Henry Mayer Lecture 2015 - Re-Inventing the Media
In this lecture, Graeme Turner will discuss the core arguments made in his new book, Re-Inventing the Media. The scale of the changes to the production, distribution and consumption of the media, he suggests, has been of such a dimension that they amount to nothing less than a re-invention of the media. However, much of the focus of contemporary media studies has tended to be restricted to arguments about globalisation, and about the impact of technological change. In this lecture, Graeme Turner argues that there is more to it than that, and that media studies needs to take a broader account of what the contemporary media have become, how they are structured, and how they are used in their varying contexts around the globe.
Graeme Turner is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. One of the leading figures in cultural and media studies, internationally, he has published 24 books and his work has been translated into 10 languages. A Federation Fellow, the convenor of the ARC Cultural Research Network, a former editor of MIA, the founding director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at UQ, and President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 2005-7, he has played a significant leadership role in cultural studies and the humanities in general in Australia. His most recent publications include Re-Inventing the Media (Routledge, 2016), (with Jinna Tay) Television Histories in Asia: Issues and Contexts (Routledge, 2015), the second revised edition of Understanding Celebrity (Sage, 2014), and (with Anna Cristina Pertierra) Locating Television: Zones of Consumption (2013).