Master class – John T. Caldwell (UCLA)

Stress aesthetics and symbolic payroll systems in TV production

Date ¦ Monday, 21 May 2012
Time ¦ Afternoon, exact time to be announced
Venue ¦ Utrecht, to be announced
Open to ¦ PhD candidates and RMA students

Media studies scholars can gain rich insights—about history, audiences, narratives, and onscreen texts—through material, grounded ethnographic studies of production workers, their tools, and their habits. This workshop draws out these notions by looking at production culture’s mirror image—or “flipside”—of the “participatory” fan culture and “networked sociality” that Henry Jenkins and others have so ably mapped out. These linked cultural flipsides (production work-and-consumer work) provide some historical grounding and parallels for several more recent claims about participatory media culture. By discussing selected readings the workshop participants will explore the implications of user generated content – including the claim that new forms of crowd-sourcing and hive-sourcing fulfill old strategies of production outsourcing.


  • Deadline for registration is May 7, 2012
  • Include a short biography and description of your research interests (max. 200 words).
  • The number of participants is limited to 25. In case of more registrations students will be selected on the basis of their research interests.
  • Participation is free of charge.
  • Readings for the masterclass will be distributed in advance. For further questions, please contact the organizer of the workshop dr. Judith Keilbach (  


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