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[ecrea] cfp - Rethinking cultural journalism and cultural critique in digital media culture
Thu Jun 14 15:11:37 GMT 2018
Call for Papers
*Rethinking cultural journalism and cultural critique in digital media
International conference, November 22-23 2018
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
This conference engages with how journalistic authority and critical
expertise within the cultural field is being reconfigured /in/ the
digital media landscape and /by means of/ digital media, as the
boundaries of ‘cultural journalism’ and ‘cultural critique’, and who may
be labeled a ‘cultural journalist’ or a ‘cultural critic’ blur. More
specifically, the conference addresses the shifting relations between
specialists / generalists, producers / users, public / private,
objectivity / subjectivity, emotionality / rationality in cultural
journalism and cultural critique in the digital age.
Media institutional and technological developments have during the past
decades enabled advanced public participation in debates about arts and
culture. But they have also challenged established notions of cultural
authority, enlightenment and expertise and de-stabilized the position of
traditional critical institutions, such as academia and the news media,
in the cultural information and valorization circuit.
This has led to popular proclamations such as “Everyone’s a critic”,
book titles such as “What happened to arts criticism?” (Elkins 2003) and
“The Death of the Critic” (McDondald 2007), and headlines pointing to
the cutting down on art reviews and the dying art of criticism in the
news industry (e.g., The Guardian 2017, The New Yorker 2017)
A more optimistic approach to these transformations would be that
cultural journalism and cultural critique today take up many different
stylistic formats and comprise many different voices. The increasing
heterogeneity of cultural arbiters of taste includes cultural consumers,
bloggers, celebrities, cultural journalists, media professionals,
pundits, academics and intellectuals, who perform and (re)negotiate
culture critical authority and expertise in different ways. They mix
various types of emotional, experience-based or subjective reactions to
culture, performed bottom-up, with aesthetics knowledge and expertise
about arts and culture – and their presence in the culture critical
circuit calls for new types of research questions and approaches to the
study of cultural journalism and cultural critique.
Therefore, this conference welcomes papers on (but not limited to)
question such as:
* How can we conceptualize ‘cultural journalism’, ‘cultural critique’
and/or ‘the cultural journalist’/‘the cultural critic’ in
contemporary media culture?
* How can we understand changing notions of authority and expertise in
the cultural information circuit?
* How do newer digital media platforms (e.g., blogs/vlogs, Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram) influence, reproduce, challenge and transform
cultural critique and its established genre conventions?
* What are the constituting genres of cultural journalism and cultural
critique in the digital media landscape?
* What is the role of institutionalized news media, cultural
journalism and cultural reviews in the mediation and valorization of
* What is the role and/or interplay of various types of (digital)
media in producing and reproducing cultural journalists and critics?
* How does the increasing heterogeneity of cultural arbiters of taste
in the digital media landscape influence and transform the
production, form and content of cultural critique?
* Who are these heterogeneous critical voices and what characterizes
their authority and expertise /as/ critical voices?
* What is the role of personality, emotionality and/or subjectivity in
their critical work?
* How are cultural journalism and cultural critique positioned within
the journalistic/editorial hierarchy of the news industry?
* Which media historical and -structural changes have occasioned the
contemporary heterogeneity of cultural critics in the media?
* How do media systemic and/or, national/cross-national cultural
contexts influence the performances and/or transformation of
cultural journalism and cultural critique?
* Professor Susanne Janssen, Erasmus University Rotterdam: /Long-term
Trends in Cultural Journalism and Cultural Journalism Research in
* Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Cardiff University: /Emotionality
and subjectivity in cultural criticism/.
*Conference dates and location*
Dates: November 22-23 2018
Location: Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus
Submission of abstracts (300-500 words and 100 word-bio): Monday 10
Notification about acceptance/rejection: Monday 17 September 2018
Registration deadline: Monday October 1 2018
Abstracts and registration should be sent to: Nete Nørgaard
Kristensen ((netenk /at/ hum.ku.dk))
There is no conference fee but participants must themselves arrange
travel/accommodation and cover these expenses.
*About the keynote speakers*
/Susanne Janssen/, Professor of Sociology of Media and Culture and Chair
of the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus School of History,
Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has
published extensively about the role of critics and other experts in the
cultural field, and issues of cultural globalization. Her current
research focuses on the consequences of increased diversity and
digitalization for agents, institutions, structures, processes and
practices in the fields of media, culture, education, and politics.
/Karin Wahl-Jorgensen/, Professor of Journalism and Director of Research
Development and Environment at School of Journalism, Media and Culture,
University of Cardiff. She has published extensively about citizenship,
democracy and the media. Her current work focuses on the role of emotion
in journalism and political life as well as digital citizenship and
The conference is organized by the research project “From Ivory Tower to
Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture”,
funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (2015-19). For more
/Nete Nørgaard Kristensen/, Associate Professor, Dept. of Media,
Cognition and Communication, Section for Film, Media and Communication,
University of Copenhagen ((netenk /at/ hum.ku.dk))
/Unni From/, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture -
Media Science, Aarhus University ((imvuf /at/ hum.au.dk))//
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