The Labour of Media (Studies): Activism, Education, and Industry

“The Labour of Media (Studies): Activism, Education, and Industry” is a three day conference addressing the intersections of media studies as a discipline and broader issues of contemporary labour. We want to create a venue for discourse, and to encourage activist engagements with topics such as casualization, competition, colonization, and limitations to academic freedom in the context of media industry and labour research. As knowledge workers we must confront and articulate the normative bounds placed on our activities in order to mobilize outside of the institution. We must also engage with our comrades in the industries and networks we study in order to generate more robust bonds between contexts of knowledge production, cognitive labour, and so-called creative economies.

The conference will be held at Concordia University, Montréal and other venues across the city from November 15-17, 2018, and will feature a variety of panels, keynote sessions, workshops, and screenings.

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The conference organizers would like to thank the Concordia University School of Graduate Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, the Global Emergent Media Lab, Professor Luca Caminati, Professor Masha Salazkina, Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, La Lumière Collective, the Film Studies Doctoral Student Association, Professor Kay Dickinson, and our graphic designer David Leblanc.