Archive for November, 2007

ccc feedback seminar, ‘the public sphere as a normative concept’, girard

November 26, 2007

on november 29, 08:00-10:00pm, at the graduate school of journalism, columbia university, room 107d, we will host the last ccc feedback seminar of the fall semester. charles girard (paris-1/sorbonne) will present work-in-progress on ‘the public sphere as a normative concept – from political theory to communication studies’. the abstract is below:

‘The Public Sphere as a Normative Concept – From Political Theory to Communication Studies’

 

 

Originated in social theory and political theory, the concept of the public sphere has become over the past forty years one of the most important conceptual references in communication studies. Inspired by the seminal work of Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, but also by some of his critics (for instance Nancy Fraser or Craig Calhoun), contemporary media research has turned the reference to the concept of the public sphere into one of its defining and legitimizing theoretical routines. However, uses of this concept in contemporary media research are characterized by a recurring ambiguity. Used as a normative concept, the public sphere refers to the set of ideal conditions that characterizes democratic public debate and satisfies demanding standards of transparency, rationality and inclusion. In that first sense, the public sphere is an ideal by comparison with which one can assess the deliberative value of actual media conversations. Nonetheless, used as a positive concept, the public sphere refers to all forms of communication taking place in a public setting, to all actual interactions happening outside of the private realm. In that second sense, the public sphere is a “space” that actually exists and can be described as well as explained. It is not an ideal and it is most of the time considered to be far from ideal. This presentation will outline the risks inherent to an undifferentiated use of these two very different conceptions of the public sphere. By studying the evolution of this notion from political philosophy to communication studies in the past forty years, I will emphasize the need to clearly distinguish between a positive concept and a normative concept of the public sphere and I will point out the theoretical difficulties inherent to this much needed separation.

web 2.0 seminar at the columbia business school

November 26, 2007

tuesday november 27, 12:30-, 327 uris hall, the columbia business school will host a presentation on web 2.0 by mikolaj jan piskorski of the harvard business school. see more here.

communications colloquium, columbia, nov 20

November 19, 2007

mattias hesserud (history, uppsala) will present work in progress on political scandals at the columbia communications colloquium, tuesday nov 20, 12.15pm-02.00pm, room 601c in the journalism school at the columbia campus. come join!

reputation economies, symposium at yale, december 8

November 13, 2007

far, far away, in new haven, the yale law school’s information society project will be hosting a symposium on reputation economies–it is all day, december 8. there is a whole lot of fascinating presentations in the offering, and many interesting speakers–check it out here.

changing media landscape at columbia, nov 13

November 12, 2007

november 13, 07:00-09:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the journalism school at columbia, 2950 broadway at 116th street, there will be a panel discussion on the changing media landscape, with professionals who will discuss the current states of the news industry. panelists include josh cohen (business product manager, google news), jon dube (director, digital programming, cbc), andrew lih, and michael rogers (resident futurist, ny times).

robert w. mcchesney at nyu, nov 13

November 9, 2007

tuesday, november 13, 07:00pm-09:00pm, nyu’s media, culture and communications program will host robert w. mcchesney, academic, activist, and radio host of considerable fame and notority–the event will take place at the glucksman ireland house
(one washington mews — the entrance is on fifth avenue between 8th street and washington square north, just a few doors north of the arch in washington square park.)

more info here, where you can also rsvp.

ccc feedback seminar, ‘the public sphere as a normative concept’, girard

November 6, 2007

on november 29, 08:00-10:00pm, at the graduate school of journalism, columbia university, room 107d, we will host the last ccc feedback seminar of the fall semester. charles girard (paris-1/sorbonne) will present work-in-progress on ‘the public sphere as a normative concept – from political theory to communication studies’. the abstract is below:

‘The Public Sphere as a Normative Concept – From Political Theory to Communication Studies’

 

 

Originated in social theory and political theory, the concept of the public sphere has become over the past forty years one of the most important conceptual references in communication studies. Inspired by the seminal work of Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, but also by some of his critics (for instance Nancy Fraser or Craig Calhoun), contemporary media research has turned the reference to the concept of the public sphere into one of its defining and legitimizing theoretical routines. However, uses of this concept in contemporary media research are characterized by a recurring ambiguity. Used as a normative concept, the public sphere refers to the set of ideal conditions that characterizes democratic public debate and satisfies demanding standards of transparency, rationality and inclusion. In that first sense, the public sphere is an ideal by comparison with which one can assess the deliberative value of actual media conversations. Nonetheless, used as a positive concept, the public sphere refers to all forms of communication taking place in a public setting, to all actual interactions happening outside of the private realm. In that second sense, the public sphere is a “space” that actually exists and can be described as well as explained. It is not an ideal and it is most of the time considered to be far from ideal. This presentation will outline the risks inherent to an undifferentiated use of these two very different conceptions of the public sphere. By studying the evolution of this notion from political philosophy to communication studies in the past forty years, I will emphasize the need to clearly distinguish between a positive concept and a normative concept of the public sphere and I will point out the theoretical difficulties inherent to this much needed separation.

media sociology forum at nyu

November 1, 2007

nyu is hosting a media sociology forum friday november 2, 11:00am-06:30pm (including the reception, which will be nothing short of lavish, i trust). the location is 295 lafayette st, 4th floor, room 4156 (in the nyu sociology department).

organized by graduate students, including several ccc participants, it will feature two panels of graduate student presentations, and a round table discussion about research methods with john b. thompson, herbert gans, and rodney benson–quite a stellar line-up. am looking forward to it.