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New Media Regulation and Cultural Literacies - The Need for Evidence-Based Policy Workshop


Date:Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Time:All Day
Campus:Wollongong
Venue:Building 67, Room 303


New Media Regulation and Cultural Literacies - The Need for Evidence-Based Policy

A two-day workshop sponsored by the
Institute for Social Transformation Research and Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong

November 27/28, Building 67, room 303

Program available: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/research/istr/workshops/UOW134983.html

The transformation of communication via networked digital media has led to a blurring between media producers and users. There are increasing calls for restriction of content that is legal in some jurisdictions but is considered offensive in Australia. The workshop involves a series of case studies about communicative environments in specific “communities of use” that are affected by legislation aimed at preventing certain kinds of representation/speech acts. These include “Boys Love” (a female-based Japanese manga fandom dedicated to male-male romance); “extreme” music communities (user-generated music subcultures using obscene lyrics and images); teenage “sexting” (exchange of explicit visual and textual materials via new media); and transgressive art practices that challenge normative understandings of childhood as asexual. These case studies will be commented on by experts from both law and informatics – adding valuable perspectives from outside of the cultural studies paradigms adopted by most speakers. The workshop aims to (1) present evidence-based research into the kinds of communicative environments that exist in problematic online communities; (2) analyse and critique current Australian standards and strategies for regulation and (3) recommend ways that academics, policy makers and users can be brought into dialogue so as to generate more culturally literate regulatory policies.

The evening of November 27 will also feature a public lecture by Fiona Patten, President of the Australian Sex Party and the Eros Foundation, on “Customs: Setting New Agendas on Censorship, Privacy and Morality”.

To attend either event please rsvp Professor Mark McLelland markmc@uow.edu.au by Friday 23 November.

Repeats:For 1 more times (ends 28/11/2012)
Contact:Mark McLelland [markmc@uow.edu.au]