Student Workshop

During this two-day symposium, we seek to (re)engage with Debord’s pivotal work and attempt to delve into not only its historical significance, but to also ask new questions about the book’s contemporary relevance. On the morning of November 24, we will organise a student-led workshop, a space for emerging researchers to share their thoughts, ideas and work related to The Society of the Spectacle.

We invite proposals for short, 10-minute papers which engage with the notion of the ‘spectacle’ with both its contemporary and historical relevance and on its use as a theoretical or practical tool. Motivations for papers may include, but are not limited to, the following disciplinary themes, interests and topics:

  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Modernist and postmodernist philosophy
  • Post-war French intellectual theory
  • Media studies and the critique of media
  • The critique of everyday life
  • Migration and the centrality of the image in its contemporary portrayal
  • Political theory
  • Activism and the relationship of research to politics, policy and practice
  • Visual culture and its epistemologies
  • Urban topographies and political spaces
  • Ethnographic approaches to the experience of spectacle

Abstracts (250 words) and a short biographical note should be sent via email to and, including title, name, contact details and institutional affiliation. The deadline for submission is 27 October 2017.

For further information or questions, please contact one of the organisers:

Reuben Ross
Matt Mason