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Issue 8.2


The Labour of Media (Studies):
Activism, Education, and Industry

edited by the medialabour collective
The Labour of Media (Studies):
Activism, Education, and Industry

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Individual Chapters



medialabour collective

Thought Pieces

Pedagogies of Paradox in Media Studies and Media Labour

Vicki Mayer

“If I Was Moved…”: Doing Digital Ethnography in the Fields of Pornhub

Rebecca Holt

Expert or Idiot? On False Dilemmas in Digital Media Research

Patrick Vonderau

Learning to Diversify the Media Labour Force

Errol Salamon

Fight to Win: The Political Contours of Graduate Student Organizing

Jacqueline Ristola

Extracting Concepts

Brett Neilson and Ned Rossiter


A Conversation on Reproductive Work and the University with Silvia Federici

Ylenia Olibet and Kerry McElroy

Parsing Out Intersections Between Activism and Academia with Alessandra Renzi

Sima Kokotović


Letting Fieldwork Speak Back

Mariz Kelada

Filmmaking as Militant Co-Research

Gino Canella

HOMING – The Homes of Women of Our Rural Home: Documentary Co-Creation as a Practice of Unforgetting

Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier

Between Practice and Praxis: Why I Am Not an Artivist

Kerry Guinan

Book Reviews

Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson. Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood

Ishita Tiwary

Jane Gaines. Pink Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?

Meredith Slifkin

Vicki Mayer. Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy

Mark Barber

Jean Chung Hye. Media Heterotopias: Digital Effects and Material Labor in Global Film Production

Sarika Joglekar

Brooke Erin Duffy. (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work

Claudia Sicondolfo

Greg Goldberg. Antisocial Media: Anxious Labor in the Digital Economy

Kristen Cochrane

Julie A. Wilson and Emily Chivers Yochim. Mothering Through Precarity: Women’s Work and Digital Media

Anne-Marie Trépanier

Event Reviews

Front Row Seat at the “Debate of the Century”: Slavoj Zizek vs. Jordan Peterson, April 19th, 2019

Joaquín Serpe

A Reflection on Precarity: The Institute for Urban Futures and Le Banquet des Précariats

Sadie Gilker


Notes on Contributors

Synoptique Editors

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