Traveling again! Off to Sweden and LA :D

On March 25, 2012 by christy


Just letting you know I’m traveling again, and maybe in your direction! :)

I’ll be teaching the cross-media design course for 6 weeks at Umeå University in Sweden. I gave some guest lectures there last Sept-Oct and had a ball. So now I’ll be back teaching an entire course where the students will create a cross-media project in teams. FUN! :D

I’ll also whip over to be on a panel at Transmedia Hollywood.

Transmedia, Hollywood is a one-day public symposium exploring the role of transmedia franchises in today’s entertainment industries. Transmedia, Hollywood turns the spotlight on media creators, producers and executives and places them in critical dialogue with top researchers from across a wide spectrum of film, media and cultural studies to provide an interdisciplinary summit for the free interchange of insights about how transmedia works and what it means. Transmedia, Hollywood is co-hosted by Denise Mann and Henry Jenkins, from UCLA and USC, two of the most prominent film schools and media research centers in the nation.

The topic this year is Creative Relations, and Henry invited me to speak on a panel where I’ll talk about the influence of commerce on design.

Panel 2: Creative Economies: Commercial vs. State-Based Models
In the United States, transmedia production has been often coupled with issues of promotion and branding, because of the ways that production is funded in a Hollywood studio or network television models. But, around the world, in countries where there is strong state support for media production, alternative forms of transmedia are taking shape, which are governed by different imperatives (cultural, educational, artistic). How has transmedia fit within the effort of nation-states to promote and expand their creative economies? What can commercial media producers learn from these alternative models and approaches? How might these developments further expand our understanding of what transmedia is and what it can contribute to the language of storytelling? What are the advantages and disadvantages of creating transmedia content under these different kinds of creative economies?

I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in Stockholm, Umea and LA! Come say hi! :)

5 Responses to “Traveling again! Off to Sweden and LA :D”

  • Which course are you teaching? More specifically which education etc? :)

  • You certainly have become a major voice in Transmedia – both in the creative realm and in the marketplace! I trust your insight and sensibilities, and I’m thrilled you have all these opportunities to share them. Cheers!

  • Thank you Sandy!

    And hello Niclas! I’m teaching this course, here is the outline of what I’m doing:

  • Christy,
    I am putting on a panel on transmedia at BlogWorld Expo on June 6th in NYC. If your travels take you there on that date, I’d love to have you join the panel. Thanks for considering the request!

  • Paul, this is a very good piece. I think those of us who were not part of the Party central leiareshdp have an important contribution to this discussion. I like your discussion of party loyalty. It appears that this goes two ways, party members need to be loyal to the party, even if there is disagreement but the leiareshdp needs to have faith in and loyalty to the membership and not see them as expendable. This also means that the leiareshdp has to provide real space for discussion and disagreement, even to the point of encouraging it. This is the important democratic side of a democratic centralist party that was not fully developed in the SWP. With this kind of attitude a party like the old SWP would also be more open to looking at, and working with, other revolutionary groups and parties and would have been able to avoid the casual dismissing of other’s ideas leading to sectarianism, which the SWP, in its best days, was guilty of.Camejo makes this point in his book and I more and more think he is right. The most successful electoral campaign that the SWP had was his 1976 campaign for president. In his book, Camejo reveals that he disagreed with this campaign and thought we should have done a joint campaign with other groups like the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. My work in the antiwar movement helps me see the validity of this position. I work with other revolutionary socialist groups and see they all have talented revolutionaries who work hard and put politics first. I never knew such people existed outside of the SWP. Yes, there are political differences but that is natural in the absence of a rising class struggle. Anything makes sense in one’s head.When in the SWP, I often deferred to the leiareshdp, even though I sometime had different ideas. This is really what we learn to do in society as a whole and it is never right. Your quote from Marx about always questioning is important. When we can build a revolutionary organization where the leiareshdp encourages the membership to think in this way, we will have made real progress over what we had in the SWP and perhaps be able to avoid future cults.

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