Crossroads 2018 has an exciting line up

Lawrence Grossberg

Lawrence Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication and Cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (since 1994), and he has held additional appointments in American Studies, Anthropology and Geography. He studied at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (Birmingham, England) and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1976. He has been honored for his scholarship, teaching and mentorship by the International Communication Association, the (U.S.) National Communication Association and the University of North Carolina. He has been the editor of the journal Cultural Studies from 1990 through 2018.

His work has focused on the specificity of cultural studies, developments in contemporary theory, and the relation of the popular (as affect) to the changing political culture of the U.S. He has researched: U.S. popular music, youth culture and politics; the changing conditions of children in the U.S.; value theory: multiple modernities; the state of progressive oppositional struggles and the nature of countercultures; and the rise of new configurations/alliances of conservatism and capitalism (including the New Right and recent populist conservatisms). He has written ten books and edited another eleven, published over 200 essays and dozens of interviews. His recent books include Cultural Studies In the Future Tense, We All Want to Change the World (available free online), Under the Cover of Chaos, and (co-edited) Stuart Hall, Cultural Studies 1983. His work has been translated into eighteen languages and he has lectured all over the world.

He is currently working on two a number of projects before retirning: Reality is bad enough why should I care about ontology (a sympathetic critique of the speculative/ontological turn), What’s it all about: A crash course in theory, and hopefully, an edited volume of Stuart Hall’s writings on cultural studies.

Conference abstract

Pessimism of the will, optimism of the intellect: A life in cultural studies