Friday, April 30, 2010

Australia Media Policy Conferece - Media and Cultural Studies Meetings | CCI

Are you an early career researcher, postgraduate student, postdoc, RA or sessional staff member working in Media and Cultural Studies?

MACS is a cross-institutional network of early career researchers, postgraduate students, postdocs, RAs and sessional staff working in Media and Cultural Studies across Brisbane. Our meetings provide a regular platform for discussing issues relating to these roles as well as an opportunity to contribute to wider debates taking place in the field. MACS is currently active at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, and meetings are hosted alternatively across these two institutions (see dates below).

The idea for the MACS network arose from a sense that PhD students and junior staff are often at a distance from existing forms of collaboration between researchers in different universities within the one city. While much emphasis is placed on the end product of research, and there are plenty of avenues for presenting and publishing our work, the early stages of an academic career involve particular anxieties that can be ameliorated with the support of a community of peers. The MACS group is an attempt to create a space for discussing everything to do with our work aside from the end product, to share accumulated knowledge and resources to gain insight into the options available within our field of research.

So for QUT early career researchers, postgraduate students, postdocs, RAs and sessional staff working in Media and Cultural Studies who are interested in socialising with people in similar stages in their careers across universities and discussing issues relevant to their current development and employment as emerging professionals, MACS is the avenue for this.

Brisbane has played a strong role in the history of Media and Cultural Studies in Australia. The MACS initiative is one way to make sure the field remains visible to new cohorts of students while retaining the facilitative and collegial role that can distinguish it from other academic career paths.

For more details QUT’s contact is Mark Ryan – Email: m3.ryan@qut.edu.au

Are you on Facebook? Join the MACS Group: http://uqedu.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5017818292

Tentative dates for 2010 are:
8 May 2010 - TBA
12 June 2010 - TBA
14 August 2010 - TBA
3 September 2010 - TBA
9 October 2010 - TBA

http://www.cci.edu.au/events/macs-media-and-cultural-studies-meetings

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