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Utrecht Centre for TV/Screen Cultures in Transition


4 December 2017
15:30 - 17:30
Department Media and Culture Studies, Munstraat 2a, 3512 Utrecht, room # 1.11

Jobs from the Cloud – Vicki Mayer, Tulane University

TViT – lecture:
Jobs from the Cloud
Vicki Mayer, Tulane University, New Orleans
In 2016, the conversation that I had with strangers in Groningen and about the region included the phrase “Google is coming.” This year similarly I now know “Google is here.” This everyday discourse formally refers to the construction of the largest data center in Europe. My research seeks to uncover what that discourse additionally means symbolically and practically to the people in the region, and in particular the future of employment there. Ultimately I am hoping to theorize the relationship between the aura of high tech companies and their roles as participants in statecraft. This talk is situated in the fieldwork process. I look forward to the discussion and critiques.
Vicki Mayer is Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University, New Orleans, and in 2017/18 guest professor at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University. Vicki research interest are media audiences, production studies and communication labor, citizenship and culture, Latin American and Latino media and alternative and community media. Her latest book – Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy (Berkely: UC Press) has been launched two weeks ago. Vicki is also author of Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy (Duke University Press, 2011) and editor of Television and New Media.
Date: Monday, December 4th
Time: 15.30-17.30
Location: Department of Media and Culture Studies, Munstraat 2a, 3512 EV Utrecht, # 1.11)