This is an informal symposium as part of the research seminar programme at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.
In cultural research, any mentions of experts or expertise usually refer to art critics, art collectors, cultural intermediaries or consultants. In media and cultural research as a whole, including the works cited, the idea of the expert and expertise itself is not explored in great depth. Yet, being known as an expert is crucial to ensure regular work in a precarious and competitive cultural labour market. What does expertise mean to cultural and media workers? In what ways, and where, do cultural and media workers perform expertise? How can we, as cultural researchers, explore and conceptualise expertise?
1pm Drinks and welcome
1.30pm Session one – Theorising expertise
Nathan Kerrigan, Coventry University - Theorising farming experts
Alison Harvey, University of Leicester - Expertise, Exclusion and Digital Games
Tim Squirrell, University of Edinburgh - Expertise as attribution
Sharon Coen et al, University of Salford – Brexperts
2.45pm Session two – Expertise and the media part 1
Catherine Price, University of Warwick - GM food news articles and online comments
Nete Kristensen/Unni From, University of Copenhagen - Heterogeneous cultural critics in the media
Steven Jones, Nottingham Trent University - Martin Lewis and the construction of a debt celebrity
3.45pm – Break
4.00pm - Expertise in Practice
Jennifer Birks, University of Nottingham - Expertise and journalism
Natalie Squared, Birmingham City University/University of Warwick - Jack of all trades, master of none?
Paz Concha, LSE - Expertise in the curation of street food markets
Miguel Gaggiotti, University of Bristol - Non-professional actors and the Aesthetics of Inexpertise
5.15pm – Expertise and the media part 2
Maarit Jaakkola, University of Tampere, Finland - Online reviewers
Susan Jones, Coventry University - Creating experts in British National Identity
Abigail Wincott, University of Brighton - Reinventing expertise in food and lifestyle media
6.15pm - End
All are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments will be provided.
Date and Time
Birmingham City University - The Parkside Building (room P233)
5 Cardigan Street