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University of Westminster Press and Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies are pleased to mark the first publication of UWP, Critical Theory of Communication, by Professor Christian Fuchs. It is the first book in a new book series entitled Critical Digital and Social Media Studies.

Professor Christian Fuchs will be giving an introduction to his new book that revisits writings of Frankfurt School authors in the age of the Internet. He argues that today we need to transcend Habermas' communication theory by establishing a dialectical and cultural-materialist critical theory of communication. The approach he takes starts from Georg Lukács' "Ontology of Social Being" and draws on works by Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Axel Honneth. It sets these approaches into a dialogue with Raymond Williams’ cultural materialism, outlining why such analysis is so vital for understanding a world dominated by the likes of Facebook,Google, Amazon and other corporate technology multinationals. 

Programme

Introduction 
by University of Westminster Provost Professor Graham Megson

Setting up a university press in the digital age 
by Andrew Lockett, Press Manager, University of Westminster Press

Critical Theory of Communication: New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet 
talk by Professor Christian Fuchs, Director of Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies

Registration

This event is free to attend. Register on Eventbrite.  

Contact

For queries about the event, please contact Denise Rose Hansen, Institute for Advanced Studies [email protected]

Biography

Professor Christian Fuchs is the Director of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Communication and Media Research Institute. He is editor of the journaltripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and a member of the European Sociological Association's Executive Committee. His fields of work are critical theory of society; critical digital media studies; information, media, communication & society.

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