, and which areas need further exploration.

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information r/evolution

October 19, 2007

this little video (if i can be so crude) about information and ontology is cute. courtesey michael wesch of kansas state university who previously scored this hit. almost 3.6 million views so far–not bad for an academic, not bad at all.

sociology of media lectures at the new school (dayan, brown, thompson)

October 18, 2007

the new school sociology of media lecture series will kick off next week with a lecture by visiting professor daniel dayan (institut d’etudes politiques de paris). the title is ‘the beijing olympics and the global media event’. coming from the co-author of ‘media events’, that sure sounds interesting. the lecture will take place in room d1009, in the 79 fifth avenue building, 06:00pm-? on thursday october 25th.

— two more events are forthcoming —

a lecture by lisa brown (university of kwazulu-natal, durban, south africa) on ‘the joy of suffering: nietzsche, theodicy and women’s bodies’ (wolff conference room, 65 fifth avenue, 06:00pm, thursday, november 8th)

and a lecture by john b. thompson (university of cambridge, uk) on ‘books in the digital age’ (wolff conference room, 65 fifth avenue, 06:00pm, thursday, november 29th). check out his book by the same title here.

keller easterling at columbia

October 15, 2007

tuesday october 16, keller easterling (architecture, yale) will
present at the communications colloquium at columbia on the basis of her fascinating book ‘enduring innocence’. it is 12:15pm-02:00pm in room 601c in the journalism school.

network critique

October 7, 2007

the communications colloquium at columbia is hosting a mini-symposium on ‘network critique’ tuesday october 9, 12:00-02:00pm in room 601c in the journalism building at columbia university, the main campus. the main speakers will be ulises mejias (suny oswego) and warren sack (uc santa cruz). frank moretti (columbia university) will moderate the event. we are all thrilled to have them.