The Non-Financial Crisis: Politics, Media and Culture in the Present Economic Context

The 7th Annual PhD Conference at the School of Media and Communication – University of Leeds

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Professor Colin Sparks (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Professor Kate Oakley (University of Leeds)

The recent financial crisis that caused the collapse of large financial institutions, the bailout of banks by national governments, and the struggle of national and trans-national governments in tackling the crisis, has signalled the need for fundamental changes in economic and political systems.

In this conference we hoped to interrogate the various aspects of the crisis. These aspects span beyond economic considerations to broader issues related to socio-political systems, media and cultural production. Almost all fields are affected by the crisis and forced to change. The changes in these fields are interdependent and will have important implications for our future. With this aim in mind we invited submissions which could address any of the following questions or investigate related issues:

1. Politics

  • How is the crisis changing the way leaders appeal to audiences?
  • How has the crisis influenced political agendas?
  • How have governments been dealing with the communication of the crisis?
  • Has the crisis brought about new forms of political action?
  • Is the economic crisis encouraging citizen participation?
  • Is it still possible for the public sphere to influence national government in times of transnational crisis?
  • Has the crisis in anyway influenced the legitimacy of transnational institutions?

2. Media and Journalism

  • How has the media represented the crisis?
  • What are the challenges for communicating the crisis?
  • Have journalistic practices changed due to the influence of the crisis?
  • How have the economic crisis and budget cuts influenced media production?
  • Have new media changed the way news is produced and distributed during crisis?
  • Will the media play a different role in society after the crisis?
  • Has new media been shrinking or expanding disparity between the North and the South during the crisis?

3. Culture

  • Cultural labour and value creation: what impact has the crisis had on the dynamic between creative autonomy and market imperatives?
  • Are the creative industries more resilient to the impact of the economic crisis than traditional manufacturing industries?
  • What might the implications be of public subsidy cuts for culture and the cultural labour market?
  • What roles can the cultural and creative industries play in promoting job creation and economic growth?
  • Could the cultural industries play a real and significant role in the development and adoption of new socioeconomic models?
  • Where does the culture industry debate lie today: what have been the effects of the commodification of culture?
  • What is art’s relationship to social change? Is there legitimate faith in the autonomy of art as bound to the promise of a better world to come?
  • What might be the outcomes of the economic crisis for European culture?

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