Understanding Neoliberalism, Media and the Political: An Interview with Sean Phelan

sean phelanIn this interview, Sean Phelan discusses the differences between ‘ideological’ and ‘post-ideological’ or ‘post-political’ neoliberalism, and sets out his own approach to critiquing neoliberalism, which draws on Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory and Bourdieu’s field theory. Arguing for the benefits of a comparative cross-national approach, he illustrates examples of ‘actually existing neoliberalism’ in UK, US, Ireland and New Zealand contexts. Phelan concludes the interview by suggesting potential sites of cultural politics and the possibility of a radically different kind of media and political culture.

Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/463

 

 

 

Neoliberalism, Voice and National Media Systems: An Interview with Terry Flew

terry flewIn this interview, Terry Flew discusses the continued relevance of the nation-state and national media systems in an era of globalization, and the need for cross-national comparative research in media studies. He also discusses the benefits of the concepts of ‘voice’ and ‘participation’ over ‘citizenship’ for evaluating media systems, and criticises the overblown and dismissive use of ‘neoliberalism’ as a rhetorical flourish, in favour of developing it as an analytical concept grounded in empirical evidence. Drawing on Foucault’s work on both Weber and neoliberalism, Flew argues, helps us recognise the need for comparative work on institutions and national systems of government.

Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/467

 

 

 

Media Policy, Media Reform and Media Power: An Interview with Des Freedman

des-freedman-2In this interview, Des Freedman discusses his work as an activist in the Media Reform movement, as a critic of media policy, and as a theorist of media power. Freedman explains his approach to media power as a material and relational property, distinguishing it from liberal pluralist, cultural studies and political-economic approaches. Discussing media power in the context of the recent BBC charter review process and the earlier Leveson Inquiry into the ethics of the British press, Freedman clarifies his proposal for a research focus on ‘non-decisionmaking’ in the policy field. Ultimately, he explains how guiding principles, programmes of action, and an understanding of the contradictory nature of media power are all necessary to bring about revolutionary reform.

Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/461

 

 

Interview: Media, Migration and the Borders of Fortress Europe: An Interview with David Morley

david morley‘Media, Migration and the Borders of Fortress Europe: An Interview with David Morley’

Sara Marino, Simon Dawes, David Morley

In this interview, David Morley addresses the contemporary European refugee ‘crisis’, the representation of the ‘migrant’ and the increasing securitisation of Europe’s borders in terms of a crisis in European political identity. Looking back on several of his own publications, as well as the work of those who have influenced him and his time as a student in the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Morley discusses the links between geopolitics and communications, and between the virtual and material realms, as well as the contemporary significance of mobility and re-territorialisation for understanding the causes of and responses to the current ‘crisis’. Reflecting on the imperial past and uncertain future of Europe, he argues for the need to be alert for positive political opportunities within moments of disjuncture and crisis, and for an emphasis on developing new modes of everyday living.

Available open access here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/452

Just Because You Write about Posthumanism Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t a Liberal Humanist: An Interview with Gary Hall

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Just Because You Write about Posthumanism Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t a Liberal Humanist: An Interview with Gary Hall

Francien Broekhuizen, Simon Dawes, Danai Mikelli, Poppy Wilde

 

Abstract

In this follow-up interview to his keynote lecture at the MeCCSA-PGN 2015 Conference in Coventry, Gary Hall discusses the processes of neoliberal subjectivation and the metricisation of the academy. Arguing that most media, communication and cultural studies critique tends to focus on the new, self-governing and self-exploitative subjects academics and students are transforming into rather than the scholarly subjectivities they are changing from, Hall maintains that both the new neoliberal model (associated with corporate social and mobile media) and the liberal humanist model (associated with conventional print-on-paper publishing) are involved in the subordination of scholarly agency and consciousness to the pre-programmed, controllable patterns of the capitalist culture industries. Taking in some of the open access initiatives with which he’s involved, the interview addresses both Hall’s account of the processes of neoliberalisation and his experiments with radically different ways of working and thinking as a media theorist and philosopher.

http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/422

 

Transformative Images, Temporality and Infra-structures of Feeling: An Interview with Rebecca Coleman

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Transformative Images, Temporality and Infra-structures of Feeling: An Interview with Rebecca Coleman

Francien Broekhuizen, Simon Dawes, Danai Mikelli, Poppy Wilde

 

Abstract

In this follow-up interview to her keynote lecture at the MeCCSA-PGN 2015 Conference in Coventry, Rebecca Coleman discusses the affective relations between bodies, images and environments. Coleman offers an overview of her work on images and the body, as well as her interest in theorising the present and the future, and explains her engagement with feminism, new materialism and Deleuze, in particular. To understand how bodies ‘become’, she argues for the need to understand both process, transformation and change, and what stays, sticks or gets stopped.

http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/421

 

Haunted Data, Post-Publication Peer-Review and Body Studies: An Interview with Lisa Blackman

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Haunted Data, Post-Publication Peer-Review and Body Studies: An Interview with Lisa Blackman

Francien Broekhuizen, Simon Dawes, Danai Mikelli, Poppy Wilde

 

Abstract

In this follow-up interview to her keynote lecture at the MeCCSA-PGN 2015 Conference in Coventry, Lisa Blackman discusses her work on affect and the body, as well as her new book Haunted Data, which explores the creative and critical challenges of computational cultures for theories of affect and mediation, and the potential of PPPR (post-publication peer-review) to provide a corpus of data that be re-moved (Rheinberger) and performed for its hauntological potential. Working with the concept of ‘haunted data’ to follow those traces, deferrals, absences, gaps and their movements within a particular corpus of data, and to re-move and keep alive what becomes submerged or hidden by particular regimes of visibility and remembering, Blackman illustrates how these movements are simultaneously technical, affective, historical, social, political and ethical.

http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/article/view/420