The Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) is a national centre for interdisciplinary cultural research, affiliated with Linköping University’s Campus Norrköping.
Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the research field of cultural studies by serving as a bridge-builder between institutions, subjects and perspectives. ACSIS is a coordinating and dynamic resource for Swedish cultural researchers, acting as a link to the transnational field of cultural studies. During 2015 ACSIS will largely focus on mediatization.
Publishing for Public Knowledge is a collection of essays discussing a number of current challenges in the academic landscape of publishing and knowledge-production. Edited by Johan Fornäs, Martin Fredriksson, Eva Hemmungs Wirtén and Naomi Stead, the thematic section considers especially the complex processes by which the scholarly journal straddles the border between what we think of as “bound,” and “unbound,” knowledge. Publications such as academic journals are not just neutral tools for disseminating results, but intrinsic to the political economy of knowledge-production. With this theme, we would like to continue the important discussion of the new opportunities and threats to contemporary academic publishing, and contribute to a further discussion on how academia can provide sustainable future platforms for open knowledge.
Together with the thematic section, two independent research articles are also published.
Leaving the comfort-zone:
a critical look at cultural research, contemporary challenges and possibilities
ACSIS invite academics at Swedish universities to arrange workshops on the conditions for cultural research. Support for a workshop can be granted with up to 15 000 SEK. The workshop should be held in 2016 and ideally lead to participation at ACSIS’ conference 2017, and/or publications in the open-access peer-reviewed journal Culture Unbound: Journal of Cultural Research.
Workshop, 09:30—16:00, November 25, 2015
EB G38, University of Western Sydney
Today’s cultural researchers are becoming more mobile as the funders of their research are increasingly investing in internationalisation. Individual researchers are given opportunities – or must meet expectations – to work outside their home country, and contribute to an ever-growing number of projects conducted in partnership with researchers in different countries. While many aspects of mobility are fairly well researched, we as academics rarely subject our own mobility to the same kind of attention. We think that it is important to reflect on how mobility affects the research process and the production of knowledge.
This workshop explores the mobility of research through four panels. The first two panels directly address questions of mobility within academia, while the second two focus on specific research projects. The workshop is part of a collaboration between the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), Western Sydney University (WSU) and the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) based at Linköping University (LiU). In the afternoon PhD students from LiU and WSU will present their ongoing work, and researchers from ICS and LiU are invited to comment on the presentations from their own academic and geographical perspectives, aiming to establish a dialogue between Swedish and Australian researchers.
Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is proud to present a new thematic issue: ‘Cultures of Disaster’ edited by Anders Ekström and Kyrre Kverndokk. The featured articles examine narratives of disaster and apocalypse, disaster optics in relation to popular and political productions of states of emergencies, as well as some examples of what has been called the cultural turn in disaster studies.
You can read and download the entire issue free of charge from Culture Unbounds webpage.
Acsis Seminar, in English
October 8, 2015 13.15-16.
Tvärsnittet Kopparhammaren, floor 3, Kungsgatan 56, Campus Norrköping
This seminar critically approaches the conditions of creative work by bring together scholars from Sweden and Australia. David Redmalm’s presentation deals with the Hungarian IT company Prezi that blurs boundaries between work and fun so as to produce a work environment characterized by “openness” to social issues and innovative ideas. George Morgan’s paper takes a theoretical approach in order to zoom in on how independent creativity is harnessed by the new economy to generate wealth in processes of commodification of art and intellectual work.
”It pays to be open”: The cultivation of openness in alternative entrepreneurship
David Redmalm, Uppsala University, Annika Skoglund, Uppsala University & Karin
Berglund, Stockholm University.
Mythologies of New Capitalism
George Morgan, University of Western Sydney
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Last updated: 2015-01-18