The Politics of Academic Labor in Communication Studies

These essays appeared together as a feature special section in Volume 5 (2011) of the International Journal of Communication.  My thanks to the authors for their contributions.

Section Intro:

The Politics of Academic Labor in Communication Studies: A Re-Introduction — Jonathan Sterne

Structural Issues:

Academic Labor and the Literature of Discontent in Communication — Thomas A. Discenna

The Contingency of (Some) Academic Labor: Communication Studies and the Cognitariat — Toby Miller

The Uneasy Institutional Position of Communication and Media Studies and Its Impact on Academic Labor — Michael Griffin

First They Came for Everyone: The Assault on Civil Society is an Injury to All — Victor Pickard

Contradictions and Administration:

Who’s Sitting in the President’s Box?: Development and the Neoliberal University — Carol Stabile

Reflecting on Academic Labor from the Other Side — Fernando Delgado

Confessions of a Reluctant Manager in the Academic Labor System — Anonymous

Administration in the Neo-Liberal World — Anonymous

Rethinking Careers:

Four Myths About Academic Labor — Amy M. Pason

Of Careers and Curricula Vitae: Losing Track of Academic Professionalism — Kathleen F. McConnell

Feminist Labor in Media Studies/Communication: Is Self-Branding Feminist Practice? — Sarah Banet-Weiser and Alexandra Juhasz

Rethinking Work:

PowerPoint and Labor in the Mediated Classroom — Ira Wagman and Michael Z. Newman

Canned Courses: Lecture Capture, Podcasting and the Transformations of Academic Labor — Mark Hayward

The Visible College — Ted Striphas


Negotiating Labor and Management in the French Context — Jayson Harsin

A Modest Proposal, and Its Consequences — Kembrew McLeod

Product UG and Critical Visioning in Communication Studies — Joel Saxe

Getting to “Not Especially Strange”: Embracing Participatory-Advocacy Communication Research for Social Justice — Michelle Rodino-Colocino