Monday, 19 November 2012


Wednesday 21 November:
3.10 – 4pm: MediaCityUK (University of Salford campus), Room 3.02
Internal session: Dr Benjamin Halligan (University of Salford; CASS)
Establishing Establishment Art: Mario Testino presents William and Kate
How is the history and ontology of the “English establishment” preserved and maintained in postmodern times? This presentation of current research examines Mario Testino’s official wedding photograph of Kate Middleton and William Wales from 2011. Using semiotic and poststructuralist analysis, this talk will seek to identify in what ways is the establishment is both called into creation, and called to account, in this image.

4.10 – 5pm: MediaCityUK (University of Salford campus), Room 3.02
Guest Speaker: Hillegonda Rietveld (London South Bank University)
Listening to Urban Space in Electronic Dance Music

With reference to ideas in sonic, film and cultural studies (such as LaBelle, Brophy, Donald and de Certeau) this paper argues that the sound of EDM enacts a sense of urban alienation, austerity and acceleration. For example, A Guy Called Gerald's Voodoo Ray (1988) seems to echo Manchester's 1980s post-industrial landscape, while the dubstep work of Burial, like Distant Lights (2006) crackles with digital malfunction, wrapped in deep growling sub-bass and placed in a hollow acoustic space that seems to resemble a deserted South London council estate at 3am.  The paper hereby suggest that we must listen to recorded popular music as an “architecsonic” object that is part of a sonic ecology and analyse the full soundscape of a recording, rather than merely focus on a memorable melody line or on a set of significant lyrics. In this context, EDM seems to act as a subconscious “cinematic” underscore that articulates issues of affect in urban experience.

Dr Hillegonda Rietveld is Reader at London South Bank University, where she established BA Music and Sonic Media, and she is Editor of IASPM@Journal. Her publications address the development and experience of electronic dance music cultures and she is the author of This Is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies. She has been involved professionally in club and DJ culture since 1982, when she released her first electronic recording for Factory Records, as part of Quando Quango.

(Anyone who needs to sign in: you’ll be met at reception at 3 and 4, prior to each talk).

Friday, 9 November 2012

Our thanks to Brilliant

Our thanks to Brilliant (left) and host Everette N'dlovu (right) for Wednesday's session: local radio in South Africa, articulating historical trauma, cultures of dialogue, the ANC and peoples' history, old technology versus new....

As Yet Impossible talk, MediaCity 13/11

This free series, bringing enlightened thinkers to challenge us to take part in shaping our own futures, continues on November 13th at our Media City campus.

Time 6-8 pm (Refreshments from 5.30 pm) Location Digital Performance Lab.

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Dr. Tim May from SURF will host MIT’s Mike Joroff who will talk about 'inventional' parts of our cities. He will invite us to imagine future cities where citizens shape their own experience, delight themselves, learn and build community, and how scientists and artists can transparently enable such creativity through working in partnership with one another.

Mike Joroff is an expert in Media Cities and was one of the lead consultants on MediaCityUK. He is an urban planning expert and a consultant on urban development projects in the USA, South Korea, Japan, Britain, Sweden, and Abu Dhabi. He is also sought after as an adviser on property development strategy and the design of workplaces.

He teaches globally about the impact of new business models and emerging technology on the design of corporate workplaces and large-scale property developments. He offers insights into groundbreaking work in the fields of energy management, environmental policy, urban design, housing technology and the management of corporate property. A futurist and pioneer of the ‘Think, Play, Do’ methods of maximising creative potential in the workplace, he will challenge us to take control of our own cities of the future.

Admission to the lecture is free. To register, go to

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Salford's Dr Moore -- new book published!

New paperback:
Phoebe Moore, Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia: A Neo-Gramscian Critique of South Korea’s Political Economy (I.B. Tauris, 30 October 2012).
‘Phoebe Moore makes a fresh and important contribution to the study of global political economic struggles, deploying an analysis of South Korean labour in relation to capitalist development and globalisation, hegemony and passive revolution. This is agency-centred critical International Political Economy at its best, addressing one of the great labour struggles of our time’ Barry Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University.

‘In this empirically rich and conceptually innovative book, Phoebe Moore convincingly demonstrates that neo-liberal restructuring in South Korea had not been a hegemonic process, but was constantly contested by workers shaping the outcome. I strongly recommend this book to everyone interested in neo-liberal globalisation and the possibilities of resistance to it’ Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy, University of Nottingham.

‘Phoebe Moore has produced a rich and engaging study of South Korean political economy, which deserves to be read widely. It acts as a useful stimulus towards continued exploration of the social relations and political struggles which underpin and shape contemporary development processes’ Nicola Phillips, Professor in Political Economy, University of Sheffield.

Phoebe, speaking at our MediaCityUK Postgraduate Conference, this Summer:

Symposium: Transnational Mediations

IHSSR and the Department of Languages and InfoComms, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Symposium: Transnational Mediations: Nation(al-ism), Culture and Identity Politics.

November 16 , 11-14.

