Book launch: Critical Theory of Communication
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster
Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18.30

University of Westminster Press and Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies are pleased to mark the first book publication from UWP, Critical Theory of Communication, by Professor Christian Fuchs. It is the first book in a new book series entitled Critical Digital and Social Media Studies.

Professor Christian Fuchs will be giving an introduction to his new book that revisits writings of Frankfurt School authors in the age of the Internet. He argues that today we need to transcend Habermas’ communication theory by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication. The approach he takes starts from Georg Lukács’ “Ontology of Social Being” and draws on works by Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Axel Honneth. It sets these approaches into a dialogue with Raymond Williams’ cultural materialism, outlining why such analysis is so vital for understanding a world dominated by the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon and other corporate technology multinationals.

Introduction by University of Westminster Provost Professor Graham Megson

Setting up a university press in the digital age Andrew Lockett, Press Manager, University of Westminster Press

Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet talk by Professor Christian Fuchs, Director of Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies

Event details and registration
Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18.30
Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street
The event is free, but registration is required: register at Eventbrite.

Denise Rose Hansen, Executive Assistant, Institute for Advanced Studies

Professor Christian Fuchs is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and a member of the European Sociological Association’s Executive Committee. His fields of work are critical theory of society; critical digital media studies; information, media, communication & society.

Critical Digital and Social Media Studies

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