MACS - May 2009

Posted Tuesday May 5, 2009 by John Gunders in |

For those of you in Brisbane (or on Facebook):

Reports on recent conferences—by those who were there!

Friday, 8 May 2009
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, Seminar Room
Level 4 Forgan Smith Tower,
The University of Queensland

As is traditional for the first MACS of the year, we will hear about some people’s experiences at a variety of conferences in recent months. The discussion, as always, will continue at the UQ Club after 4:30pm. All welcome, spread the word!

Tentative Programme:

Ian Rogers, IASPM conference, Brisbane, November 2008
Kitty van Vuuren, CSAA Annual conference, Kalgoorlie, December 2008
Peta Mitchell, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Las Vegas, March 2009

MACS is a cross-institutional network of early career researchers, postgraduate students, postdocs, RAs and sessional staff working in Media and Cultural Studies across Brisbane. Our meetings aim to provide a regular platform for discussing issues which relate to these roles as well as an opportunity to contribute to wider debates taking place in the field.

The idea for the MACS network arose from a sense that PhD students and junior staff are often at a distance from existing forms of collaboration between researchers in different universities within the one city. While much emphasis is placed on the end product of research, and there are plenty of avenues for presenting and publishing our work, the early stages of an academic career involve particular anxieties that can be ameliorated with the support of a community of peers. The MACS group is an attempt to create a space for discussing everything to do with our work aside from the end product, to share accumulated knowledge and resources to gain insight into the options available within our field of research.

Brisbane has played a strong role in the history of Media and Cultural Studies in Australia. The MACS initiative is one way to make sure the field remains visible to new cohorts of students while retaining the facilitative and collegial role that can distinguish it from other academic career paths.

For more details please contact John Gunders: Email: j.gunders@uq.edu.au Phone: 07 334 69765

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