New Media and the Creative Economy

Friday, March 22, 10:00-11:00 am
Williams Building 013, Common Room

New Media and the Creative Economy: A Colloquium with Alan Liu

For the next meeting of the Digital Scholars group, we have the special opportunity of hearing from a leading scholar in the field. Alan Liu will be presenting as part of the FSU English department’s colloquium on “Creative Labor and the Humanities” at 10:00 am on Friday, March 22, in the basement floor of the Williams Building (013). Liu is professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with UCSB’s program in Media Arts & Technology and the Transliteracies Project. Trained as a Romanticist, Liu has also worked extensively in new media and knowledge work, and has made several notable contributions to the digital humanities community. Here’s a short selection of his writings and projects you might wish to check out in advance:

Liu’s talk is titled “Mickey Mouse Creativity: New Media Arts after the Ideology of Creativity.” The colloquium description and full day’s schedule follows:

This colloquium explores the relation between the Humanities and what scholars have recently termed the “creative economy” — post-industrial work regimes that profit by abstracting, exchanging, and marketing ideas rather than manufacturing objects or commodities. What does this latest phase of capitalist production mean for the academic professions? How are students prepared for this economy and what does it mean to participate in it?

10:00-11:00: Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara
11:30-12:30: Jan Bultman, political media consultant and social media strategist
2:00-3:00: David W. Robinson, formerly of Georgia Southern University, now at Microsoft
3:30-4:30: Andrew Ross, New York University
4:30-5:00: Roundtable Discussion

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