Aug 11, 2016

CME 2016 Seminar and Workshop Series

Watch out for CME's 2016 Seminar and Workshop Series!


March 2016: Martin Cloonan and Justin Lewis

April 2016: Raj Isar

May 2016: Carl Grodach

May/June 2016: Seminars with Mark Andrejevic

June 2016:  Workshop with Dan Hill

November 2016: Mike Grenfil on Bourdieu and fields

Nov 16, 2016

1963, The Beatles – Please, Please Me – and Beyond…

This talk focuses on The Beatles first LP and 1963 – the year the world changed! It tracks the rise of the Liverpool group and the socio-cultural phenomenon they were to become. Fashion, music, design, politics and economics are all featured.  In it, we see the ingredients of cultural revolution.


The aim is to offer a documentary analysis of the world that shaped The Beatles and show how it was that they had such an impact. The discussion will include ideas derived from the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu, and some commentary on changing commercial practices of the period. Most of all, however, is the music, and the talk will be copiously illustrated with a selection of tracks drawn from Please, Please Me, and reflections on the nature of popular aesthetics. There will also be space to address what happened next and how the whole phenomenon came to a sticky end. 

Date:             Thursday, 17 November

Time:              2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location:    Theatre H237, Building H, Monash University, Caulfield Campus


Oct 25, 2016

Creative Workspaces: State of the Art

This is the second of two symposia developed in conjunction with Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP) – a significant new development in Melbourne’s creative space infrastructure and forming part of the wider Creative State strategic vision. Framed by an on-going partnership between Monash University, Arup and CAP this symposium brings together international and Australian consultants and policy advisors, local government officers and academics. We explore the contemporary purpose of the creative workspace, and the specific contribution CAP might make to the state of the art.

The half-day session will ask what are creative spaces are actually for? First stepping stone for ambitious start-ups or cheap space for impoverished artists? Motors of gentrification or islands made safe from it? Urban place-making or stimulating the creative economy?

DATE: 26th October, Wednesday

TIME: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

LOCATION: The Bishop’s Parlour, Abbottsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street.


Jul 27, 2016

"Journalist Killings and the Civil Sphere"

More journalists are being killed and threatened around the world than at any time before. How do we account for these disturbing trends and why do journalists increasingly put themselves in harm’s way? This presentation argues that if we are to better understand the motivations of journalists and the mobilisation of journalism as a communicative and collective enterprise, one that is now capable of both reporting on and recognising the human plight of others in violent, uncivil places, it is important to understand how journalism is caught up in the vortices of history and the globalising present. It is this, as well as the political economics of the contemporary marketplace, the practical constraints of news organisations and the contending discourses of propaganda and power, that helps to better account for the assignment of journalists who knowingly place themselves in perilous conditions. This presentation makes the argument for reconceiving journalism in and through the prism of the ‘Civil Sphere’ (Alexander 2006), albeit necessarily inflected both historically and globally. It draws on arguments, as well as journalist accounts and reflections, set out in Reporting Dangerously: Journalist Killings, Intimidation and Security (Cottle, Sambrook and Mosdell, published later this year).  

An event presented by The Journalism Program and Culture Media Economy in the School of Media, Film and Journalism.​

Date:          28 July, Thursday

Time:          2:00 to 4:00 pm

Location:    Room B4.37, Building B,  

                    Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Jun 14, 2016

"The Sensory Society: Opportunities and Concerns" by Mark Andrejevic

Ubiquitous computing, embedded computing, and the Internet of Things all, in their own way, envision the rise of a sensor-ized, interactive environment. The shape that such an environment takes remains speculative, and yet there are clear economic and political drivers. These influences invite a return to a consideration of the role of media infrastructures in configuring the capacities, affordances, and controls that characterizes emerging interactive spaces. This presentation sets out to define some key characteristics of sensor-ized environments and then turns to a consideration of potential concerns associated with developing interactive infrastructures as well as some of the opportunities for community collaboration and new forms of knowledge generation and public and private accountability they might enable. A focus on interactive infrastructures is necessarily political: it invites us to consider the implications for democratic forms of participation alongside reconfigured economic and creative opportunities.  It asks us to consider what shape we would like this infrastructure to take and how best to achieve it. The moment to intervene is as soon as possible — since crucial opportunities emerge in configuring the infrastructures themselves and setting the terms of their ownership and control.

Date:          15 June, Wednesday

Time:          5:00 to 7:00 pm

Location:    ACJC Seminar Room, Building H, 8th Floor, H8.06/05,  

                    Monash University, Caulfield Campus


                    10 June, Friday

Jun 09, 2016

Open Lecture by Dan Hill of Arup Digital Futures Lab (London)

Dan Hill will be talking about his recent projects in which various forms of digital media are combined with urban and spatial planning, with a view to enhancing participatory urban living and the promotion of cultural and creative spaces.

Date:             Friday, 10 June

Time:             1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:       Theatrette B537, Building B, Monash University, Caulfield Campus


                        Thursday, 9 June  

Feb 25, 2016

"Thinking through and beyond the creative cities paradigm" by Carl Grodach

This talk will provide an overview of the dominant narratives that currently shape policy for the cultural economy. It will focus on how recent ways of thinking about urban cultural policy came into being and merged to form a “creative cities paradigm.” The discussion will then turn to how these narratives inform actual policy-making and how they are likely to shape future planning and policy for the cultural sectors.

Date:              26 May, Thursday

Time:              5:00 - 6:30 PM

Location:       ACJC Seminar Room, Building H, 8th Floor, H8.06/05,

                       Monash University, Caulfield Campus


                       23 May, Monday

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