media, information, the contemporary
Project

Media and the Constitution of the Political

This project, supported by ICAS:MP, speaks to the following thematic engagements:

Social Media, Data and Information Infrastructures

This project looks at data and information infrastructures that have emerged from the rise of social media. Governments have been modernising data collection while addressing paper-based systems. Private companies work with a host of smaller intermediaries and advanced analytics to analyse and make sense of data. Research sites may include government information systems, small scale data collection agencies, media companies, new start-ups that take social media experiences as a significant site of their work. Researchers should be able to combine field work with an interest in conceptual issues posed by social and digital media.

Crowds, Media and Democracy

Research will focus on crowd formations in and through media, from photography and poster art through newsreel and fiction film and sonic technologies such as loudspeakers, to video and the contemporary virality of social media circulation and aggregation. The project will explore a range of media archives, and their framing by key categories of political discourse, crowd, mass, procession, assembly, riot, uprising, revolution; how they are attached to legal discourse, evidence, culpability, and contest; and how they relate to the political, in terms of tracking key sites, vectors and scales of transformation.

Media in Times of War

This project will explore the relationship between war, media technologies, and the register of the political. Our aim will be to look at how media – radio programmes, photographs and posters, newsreel, propaganda, instructional, educational and fiction films, video film, websites, blogs  and social media – capture and reflect on war, at the front, in barracks and camps, but also in the relation between “home” and the front, as zones which produce men, material, and affect. We are also interested in the entanglement of media technology with war – as technologies of vision, of seeing and targeting, of listening and surveillance, as deployed by humans and machines – and in the overlap of peace-time and war-time technologies.

Law and Media

This project addresses the penetration of law by media, i.e., where law has more than an external and regulatory relationship to media, but is a sphere whose material forms, practices and symbolic edifice are constituted by media. Here, we would like to consider how police stations, legal practices, law courts, forensic procedures and cyber-labs become the site for a variety of media practices and discourses, and relate to the complicated phenomena of the media trial. In this project we propose to research the media form of the world of law: in legislative acts, first information reports and police diaries, judicial pronouncements, case law and file work. We propose ethnographic, legal, and archival research.


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