Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

Institute of Communications Studies

Research Events – Archive Recordings

On this page you will find recordings of lectures and seminars that have taken place at ICS during the year. Click on the appropriate link to access the recording.

Jay Blumler Lecture | From Russia to Wikileaks: Reflections of a Guardian Correspondent | Moral Economies of Creative Labour


Jay Blumler Lecture 2012

This year’s Jay Blumler Lecture was given on January 25th by Professor John Keane, University of Sydney on the topic:

‘Power, Silence, Catastrophe. Why Media and Democracy Matter in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century’

Professor Keane reflected on the new era of large-scale catastrophes whose causes, ruinous effects and remedies demand bold new thinking about the way manufactured public silence operates as the currency of power. These calamities force us to reconsider the meaning of democracy and the inherited reasons why the old European ideal of freedom of communication is desirable – far more precious than our ancestors could possibly have imagined.

The Jay Blumler Lecture has been set up in honour of Jay Blumler, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Communications Studies, who has played a central role not only in establishing media research in the UK, but also in the early years of our Institute. The Lecture pays particular tribute to Blumler’s contribution in the field of political communication and the role of public service broadcasting in democratic life.

Click here to listen to the audio-recording of the lecture.


From Russia to Wikileaks: Reflections from a Guardian Correspondent

Chris Paterson and the Journalism Research Group of The Institute of Communications Studies joined with Politics and International Studies (POLIS) on February 9, 2012 to host a lecture by the Guardian’s former Moscow Correspondent Luke Harding. In 2011 Harding became the only foreign reporter to be banned from Russia since the Cold War, and was also part of the Guardian team which collaborated with Wikileaks over the massive release of secret US diplomatic cables. His books “Mafia State” and “WikiLeaks” tell both stories. Click on the images below to watch his lecture and the question and answer session, delivered to a packed Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre at the University of Leeds.

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Moral Economies of Creative Labour

This two day conference was held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July 2011 at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. It was organised by The Media Industries Research Centre at ICS and Sociology/The Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, The Open University.

The conference focused on the diverse array of moral and ethical practices evident in cultural/creative labour, with negative, unethical or amoral aspects of the labour process existing alongside workers’ investment of social and non-instrumental values, ethics and politics into their work, however ‘commercialised’, ‘networked’ and ‘immaterial’ their workplaces may appear to be. The conference asked whether it is possible to identify any substantively ‘moral’, ‘ethical’ or critical features of this sector. Specific issues addressed included: what are the moral or ethical dimensions of creative work? What are the political outcomes of efforts to infuse creative labour with ethical intent or content? How might an ethical politics of creative labour be theorized and organized? Or, given the propensity of capital to absorb or exploit normative critique, should the prospect of ‘ethical’ cultural work be regarded as illusory and damaging?

You can listen to the keynote presentations by clicking on the icons below.

Hard Jobs in Hollywood: How Concentration in Distribution Affects the Production Side of the Media Entertainment Industry

Susan Christopherson (author of Remaking Regional Economies (with Jennifer Clark) and numerous publications on creative economies)

Bringing ethics back in: cultural production as a practice

Russell Keat (author of the classic text Cultural Goods and the Limits of the Market)

Creative work: problems for moral economy

Andrew Sayer (author of, amongst other books, the forthcoming Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life and co-editor of Culture and Economy after the Cultural Turn)

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