Labour in the Cultural Industries

Tuesday, March 14
1pm-3pm
S802 Ross Building
York University
 
featuring
 
The Political Economy of Labour in the Canadian Cultural Industries
Tanner Mirrlees University of Ontario Institute of Technology
 
Experiments in Organizing Freelance Media Workers 
Nicole Cohen University of Toronto
 
Promoting the Digital Self: Cultural Labour and Class Consciousness 
Derek Hrynyshyn York University
 
Organizing in Digital Media 
Katherine Lapointe CWA Canada | Canadian Media Guild
 
 

Tanner Mirrlees is the Director of the Communication and Digital Media Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). His research examines the geopolitical, capitalist economic and ideological drivers and impacts of the ICT and cultural industries in society.  He is the author of Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013), Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016), the co-editor of The Television Reader (Oxford University Press, 2013). Mirrlees’ writing has appeared in scholarly and popular venues. Academia.edu profile:  https://uoit.academia.edu/TannerMirrlees

Nicole Cohen is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and the author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age. She is a member of the international collaborative research group, Cultural Workers Organize (culturalworkersorganize.org).

Derek Hrynyshyn teaches in the department of Communication Studies and in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York. He is author of “Limits to the Digital Revolution: How Mass Media Culture Endures in a Social Media World” from Praeger, which will be in print this month.

Katherine Lapointe is an organizer with CWA Canada and the Canadian Media Guild. Her work focuses on supporting media workers in collectively improving their working conditions and ensuring  meaningful, sustainable jobs in the industry. Katherine also launched the union’s associate membership program, which provides advocacy, mentorship, training and other supports to interns, students and precarious media workers.

Copies of Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013) and Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016) by Tanner Mirrlees, and Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queens, 2016) by Nicole Cohen will be for sale at the event.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The event is co-sponsored by York University’s Departments of Geography, Political Science, and Social Science.

 

Event Poster

 

Audio | Tanner Mirrlees

 

Audio | Katherine Lapointe

 

Audio | Nicole Cohen

 

Audio | Derek Hrynyshyn