New CFP: Rethinking Affordance

Call for Papers for a forthcoming symposium in Stuttgart and special issue of Media Theory, organised and edited by Ashley Scarlett & Martin Zeilinger. CFP: Rethinking Affordance  

Conference Report: Affective Interfaces

Affective Interfaces was a public seminar held at IT University of Copenhagen last week. It was organised by Fritsch Jonas , Rasmussen Søren and Andreasen Torsten, with talks by Susan Schuppli, Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold, Christoph Brunner, Danielle Wilde, Yuk Hui and Mogens Jacobsen. Here are Christoph Raetzsch‘s notes taken during the Read More …

Tom Mills: The Legacy of Edward Herman

Tom Mills pays tribute to Edward S. Herman, and considers the influence of Herman’s ‘propaganda model’ and critique of private media in the US on Mills’s own critique of public media in the UK, as well as Herman’s contribution to media theory and critique more generally. 

Simon Dawes: What is Media Theory?

Simon Dawes introduces the inaugural issue of Media Theory: our special issue of ‘Manifestos’ (1/1).  

Media Theory 1/1: Manifestos

For this inaugural issue of Media Theory – a special issue of ‘Manifestos’ – board members were solicited to write their own manifestos for what an open access journal on media theory to stand for. Introduced and edited by Simon Dawes, it features essays from W.J.T. Mitchell, Liam Cole Young, Scott McQuire, Terry Flew, Marc Read More …

John W. P. Phillips: The End of Ontology and the Future of Media Theory

From the inaugural issue of Media Theory, John W.P. Phillips discusses ontology, critique and materiality to consider Kittler’s call for the dissolution of the form/matter dichotomy in media theory.        

Ned Rossiter: Paranoia is Real

From the inaugural issue of Media Theory, Ned Rossiter develops his idea of ‘paranoia as method’ as a way of coping with surveillance, fake news and post-truth in worlds of algorithmic governance and data economies.    

David M. Berry: Prolegomenon to a Media Theory of Machine Learning

From the inaugural issue of Media Theory, David M. Berry draws on the work of Spinoza to consider the problematics raised by machine learning and artificial intelligence for media theory, digital humanities and social theory.     

Raka Shome: Going South and Engaging Non-Western Modernities

From the inaugural issue of Media Theory, Raka Shome argues for the need to geopoliticize and decolonize media studies, by engaging with the Global South on its own terms, by transcending the logics of Western liberalism, and by linking media studies to issues of environmental justice.    

Rob Shields: How can we live the Good Life in Strata?

From the inaugural issue of Media Theory, Rob Shields considers the processes of stratification and mediation, and argues that we need media theory if we are to learn how to live the good life in such stratified times.