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[Nettime-ro] PZI lecture: RITUALIZING: NICK COULDRY
stefan rusu on Sat, 18 Feb 2006 09:00:29 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-ro] PZI lecture: RITUALIZING: NICK COULDRY


and folowing the link to organisers:
http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/fama/programme2/current/ritualizing/


PIET ZWART INSTITUTE
MA FINE ART
RITUALIZING

[a series of lectures, screenings and performances organized by the Piet Zwart Institute and hosted by TENT. and 
Witte de With, Rotterdam]

Thursday February 16 | 18.30hrs
Lecture: NICK COULDRY: SEARCHING FOR FORM IN A MEDIA-SATURATED WORLD
Media rituals are a new form of ritual that legitimates media authority (as opposed to religious or political authority) 
and whose formalizations are based on specific media-related categories such as celebrity. Couldry will discuss 
examples of media rituals from Big Brother to talk shows and media-based tourism, and explore the link between 
media rituals and a wider process of ?ritualization? (involved for example in the rise of celebrity culture) which 
prepares us to interpret, and act in, media rituals. Deconstructing media rituals, Couldry will argue, is a way of 
gaining distance from the assumptions of media culture. This is something particularly important in an age when 
politicians have, through media, increasingly sought to legitimate major actions that lack democratic support. 
Nick Couldry (UK) is a media and social theorist, and Reader in Media, Communications and Culture at the 
London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications include: "The Place of Media Power: Pilgrims 
and Witnesses of the Media Age" (2000); "Inside Culture"  (2000); "Media Rituals: A Critical Approach" (2003), and 
"Listening Beyond the Echoes: Media, Ethics and Agency in an Uncertain World" (forthcoming April 2006).
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location: Auditorium TENT. and Witte de With | Witte de Withstraat 50 | Rotterdam
more information: http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl/fama/programme2/current/ritualizing/
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The Piet Zwart Institute is the postgraduate studies and research programme of the Willem de Kooning Academy 
Hogeschool Rotterdam



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