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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

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After Globalization
Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7794-8 – Hardcover – 264 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

In lively and unflinching prose, Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman argue that contemporary thought about the world is disabled by a fatal flaw: the inability to think “an after” to globalization. After establishing seven theses (on education, morality, history, future, capitalism, nation, and common sense) that challenge the false promises that sustain this time-limit, After Globalization examines four popular thinkers (Thomas Friedman, Richard Florida, Paul Krugman and Naomi Klein) and how their work is dulled by these promises. Cazdyn and Szeman then speak to students from around the globe who are both unconvinced and uninterested in these promises and who understand the world very differently than the way it is popularly represented.

After Globalization argues that a true capacity to think an after to globalization is the very beginning of politics today.

“Relentlessly, remorselessly, endlessly, we are told there is no alternative to globalization, whether our lecturers are bourgeois economists, progressive journalists, or imaginative litterateurs. Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman dare to go beyond the standard thinking of the day and query the very heart of mobile capital and its impact on daily life. Their alternative vision breathes new life into our sense of evolution and inevitability.” –—Toby Miller, author of Globalization and Sport and Global Hollywood

“Cazdyn and Szeman begin the with the idea that the current economic crisis has historicized globalization, turning it from a process that looked as inevitable as, say, global warming still does, into an episode in the history of capitalism: hence the possibility not just of more globalization but of an ‘after globalization.’ And hence also, they argue, the renewed possibility of an ‘after capitalism.’ In powerful critiques of what they describe as the common sense of capital today they sketch out the terms in which changes more radical than substituting generous and honest leaders for the greedy and dishonest ones we’ve currently got might begin to be imagined.” –—Walter Benn Michaels, University of Illinois at Chicago

Eric Cazdyn is Professor of Cultural and Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. He is author of The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (2003) and the forthcoming book, The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Medicine.

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor of Cultural Theory: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell 2010), author of Zones of Instability: Literature, Postcolonialism and the Nation (2003) and co-author of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2nd. ed. 2009).

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culturalstudies – A new Podcast by Toby Miller

The new podcast, ‘culturalstudies’, began this month, produced by Toby Miller.

The people involved thus far, each with a program devoted to their work, are:

Doug Kellner
Sarah Banet-Weiser
Tiffany López
Ellen Seiter
Bill Grantham
David Theo Goldberg
Plus the latest is a conversation with Armida de la Garza, Germán Gil Curiel, and Israel Tonatiuh Lay on Mexican Film (this conversation is in Spanish, the others are in English)

One can hear the podcasts at  or subscribe at the iTunes store, under ‘culturalstudies’

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