[Air-L] Fwd: [IJoC] New Special Section on Academic Labor Published

Jonathan Sterne, Dr. jonathan.sterne at mcgill.ca
Mon Oct 31 15:14:04 PDT 2011

Dear Colleagues,

Since I sent along the CFP, here's the result.  Apologies for cross posting (and accidentally sending a version with attachments before).


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From: Arlene Luck <aluck at law.usc.edu<mailto:aluck at law.usc.edu>>
Date: October 31, 2011 1:27:41 PM EDT
To: <aluck at law.usc.edu<mailto:aluck at law.usc.edu>>
Subject: [IJoC] New Special Section on Academic Labor Published

Dear IJoC Readers,

The International Journal of Communication (IJoC) has published a new
special section on "The Politics of Academic Labor in Communication

Edited by Jonathan Sterne, this special section features 21 authors who
raise difficult questions about academic labor in our field. We may have
learned to speak of our work as a calling, but it is also a job. Our jobs
are changing, and there are fewer of them. What is to be done? English,
history and anthropology have rich discussions of the politics of academic
labor; it’s time for people in communication studies to join them in
reflections on the future of universities and colleges and our place in
them.  These articles are meant to spur further conversation in organizing
our departments, universities, and associations, as well as in coalition
with others who hope to defend and advance higher education.

Authors consider a host of issues big and small, from defunding of
universities to the real dilemmas facing administrators: from the changing
politics of careers to the ways that gender and class play out for faculty
and students; from the types of work that get published and promoted to the
tyranny of PowerPoint; from the politics of fundraising, to the devolution
of administration, to the role of unions in universities. The authors
provide plenty of proposals and programs for change, from small but
meaningful gestures to activist programs for pedagogy and research, to
massive proposals for organizing ourselves and transforming the ways our
departments and fields do business. In the process, they raise even more

Contributors include Sarah Banet-Weiser, Fernando Delgado, Thomas Discenna,
Michael Griffin, Jayson Harsin, Mark Hayward, Alex Juhasz, Kembrew McLeod,
Kathleen F. McConnell, Toby Miller, Michael Z. Newman, Amy Pason, Victor
Pickard, Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Joel Saxe, Carol Stabile, Ted Striphas,
Ira Wagman and two chairs who elected to remain anonymous so they could tell
their stories candidly.

Visit IJoC at http://ijoc.org to read these essays and more.

Manuel Castells
Larry Gross

Jonathan Sterne
Guest Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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