GM 337

Free event

This symposium aims to bring together scholars specialised in media and communication studies, who work interdisciplinarily across literature, journalism, discourse analysis, politics, PR and sociology to discuss the role the media plays in Europe and the United States in the 21st century. Although this idea may seem obvious at first glance, this reflection raises other questions that are less tangible when considering issues of race, class, gender, language and geopolitics as defining constituents of a sense of belonging, of “self” against “other(s)”, of entitlement, rights and privilege. In this respect, the different guest speakers will analyse how the media and communication sector, challenges, establishes, settles and negotiates hegemonic social orders, while simultaneously opening up spaces for political action and intervention that destabilises, in higher or lesser degrees, notions of nationhood, citizenship and justice, among others. It also problematises the fact that glocal realities are broadcasted and “reported” within a globalising information society.

Prof. Federico Subervi, Texas State University-San Marcos. "The Media Do Make a Difference: New Directions in the Study of Media and Latino Political Mobilization"
Dr. Xavier Giró, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. "Neocolonialism in the Discourse of Media: Nationalism and Migrations. Theoretical and Practical Aspects"
Dr. Joan Cuenca-Fontobna. Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain. "Let's talk about Gender? Presence and Absence in PR Discursive Practices and Strategies."
Dr. Klaus Zilles. Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain. "Performing Linguistic Identity and Integration: The Politics of Interpellation in the Catalonian Media"

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Monday, 5 November 2012

CIDRAL talks at Manchester Uni

Annual Theme 2012-13: Public Intellectuals

Main Events: Autumn Semester 2012

All lectures 5-7pm in John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Arts Centre. (unless stated otherwise)

Tuesday 13 November 

Full details of all talks via

Open Lecture
Professor Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam/IKKM Weimar)
How to Create a Public Intellectual, Posthumously
5-7pm in John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Arts Centre.

According to Richard Posner, public intellectuals— eminent persons able to speak with authority to the public on the political and moral issues of the day – are in decline, pushed aside by pundits, opinionators or ideologically driven spin masters. Posner thinks this trend can be reversed, and maybe even reverse-engineered, using the very media that have undermined both quality control and trust, to service a need that clearly still exists.
My lecture is about a more modest quest: the circumstantially imposed obligation, but subsequently quite happily assumed opportunity to bring back from oblivion a member of my own family: neither prophet nor public intellectual, yet a voice in the wilderness nonetheless, barely heard between ideological extremes, considered by many not of his time, but may be therefore of ours. I shall focus on the sources and traces, the people and places that I encountered in my (most likely) failed attempt to re-invent a life with the means and media of today.

Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam and from 2006 to 2012 was Visiting Professor at Yale University. He has authored, edited and co-edited some twenty volumes, many of which have been translated, notably into German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Korean and Chinese.  His most recent books as author are Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses (New York: Routledge, 2010, with Malte Hagener) and The Persistence of Hollywood (New York: Routledge, 2012).
This lecture is the closing event of the SALC launch programme. Followed by a wine reception.
Postgraduate Masterclass on WG Sebald
2-3.30pm in Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street, Room 3.5.
Thomas Elsaesser with respondents: Janet Wolff (Professor Emerita, EAC) and Dr Monica Pearl (EAC)
For details of the readings:

All welcome!

Thursday 15 November

Dr Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin)
in conversation with Dr Eleanor Casella (Arch., SALC)
“Ireland's Magdalene Laundry System 1922-1996: Sin and the Public Sphere”Event starts at 6pm

Tuesday 27 November   

Dr Michael Mack (University of Durham)
Revisiting the Two Cultures Debate: Affect, Economics and Science”

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Grad Prog: talks this Weds (7/11): Re-imagining Articulation: Community Radio and the ‘Return of the Local’

4.10pm-5pm, Room 2.19, MediaCityUK. (Non-Salford students meet 4pm in reception to be signed in).

Guest Speaker: Brilliant Mhlanga

Re-imagining Articulation: Community Radio and the ‘Return of the Local’ 
The rise of community radio in Africa in general and, in particular, South Africa continues to be seen as part of the state’s developmental emancipatory project and part of democratisation. Community radio as the expression of a geographically localised community, with a manageable population, and a third developmental voice existing between the state, public and private commercial radio carries with it the features of; independence, equality, community participation and representation. Operating as the alternative element, community radio offers the dialogic potential of engaging and representing cultural distortions inherent in the majority-controlled media by offering the local communities an opportunity to broadcast their views and vision. Localised broadcasting and allowing communities to use their languages in a community radio station offers a major sketch of representation and conjures feelings of empowerment. XK FM, a radio station for the !Xu and Khwe communities of South Africa will be used as a case study. It will be argued that XK FM as a community radio represents the pre-eminence of value laden participatory approach, re-invigorating the theory of articulation and marks the return of the nativised local through the use of language as the logic of empowerment and as part of inter-state-community dialogue and inter-community forms of engagement.

Brilliant Mhlanga holds a PhD from the University of Westminster. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Mass Media and Communication, University of Hertfordshire, UK, and is also associated with the Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster (London), UK. He is also affiliated with the National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe, and is currently working on a number of topics, among them a book titled: Bondage of Boundaries & the ‘Toxic Other’ in Postcolonial Africa:  The Northern Problem & Identity Politics Today, and another project provisionally titled: On the Banality of Evil: Cultural Particularities & Genocide in Africa. Mhlanga is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships; chief among them being; the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow (African Leadership Institute & University of Oxford), W. K. Kellogg Foundation Southern African Indigenous Research Fellowship and Distinguished Civil Society Fellow with the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity (GNAP). His research interests include: media and development communication, community radio, ethnic minority media, ethnicity, nationalism and postcolonial studies, media policies & political economy of the media.