Transgression is all about breaking the rules.
Media and transgression is a broad topic within which to critically examine rule breaking across cultural industries, aesthetics, form and cross media content, and production, participation and reception contexts. Transgression is about people’s capacity to break the rules, to disturb and subvert political and cultural institutions, to create and remix content, struggle over meanings and produce new forms of political and self-expression. To that end, transgression is about power, the power of elites and non-elites, systemic and symbolic power, and the power of human agency within media, society and culture.
This conference considers media and transgression in relation to the following areas of enquiry: political transgression, for example social movements, activism, and subversive politics; informal media economies, including piracy policies, discourses and practices; cross media content, form and aesthetics, such as hybrid genres, taboo topics, mashup and remix cultures; and transgressive roles, for example the blurred boundaries of witness-perpetrator, producer-user, fans and anti-fans, audiences and publics within media and society.