fredag, februari 24, 2006

International Conference: "Transformations in the Cultural and Media Industries (CMI)"

International Conference
"Transformations in the Cultural and Media Industries (CMI)"
September 25, 26 and 27, 2006, Paris

Since the end of the eighties the Cultural and Media Industries have
undergone profound change. This has given rise occasionally to some
rather spectacular phenomena, which have received extensive attention
in the media, and been commented on by "experts", policy makers and
economic decision-makers. Among the themes which have been most
frequently discussed one might mention notably: the move towards
deregulation; the various huge merger operations bringing together
industrial groups and financial centres which have lead, against a
background of globalisation, to an unprecedented degree of
concentration; the flow of ideas and players around the notion of
cultural exception and cultural diversity; the development of new
cultural, informational or communication products accessible via the
Internet or via mobile telephones or similar tools; movements opposed
to existing commercial offers marked by the development of small
structures of production targeted at micro - markets but also by the
development of piracy; shift in the balance between content
providers, software manufacturers, hardware manufacturers and network
operators; the development of types of content, such as "reality
television", which have appeared in Europe over the last few years.

How should these developments be interpreted? Do they in fact
constitute a major transformation? An examination of the current
research into the Culture Industry, whether from the point of view of
economics, law, sociology, political science, history, philosophy or
communication and information sciences, the number of widely
differing and contradictory approaches to the same issues is
striking. A process needs to be launched which will end the current
dispersal of existing studies. A new framework is needed.

This is therefore the main objective of the international symposium
on transformations in the Cultural and Media Industries organized the
25, 26 and 27 September 2006 at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme,
Paris Nord.

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