Global media are in rapid transition, challenged by and co-evolving with large social forces such as globalization and technological advancements. Great challenges bring unprecedented opportunities for organizational innovation, entrepreneurship, and social changes. New theoretical and methodological perspectives are required to grasp the complex interaction between media, communication, and society at the global scale, especially how states, markets, and organizations shape and are shaped by disruptive innovations in media production, distribution, and usage.
The Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin has one of the top-ranked global media studies programs in the U.S. and beyond. Peer institutions, like the University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, or University of Wisconsin, frequently bring in prominent global media scholars for colloquia, lectures, or workshops.
The Global Media Industries Speaker Series aims to bring scholars and practitioners to UT Austin to discuss the latest trends of global media with UT faculty and students. Articulating interdisciplinary, global and network perspectives, it will facilitate professional development of graduate students in RTF, the Moody College of Communication, and other UT units.
The 2017-2018 Global Media Industries Speaker Series is sponsored by the Graduate School’s Fund for Academic Enrichment, the Department of Radio-TV-Film, and the professorships of Sharon Strover, Karin Wilkins, and Joseph Straubhaar.
The Global Media Industries Speaker Series is organized by Dr. Wenhong Chen with the assistance of PhD students Maria Skouras and Gejun Huang.