The Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation present an evening of public lectures by Joe Karaganis (Social Science
Research Council, New York) and Ravi Sundaram (Sarai/Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi) on the topic of media piracy and informal economies.
1. MEDIA PIRACY IN EMERGING ECONOMIES: Joe Karaganis
This presentation will introduce a major collaborative study of music, film, and software piracy conducted in India, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, and Mexico between 2007 and 2010. The study focuses on the relationship between the licit and illicit media markets in these
countries, and on the emergence of enforcement as a primary concern of the knowledge economy.
Joe Karaganis is Media, Technology and Culture program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York. His work focuses on
changes in the organization of cultural production in the digital context and on the intersection between information policy and social practice. He is editor of the collection Structures of Participation in Digital Culture (SSRC, 2007).
2. POSTCOLONIAL MEDIA AFTER THE INFORMAL: Ravi Sundaram
Informality has arrived on the postcolonial media landscape with a kinetic force in the last two decades. More media is now distributed through bazaars, small markets, street vendors and neighbourhood
retail that ever before. Informality is seen as a threat by large media industries, who see it as distributing pirate media or simply indifferent to the Law of Property. Informality, once a grey zone of paralegal production and work for economists, now presents media
research with a series of new research questions. What are the stakes for media after the informal? What is the relationship between the practices of postcolonial informality and the larger landscape of new media? Is there a connection between the street market and the world
after Wikileaks? This lecture will suggest that we are entering a new media condition today that may disrupt many of the received models of cultural modernity of the last 100 years.
Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing
Societies, Delhi and Co-Director of the Sarai programme on Media and Urban Culture. He is the author of Pirate Modernity: Delhi's Media Urbanism (Routledge, 2009).
Respondents: Stuart Cunningham (ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative
Industries and Innovation, QUT), Kathy Bowrey (Faculty of Law, UNSW), Julian Thomas (Institute for Social Research, Swinburne).
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2011
VENUE: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria (enter
via 179 La Trobe St)