Working Group on Globalization and Culture
The Working Group on Globalization and Culture is a continuing collective research project, a cultural studies “laboratory,” that has been running since the fall of 2003. The group is made up of graduate students and faculty from several disciplines.
The Working Group meets regularly to discuss common readings, to develop collective and individual research projects, and to present that research publicly. The general theme for the working group is globalization and culture, with three principal aspects: a) the globalization of cultural industries and goods, and its consequences for patterns of everyday life as well as for forms of fiction, film, broadcasting, and music; b) the trajectories of social movements and their relation to patterns of migration, the rise of global cities, the transformation of labor processes, and forms of ethnic, class, and gender conflict; c) the emergence of and debates within transnational social and cultural theory. The specific focus, projects, and directions of the working group are determined by the interests, expertise, and ambitions of the members of the group, and change as its members change. To inquire about joining the working group, contact Michael Denning.
2015-2016 Matters of Life and Death
2014-2015 Currents and Currencies
2013-2014 Changing Climates
2012-2013 Spaces and Times of Occupation
2011-2012 The Intimacies of Information
2010-2011 Going into Debt
2009-2010 Society of Security
2008-2009 Rethinking Utopia
2007-2008 Worlds and Contact Zones
2006-2007 Audiopolitics: Measures of Global Soundscapes
2005-2006 Measures of a Global Life
2004-2005 The Politics of the Neoliberal University
2003-2004 The Commodity Chain of the Cell Phone