Make It Work: Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy

Make It Work, Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy session at 2016 Cultural Studies Association Conference

Make It Work: Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy

May 3, 2016 Blog

When: Thursday June 2, 2016. 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Where: Cultural Studies Association conference, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA

To register for the conference

Cost: The roundtable is free, but the conference is not. If you’d like to attend the roundtable but can’t afford to register for the whole conference, email us at

Event Description:

Some of us work with nonprofits. Some of us run our own businesses. Some of us publish podcasts and digital magazines. Some of us are nontenure-track faculty. While we’re differently positioned in relation to the crises of the neoliberal university, post-ac/alt-ac folks are putting our Cultural Studies training to work in versatile and fulfilling ways. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss the unique challenges practitioners face when doing cultural studies-related work without the backing of an academic institution. Led by 3 Cultural Studies PhDs who direct vibrant social justice-oriented cultural projects (including Ideas on Fire!) beyond, within, and in collaboration with the academy, the roundtable will explore how artists, activists, editors, podcast hosts, writers, filmmakers, media makers, nonprofit directors, librarians, and museum directors are remaking what cultural studies means and what kind of worlds it can create. Participants who create cultural studies-inflected work beyond the academy are encouraged to attend, as are folks who want to learn how to translate their academic work into other mediums and engage new audiences. Topics discussed will include funding your projects, finding time to work on projects when adjuncting or working another day job, finding the right medium, navigating between and across diverse audiences, community collaborations, bringing altac/postac work into the classroom, and the differences between academic and non-academic contexts for cultural studies-inflected work.


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Cathy Hannabach: Cathy is the president of Ideas on Fire, and loves helping progressive, interdisciplinary academics rock their careers and build the worlds they want to see.