Surrendering the space: Convergence culture, Cultural Studies and the curriculum

Turner, Graeme (2011) Surrendering the space: Convergence culture, Cultural Studies and the curriculum. Cultural Studies, 25 4-5: 685-699. doi:10.1080/09502386.2011.600556

Author Turner, Graeme
Title Surrendering the space: Convergence culture, Cultural Studies and the curriculum
Journal name Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0950-2386
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09502386.2011.600556
Volume 25
Issue 4-5
Start page 685
End page 699
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This essay tests the claims made by some versions of convergence culture to be the next step forward for Cultural Studies. It does this by examining the teaching programmes that have been generated by various formations of convergence culture: programmes in new media studies, creative industries and digital media studies. The results of this examination are cause for concern: most of these programmes appear to have surrendered the space won for Cultural Studies in the university curriculum in favour of an instrumentalist focus on the training, rather than the education, of personnel to work in the emerging media industries. The essay argues therefore that while such developments may represent themselves as emerging from within Cultural Studies, in practice they have turned out to have very little to do with Cultural Studies at all.
Keyword Teaching Cultural Studies
New media studies
Creative industries
Digital media studies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Rethinking Convergence/Culture

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