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Media in the Anthropocene

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4070

Presented by: Dr. Wayne Hope, Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication Studies Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

All are welcome.

The concept of an “Anthropocene” era in which humanity shapes its environment as or more powerfully than other natural forces poses important issues for media theory. These include the problem of representing the scale and complexity of titanic human-induced environmental changes; the conflict between lightning fast communication and long-term perspectives; and the role of media as a material force contributing to Anthropocentric transformations. Dr. Wayne Hope, whose most recent book is on Time, Capitalism and Global Warming, will lead a seminar discussion of media and information for students and faculty interested in the Anthropocene problematic.

Bio: Wayne Hope is a Professor in the School of Communication Studies at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. His specific areas of research include: New Zealand media history and public sphere analysis, the political economy of communication, sport-media relationships and globalisation and time. He is the author of Time, Communication and Global Capitalism (Palgrave, 2016 – described by a reviewer as “a virtuoso work of synthesis, provocative and pathbreaking. It needs to be read by anyone interested in the ways we live now, where we might be headed and how we might arrive at destinations not at the neoliberal route map”). His research has also been published in a range of journals including Media, Culture & Society, the International Journal of Communication and Time & Society. He is founding co-editor of the online journal Political Economy of Communication. Within New Zealand, Wayne has appeared regularly as a media commentator on television and radio when not writing pieces against neoliberalism in The Daily Blog.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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