Power and Politics in Contemporary Culture and Media

Power and Politics in Contemporary Culture and Media

Power and Politics in Contemporary Culture and Media

Master class with with Dr. Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton) and Dr. Neil Ewen (University of Winchester)

P.C. Hoofthuis, room 6.25, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam | Thursday November 7, 2019, 13:00-17:00

Open to all RMA and PhD students. Register by sending a mail with a project/thesis description and your cv to gaston.franssen@uva.nl. Due to room size, the number of available spots is limited.

ASCA and NICA are proud to welcome dr. Shelley Cobb (University of Southampton) and dr. Neil Ewen (University of Winchester) for a special two-day visit to the University of Amsterdam. On Friday November 8, they will be the main speakers of a public symposium on Public Intellectuals: Celebrity, Advocacy, Activism (13-17 hrs., VOC-zaal, Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48); on Thursday November 7, they will be leading a RMA/PhD masterclass, during which they will share their expertise in research into power and politics in contemporary culture and media with a select group of RMA/PhD students.

RMA/PhD students whose current research touches upon this topic and who want to seize the opportunity to receive feedback from two international experts in this field are therefore invited to present their current project during this unique masterclass. Presentations take the form of 15 minutes research pitches, and will be followed by intensive discussion with and feedback by Dr. Cobb and Dr. Ewen and other presenters. Please note: due to room size, the number of available spots is limited.

All interested in taking part are requested to sign up for the masterclass by sending an email with their project description and cv to gaston.franssen@uva.nl before November 4.

Shelley Cobb is an Associate Professor of Film at the University of Southampton. Her main areas of research and teaching expertise are in women and film (both production and representation), gender and popular culture, celebrity studies and adaptation. Her monograph Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) considers film adaptations directed by women that foreground the figure of the female author. She is also co-editor (with Neil Ewen) of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Neil Ewen is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the Department of School of Media and Film, University of Winchester. His research interests lie in the politics of contemporary media and culture. From a critical media and cultural studies perspective, he writes about celebrity, sport, politics and politicians, film, television, and journalism. He is the co-editor (with Shelley Cobb) of First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship and Cultural Politics (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Capitalism, Crime and Media in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020).