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[Commlist] ACS Summer Institute

Wed Mar 20 15:33:53 GMT 2019

The registration for the forthcoming ACS Summer Institute is open!

Register here:

The ACS Institute takes place at Lake Constance in southern Germany on 22-27 July 2019. Organized by Zeppelin University, the forthcoming Summer Institute's theme is "The Long Revolution and the Future of Publics", and it will discuss the opportunities and challenges to the idea of “publics” brought forth by new communication and media technologies.

The Institute will provide an intensive, extensive and rewarding pedagogical experience for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will have the opportunity to spend the week discussing and learning from keynote presentations, lectures, workshops and seminars delivered by 5 keynote speakers and an international staff of leading cultural studies scholars from around the world. The overall participatory and informal character of the Summer Institute will give voice to the participants by offering a forum to address issues related to their own work specifically as well as issues of general interest. In addition, social activities from receptions and meals to informal gatherings will provide opportunities for participants, lecturers and organizers to intermingle and stimulate further conversation.

The Institute will be held in the tradition of the Crossroads conferences, bringing together people from a wide range of disciplines to explore what it means to conduct cultural studies. We therefore encourage participation from researchers who work in disciplines such as cultural studies, cultural anthropology, film studies, media studies, literary theory and criticism, discourse analysis, new literacy studies, educational studies, rhetorical criticism, etc.

This year's theme builds on Raymond Williams’ idea of a “long revolution” of culture in the course of economic and political changes and expands it to the digitalization of “public spheres”, in which these interactions become visible. Using online resources, such as social network sites, citizens can participate in public discourse and make their voices heard on political issues, thus making the public sphere more diverse. Easily accessible media technologies, such as weblogs and podcasts, enable and empower their users to produce media content, which might subvert hegemonic ideas and challenge asymmetrical power relations.

Nevertheless, changes in communication technologies also bear challenges to public spheres: For example, in the course of the fragmentation of the public sphere and the segmentation of its audiences, the practices and norms of public communication become particularistic as well.

Online, especially through social network sites, non-democratic ideologies equally get the opportunity to reach a wider audience through malevolent hackers or automated bots. Questions of public control and media regulation arise, as hate speech and fake news become part of the digital vernacular language.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Margaret Borschke (Macquarie University Sydney)
Adam Haupt (University of Cape Town)
Rolien Hoyng (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Tanja Thomas (University of Tübingen)

Please register at

More information about the event can be found at Zeppelin University's website: and at the ACS website:

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