Global Media Industry Speaker Series

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Global Media Industries Speaker Series


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 facilitates the professional development of graduate students in RTF, the Moody College of Communication, and other UT units.

The Global Media Industries Speaker Series is sponsored by the Graduate School’s Fund for Academic Enrichment, the Department of Radio-Television-Film, the Center for Entertainment and Media Industries (CEMI), and the School of Journalism and Media.

The Global Media Industries Speaker Series is organized by Dr. Wenhong Chen with the assistance of PhD students Maria Skouras and Josh Xiao.


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Spring 2021

Feb. 11 - Madhavi Mallapragada

Associate Professor, UT Austin Radio-Television-Film
3:30–4:45 pm CST
"Diversity Narratives in Media Industries"
via Zoom: 96066531826

Feb. 25 - Iris Chyi

Associate Professor, UT Austin School of Journalism & Media
3:30–4:45 pm CST
"(Perhaps) the Final Verdict on U.S. Newspapers’ Paywall Experiment: The Impact of COVID-19"
via Zoom: 94219270755

Mar. 4 - Youjeong Oh

Associate Professor, UT Austin Asian Studies
3:30–4:45 pm CST
"Instagrammable Places: Aesthetic Representation and Contested Urban Transformation"
via Zoom: 91586390499

Mar. 11 - Peter Kunze

Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University
3:30–4:45 pm CST
"Failure Analysis as Industry Study; or, How Do You Solve a Problem like Mulan?"
via Zoom: 95663771025

Apr. 22 - Swapnil Rai

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
3:30–4:45 pm CST
"Star power, Cinephilia and Cultural Diplomacy: Unpacking the affective, industrial, and technological contours of Bollywood's inroads into China"
via Zoom: 99163725675

Fall 2020

Sept. 17 - Lee Rainie

Director of Internet and Technology research at the Pew Research Center
3:30–4:45 pm CDT
via Zoom: 910 2391 2219

Sept. 21 - Irene Wu

Georgetown University and Federal Communications Commission
9:00–10:00 am CDT
via Zoom: 975 6525 3156

Oct. 8 - Kyle Barnett

Associate Professor of Media Studies, Department of Communication at Bellarmine University.
3:30–4:45 pm CDT
Join via Zoom.

Oct. 16 – Jingrong Tong

Senior Lecturer in Digital News Cultures at the University of Sheffield
9:00–10:00 am CDT
via Zoom

Oct. 29 – Keith Hampton

Professor, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
3:30–4:45 pm CT
via Zoom