Guest Lecture: Prof. David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)

The CEMESO (Culture, Emancipation, Media & Society) Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Popular Communication Division of NeFCA (The Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association) invite participants to:

“Cultural Markets and Human Flourishing: A Moral Economy of David Bowie”
A guest lecture by Prof. David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds

How should we evaluate the effects of capitalism on media and culture? This talk is about how we might approach this Big Question by using an approach known as moral economy, and endorsing its advocacy of notions of well-being based on flourishing and suffering. Hesmondhalgh argues that such substantive conceptions of well-being are superior to those often used or assumed by economists. The discussion is concretised by considering the recent wave of mourning for English rock star David Bowie. Does Bowie exemplify the cultural effectiveness of markets or their problems?

Place and time
Friday 25 November 14.00 – 16.00 (Aula Q.B.)