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Tomorrow great thinkers from all over the planet will descend on The New School to share their ideas, passions and opinions about the state of Media Studies today. The panels have been finalized and you can start planning which presentations to attend. Please look under the sessions tab to find more information about our panels and presentations taking place on Saturday.
Just a reminder to all that the conference is FREE and open to the public. There is no registration necessary. We understand if you want to share your attendance with the world, so we have created a facebook page so you can impress your friends with your savvy weekend plans.
The New School has been a fantastic incubator of progressive ideas for 93 years. The past year has been no exception. With Occupy Wall Street establishing a new center of gravity just blocks from our campus, there has been a wide spectrum of engagement with the movement – from direct involvement at Zuccotti Park and beyond to teach-ins to scholarly commentary to classroom activity – and for a brief time, the university even housed an occupation.
In an open call in November 2011, a group of faculty members invited students to submit work exploring the implications of creating a living archive of OWS. This call resulted in a collaborative effort among faculty and students to organize an exhibition and a web archive that would encourage continued interchange at the university. While the #searchunderoccupy exhibition was housed in our very own Aronson Gallery throughout March, the website lives on as a growing online archive. The website will be showcasing artistic, academic and political work and initiatives of the whole New School community, now and in the future. In light of the topics to be discussed this weekend, it might be worth checking out: http://searchunderoccupy.org
See you tomorrow!
10:45 – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14, room 510
Faculty respondent: Ted Byfield (bio)
Tim Neff has been studying media both as a graduate student at The New School and in his day job as online producer for Timesunion.com, the website associated with the Albany Times Union newspaper in upstate New York.
Tim received his Bachelor Arts degree at the University of Oregon, with majors in journalism, philosophy and political science. His journalism career spans nearly two decades, including reporting and editing positions at newspapers in Alaska, Oregon and now in New York.
Tim’s thesis, which he intends to complete in the fall of 2012, draws upon foundational digital media theories in an examination of how news production and content are shifting in the digital realm. As part of this research, he has interviewed and observed journalists working at the Boston Globe, which has a unique dual-website model being closely watched as the news industry explores new revenue models in a an era of declining print circulation and advertising.
Tim lives near Albany with his wife, Maureen.
Welcome to the website for the 12th annual Critical Themes in Media Studies conference! The conference will be taking place April 13th and 14th, at The New School in New York City. We are pleased to be hosting two amazing keynote presenters, Jodi Dean from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Navid Hassanpour from Yale University. We are also excited to have our very own Marco Deseriis host a fascinating opening night panel discussion entitled “Occupy as Medium”! And of course no conference would be complete without our esteemed student presenters who have worked long and hard to present papers that will incite, inspire and engage all of us.
Since the initial conference in 2000, Critical Themes has grown into a leading forum for showcasing research papers from graduate students pushing the boundaries of academic research. This year the conference continues this trend as it welcomes student scholars from twenty three universities spanning four countries.
You can also follow along on twitter. We will be tweeting regular announcements from our@criticalthemes account, and any tweets to @criticalthemes or referencing the #criticalthemes hashtag will be pulled in to the sidebar at the right-hand side (as well as archived here on our site for future reference).
We are currently in the process of finalizing our panel groupings. As we do that, we will enable comments on those and we hope to spark some exciting discussions here on the site, in advance of, during, and after the actual event! As I write this, many details are still being sorted out, so please check back here for updates as they materialize.
See you at Critical Themes!
The Critical Themes Organizing Committee