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Nico Carpentier gives Seminar for AHCS graduate students and faculty

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Media@McGill seminar with AHCS graduate students and faculty

"The community media assemblage:

community media theory through the lens of the discursive-material knot"

Nico Carpentier, Uppsala University


Wednesday, 4 October 2017


The starting point for the discussion is a section from the book "The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation" (Peter Lang, 2017), entitled "Defining Community Media Organizations" (pp. 118-155). This section revisits earlier work on community media and participation (Carpentier et al., 2003), which argued for a combination of four approaches to better understand community media organizations: serving the community, being an alternative to the mainstream, being part of civil society and being part of a rhizome, all of which were structured through the nodal point of participation. In Carpentier's more recent work, more attention is spent on embedding community media theory in an ontology that combines attention for the discursive and the material, in the search for a non-hierarchical combination of discourse theory and new materialism. These theoretical reflections also allow highlighting the contingency of assemblages, the political nature of their fixations, and the role of agential matter. In "The Discursive-Material Knot", this rethinking and re-reading of community media theory is illustrated and strengthened by a detailed case study on the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), a community media assemblage that combines a participatory agenda with a conflict transformation agenda.

Nico Carpentier is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the Department of Informatics and Media of Uppsala University, Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Docent at Charles University in Prague. His latest book is The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation. More information (and his open access publications) can be found at