In the second part, Frances Bonner (University of Queensland) promises not to do a “state of the cultural studies nation” talk, but to focus on the specifics of material culture studies. Frances recommends Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of Things, and wants to register problems with the concept of consumer culture as an explanatory framework. Miller’s book is targeted at the more genral reader, and comes out of a failed research grant (!). Frances argues that the relationship between anthropology and
I’m writing from the Cultural Studies Symposium: Past, Present and Future conference at the University of Queensland, being hosted by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies on Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Keynote presentation by Professor Graeme Turner. Graeme notes that the origins of the symposium come from a book he is developing with Chris Rojek, who heads to relevant publishing outlet at Sage, and he and Graeme are working on a book with this theme. Graeme has bemoaned the growing
I thought that I would point out this pile of crap from The Courier-Mail, as it attempts a hatchet job on cultural studies. An invitation to Associate Professor Jason Jacobs from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Queensland to be a keynote speaker at a conference on The Sopranos at Fordham University in New York gets written up like this:
TAXPAYERS forked out up to $2000 to help send a University of Queensland lecturer to a US conference on