JMU Cultural Studies is dedicated to exploring culture in terms of material, symbolic, and aesthetic practices as well as media technologies. The key question asked by cultural studies is how such practices and technologies express, constitute, or transform power relations.
We are particularly interested in:
- Intersections between cultural studies and GLOBALIZATION studies (practices of local, national and global 'worldmaking' in contemporary and historical perspective; 'terrains of consciousness')
- Intersections between cultural studies and LINGUISTICS ('languaging'; articulation; the cultural significance of 'voice')
- Intersections between cultural studies and the critical study of DIGITIZATION/DIGITALIZATION and MEDIALITIES (technologies and practices of 'networking'; networked cultures; transmediation)
- Intersections between cultural studies and (popular) MUSIC studies or SOUND studies
- Intersections between cultural studies and the ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES
- And, not least: CULTURAL STUDIES itself as a project of engaged scholarship with national, transnational, historical and theoretical dimensions