This original, sharp, and engaging book draws the reader into a compelling exploration of cultural studies in the twenty-first century. It offers a level-headed account of where cultural studies has come from, the methodological and theoretical dilemmas that it faces today, and an agenda for its future development. In an age in which the relevance of cultural studies has been called into question, this book seeks to generate debate. Focusing upon the actual practice of cultural studies within higher education today, it asks whether or not cultural studies has really managed to maintain a connection with its original political and ethical mission and comments on the strategies needed to regain the initiative.
Chapter 5: Internationalizing Cultural Studies: From Diaspora to Indigeneity
The 2010 Cultural Crossroads conference, the biennial meeting of the international Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), was held in Hong Kong. The choice of location reflects the organization's objective of shifting the international focus of cultural studies beyond its original Anglo-American axis so that it might genuinely engage with the practice of cultural studies in non-Anglophone, non-Western locations. The intention to do this has been there from the beginning but it has been particularly evident in recent years: the 2006 conference was the first to be held outside the ‘Northern European and North American centres of “academic English” cultural studies’ (Morris and Wright, 2009), in Istanbul, and the 2008 conference was in Kingston, Jamaica1. Such choices indicate ACS's commitment to address what has been a longstanding ...