» Media Industries, Affective Labors and Cultural Politics

MIALCP will concentrate its research on the creative and cultural industries, drawing on expertise of its members in the varied areas of: media work, policy and organization, critical theory, political science, film practice, visual cultures and analysis, political economy, arts and media management, digital cultures, cultural labors, activism, and memory studies.

  • Members
  • Grants/funding
  • Research students
  • Research projects
  • Dr. Crystal Murphy (Political Science)

    Dr. Kelli Fuery (Honors/WCHSS)

    Sally Rubin (Dodge)

    Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa (Sociology/Anthropology)

    C.K. Magliola (Women’s Studies/Sociology & Anthropology)

    Claudine Jaenichen (Art)

  • a. NEH

    b. NSF

  • Undergraduate Research

    Members of this Crassh group have already incorporated undergraduate research into their individual current research in the areas of Media Industries, Cultural Economies and Affective Labors, and continue to develop this practice. Students have been given opportunity to participate as research assistants via internships, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, a 491 Undergraduate Research Course, as well as participate in the BURN initiative. They also researched their own projects on the affect engendered by creative industries in Summer 2013 (Jared Celniker’s “Illusions of Oasis, Making You Look Twice-Repression and Performance in Hip-Hop" and Ashley Lovell’s “Microcredit in Juba, South Sudan”).

    Students have had the opportunity to conduct literature review for faculty research papers generating from classes taught. Fuery was able, through the support of grant funding from the Honors Program, to present an international conference paper with Ms. Samantha Cressey in Berlin.

    Dr. Takaragawa supervised SURF student, Eileen Regullano who completed a project called "Japanese-American Assimilation and Identity" which was primarily a GPS mapping project and large scale survey, submitted via survey monkey to various Japanese-American communities. Other undergraduate student participation included the planning and implementation of Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa’s traveling exhibition Ethnographic Terminalia. Eileen Regullano, Sam Cressey and Clay Thomas accompanied Dr. Takaragawa to San Francisco to install Ethnographic Terminalia at SOMArts Gallery. Ethnographic Terminalia is an international and interdisciplinary curatorial collective informed by practices in anthropology, cultural studies and studio arts. These three students also presented a co-authored poster and co-authored paper at the American Anthropology Association conferences in San Francisco in 2012, developed on this research area of Ethnographic Terminalia, where they discussed aspects of cultural production, and the development of the exhibition.

    • Politics of humanitarianism (including the consumerism and fetishization of material objects in association with cause activism in a global context);
    • Affect, power and creative & cultural industry(ies)
    • Representation & activism within time-based media
    • Organization of networked creativity, socio-political, economic & cultural production
    • Psychoanalytic approaches to culture & creative industries