Keynote Speaker: Professor Toby Miller
'The Displeasures of the Media Spectacle: Towards an Ecology of Film and Television'
TOBY MILLER joined City University, London, as Professor of Creative Industries in Autumn 2012. A British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist, he is the author or editor of over 30 books, has published essays in more than 100 journals and edited collections, and is a frequent guest commentator on radio and TV. Born in the United Kingdom and brought up in England, India, and Australia, Miller took a first degree in History and Political Science at the Australian National University in 1980 and was awarded a PhD in Philosophy and Communication Studies by Murdoch University in 1991.
He taught at Murdoch, Griffith University, the University of New South Wales and New York University before joining the University of California, Riverside to chair a new Department of Media and Cultural Studies. He has been Media Scholar in Residence at Sarai, the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in India, Becker Lecturer at the University of Iowa, a Queensland Smart Returns Fellow in Australia, an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, a Visiting Fellow at the Alberta Global Forum in Canada, and an International Collaborator at the Centre for Cultural Research in Australia.
In his new book with Richard Maxwell, Greening the Media (2012), Miller debunks the idea that information and communication technologies are 'clean' and ecologically benign and proposes a new ecology of the media landscape. Also published in 2012, his Blow Up the Humanities offers a telling critique of the public/private split in U.S. Humanities education. These follow on from such recent books as International Cultural Studies: An Anthology (2005), Global Hollywood 2 (2005), Nuevo Hollywood: Del Imperialismo Cultural a las Leyes del Marketing (2005), Cultural Policy (2006). Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (2007), Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention (2008), A Companion to Cultural Studies (2009), The Contemporary Hollywood Reader (2009); and Television Studies: The Basics (2010).
In the previous decade his books included The Well-Tempered Self: Citizenship, Culture, and the Postmodern Subject (1993); Contemporary Australian Television(1994), The Avengers (1997), Technologies of Truth: Cultural Citizenship and the Popular Media (1998), Popular Culture and Everyday Life (1998), SportCult (1999), A Companion to Film Theory (1999), Film and Theory: An Anthology(2000) Globalization and Sport: Playing the World (2001), Sportsex (2001), Global Hollywood (2001), A Companion to Cultural Studies (2001), The Television Genre Book (2001), Cultural Policy (2002), Television Studies (2002), Critical Cultural Policy Studies: A Reader (2003), Television Studies: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (2003), Spyscreen: Espionage on Film and TV from the 1930s to the 1960s (2003), Global Hollywood (2003).