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Introduction

This reading group argues for a participatory turn in sociable (web) media. At the bi-weekly meetings graduate students in the Department of Media Study present, read, and discuss the offered material that approaches the issues with texts out of the fields of cultural theory, sociology, and art. The small group considers issues like generosity and participation in art, dialogical aesthetics, and the precariousness of contemporary labor.

Participants write responses to the readings and relate the presented ideas to their own work as cultural producers. As part of this reading group contributors will develop a regular writing practice based on critical conversations with the selected texts. The resulting textual fragments will be helpful in the topical orientation needed for a final thesis. These written "replies" to the texts are not merely summaries; they lead to  the creation of a discursive, dialogical space. This process challenges the participants to position themselves within the largeer discursive media landscape.

-Trebor Scholz

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