Workers in the cultural, media and creative industries are often required to inhabit or even ‘become’ their jobs, to immerse themselves, without question according to a visiting UK sociologist.
In its more positive versions, there is a recurrent idea that captures that special moment of perfect creative synthesis between worker and the work– the moment of ‘being in the zone’ (BITZ).
Dr Mark Banks from the The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK will examine BITZ from a sociological perspective at a free public lecture at Monash University.
Dr Banks said BITZ describes the epitomic, optimal fusion of the productive mind and the labouring body.
“The aim is to challenge affirmative (often psychologistic) readings of BITZ that seek to de-politicise the conditions of its emergence and gloss over its less progressive social effects,” Dr Banks said.
Dr Banks will also discuss whether BITZ simply represents another form of oppression, or does it retain some potential for informing and shaping understandings of better kinds of cultural work.
Dr Banks’ visit is being hosted by the Research Unit in Media Studies (RUMS), a collective of Monash researchers who practice and promote media-based scholarship in Australia and internationally.
RUMS Co-Director, Associate Professor Brett Hutchins said we were lucky to have a visit from a scholar of Dr Banks’ standing.
“This is an important lecture that connects with the lived experiences of the many students and professionals who we engage both through our research and teaching,” Associate Professor Hutchins said.
Dr Banks is reader in sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He is the author of The Politics of Cultural Work (2007) and co-editor (with Rosalind Gill and Stephanie Taylor) of Theorising Cultural Work (2013). He has written extensively on work in the cultural and creative industries, cultural policy and cultural value – most recently in relation to craft workers, artists and jazz musicians.
‘Being in the Zone’ of Cultural Work will take place on Thursday 2 May, 3-4.30pm in Building T, Room 2.26 at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. It is part of RUMS’ 2013 Seminar Series.
For more information contact Associate Professor Brett Hutchins on 03 9903 2098 or Brett.Hutchins@monash.edu.
Monash musician honoured by Royal Academy of Music
A multi-award winning Monash researcher has been recognised by one of the world’s foremost academies … Continue reading Monash musician honoured by Royal Academy of Music
The Big Idea Competition
Interested in doing something positive for your community? Do you see yourself as a little … Continue reading The Big Idea Competition
Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
by Howard Manns Wars, soldiers and remembrance, not surprisingly, have a large impact on language. … Continue reading Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembrance
Expanding research paradigms: new Digital Humanities unit available at Monash Arts
Are you interested in learning about cutting edge digital research and interdisciplinary collaboration approaches in … Continue reading Expanding research paradigms: new Digital Humanities unit available at Monash Arts
Monash graduates make their mark at News Corp
Monash journalism graduates are scoring key roles and winning awards at News Corp publications, particularly the … Continue reading Monash graduates make their mark at News Corp
Special Seminar on the Dramatic World of Jon Fosse with May-Brit Akerholt
The Centre for Theatre and Performance is hosting a special seminar on the Dramatic World … Continue reading Special Seminar on the Dramatic World of Jon Fosse with May-Brit Akerholt
The state of imprisonment in Australia: it’s time to take stock
by Dr Marie Segrave This article introduces The Conversation’s series, State of Imprisonment, which provides snapshots … Continue reading The state of imprisonment in Australia: it’s time to take stock
Monash at the Malthouse: Panel Discussion – ‘Meme Girls’
The second Monash Panel Discussion uses Meme Girls as a starting point to discuss post-gender expression in the … Continue reading Monash at the Malthouse: Panel Discussion – ‘Meme Girls’
Iconic boab trees trace journeys of ancient Aboriginal people
by Haripriya Rangan Baobabs, the iconic bottle trees of Africa and Madagascar, have a single … Continue reading Iconic boab trees trace journeys of ancient Aboriginal people
When jihadists post selfies the government struggles to respond
By Noor Huda Ismail Like many of us, jihadists with Islamic State (IS) like to … Continue reading When jihadists post selfies the government struggles to respond
Saudi incursion in Yemen more about security than sectarianism
by Ben Rich With claims that Saudi Arabia has mobilised 150,000 ground troops for its … Continue reading Saudi incursion in Yemen more about security than sectarianism
American revolution on Australian radio
The face of radio documentary making in Australia is changing, driven by American influences and … Continue reading American revolution on Australian radio