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Dear Friends

I’d like to take the liberty of announcing the availability of my new edited volume THE RENEWAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES.

I’m hoping that you’ll find it interesting enough not only to buy a copy but also to help spread the word about what I hope will be an important intervention into discussions of Cultural Studies, its nature and its project.

In any case, please take a look at the details of the book on my website:


Many thanks!


“Paul Smith is one of the foremost practitioners of cultural studies. Here he has gathered people together to go beyond the old question — What is cultural studies?’ The outcome is a bold intervention into the human sciences that offers a radical rethinking of where we stand today.” —Toby Miller, author of Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention

The Renewal of Cultural Studies offers a panoramic view of the field of Cultural Studies, its assumptions, and its methodologies. Editor Paul Smith and thirty contributors map out new directions that will redefine and sustain the field of cultural studies.

In twenty-seven original essays, cultural studies is examined in relation to other disciplines—e.g. history, anthropology, literature, media, and American studies. The discipline is reviewed in the context of globalization, in relation to topics such as war, public policy, and labor, its pedagogy and politics, and in Marxist, feminist, and environmentalist contexts.

Smith wants to establish theoretical and methodological common ground among cultural studies scholars. Providing a ‘state of the discipline,’ The Renewal of Cultural Studies asks, ‘What can and should the field of Cultural Studies be doing now?’



1. Introduction • Paul Smith

2. The Project of Cultural Studies: Heretical Doubts, New Horizon • Nick Couldry

3. The Nightmare Voice of Feminism: Feminism and Cultural Studies • Carol A. Stabile

4. Cultural Studies: Always Already Disciplinary • Randall K. Cohn, Sara Regina Mitcho and John M. Woolsey

5. From Ideology Critique to Intellectuality: Towards a Neo-Gramscian Political Pedagogy for Cultural Studies • Henry Krips

6. Attack of the Fifty-Foot Anthology! Adventures in Teaching Cultural Studies • Julie Rak

7. The Literary: Cultural Capital and the Specter of Elitism • Denise Albanese

8. New Aestheticism, the Culture Industry, and the Postcolonial Novel • Deepika Bahri

9. Cultural Studies and Theory: Once More from the Top with Feeling • Clare Birchall and Gary Hall

10. Cultural Studies and the Discourse of New Media • David Golumbia

11. Lost Objects: The Museum of Cinema • Sharon Willis

12. Three Dialectics for Media Studies • Matthew Tinkcom

13. What Cultural Studies Did to Anthropological Ethnography: From Baroque Textual Aesthetics Back to the Design of the Scenes of Inquiry • George E. Marcus

14. Longing for the Ethnographic • Lisa Breglia

15. ‘So-Called Cultural Histories’: Cultural Studies and History in the Age of One World • Michael Denning

16. A Marxist Methodology for Cultural Studies: Analyzing (Over)Production of the Commodity Sign • Max Gulias

17. Marxism after Cultural Studies • Randy Martin

18. Out of Context: Thinking Cultural Studies Diasporically • Grant Farred

19. Toward a Vulgar Cultural Studies • Eric Cazdyn

20. Where Is the “Economy”? Cultural Studies and Narratives of Capitalism • S. Charusheela

21. Cultural Studies and ‘Latin America’: Reframing the Questions • Sophia A. McClennen

22. Cultural Studies to Come • Mahmut Mutman

23. Do the Math: Cultural Studies into Public Policy Needs a New Equation • Marcus Breen

24. Culture and War • Timothy W. Luke

25. Communication and Cultural Labor • Vincent Mosco

26. Towards a Green Marxist Cultural Studies: Notes on Labor, Nature, and the Historical Specificity of Capitalism • Michelle Yates

27. Cultural Studies: A Conversation • Andrew Ross and Paul Smith





Paul Smith

Professor, Cultural Studies

George Mason University

703 993 4206

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Cultural Marxism


Call for Essays: Culture, Theory and Critique special themed issue on Marxism and Cultural Studies (special thanks to Indiana University’s Cultural Studies Program)

Many accounts of the emergence and development of Cultural Studies accord a central place to Marxism, both as a body of knowledge and as an important ideological component of the New Left. The rediscovery of the writings of Antonio Gramsci, George Luckacs, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor Adorno, among others, along with the formation of the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies, led to a general renaissance of Marxist theory and cultural analysis, which in turn resulted in ground-breaking studies of working class culture, the political role of new social movements that were not class based, the power of ideology and mass culture in sustaining existing social relations, and critical analyses of state-authoritarianism. As Cultural Studies crossed the Atlantic and gained an institutional foothold in the United States, some have feared that its engagement with Marxism has been diluted through an over emphasis on the subversive potentialities of mass media and consumer capitalism.

Some possible questions to consider:

 * How do we understand the relationship between the base and superstructure today?

* Does ideology critique still have an ongoing usefulness?

* Do globalization and the world recession require new objects of study?

* To what extent does Marxism provide a utopian impulse for existing social movements?

* Do iterations of Cultural Studies in South Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, the Middle East, and
Eastern Europe retain a commitment to Marxism and how is this work revitalizing the field more broadly?

* Does the Marxist imperative to historicize challenge current paradigms of cultural analysis such as
the “New Formalism”?

* What exactly does a historical materialist methodology enable?

* How do we articulate media analyses with questions of political economy, geo-politics, and activism?

* What is the role of the intellectual in Cultural Studies?

We welcome essays that address any of these issues. The questions are not meant to be proscriptive, however, and we welcome queries about possible article content.

Abstracts (250-500 words) due September 15, 2011; final essays need to be submitted for peer review by October 31, 2011. Length 5,000-7,000 words including notes.

Send proposals and essays to Joan Hawkins, editor and Jen Heusel, editorial assistant

Culture, Theory and Critique is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal for the transformation and development of critical theories in the humanities and social sciences. It aims to critique and reconstruct theories by interfacing them with one another and by relocating them in new sites and conjunctures. Culture, Theory and Critique’s approach to theoretical refinement and innovation is one of interaction and hybridisation via recontextualisation and transculturation.


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