"From ancient times to the present 'spectacle' (the visual aspects of human performance–architecture, scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, special effects, and staging) has been used to expressively embody and evoke meaning in rituals, ceremonies, and artistic performances. This course [Eye Appeal: Spectacle on Stage and in Life at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro] will examine the use of spectacle as an expressive mode of communication in human performance from antiquity to the present."
(Bob Hansen, 2004)
"As a young academic, I am reliably informed that the landscape of scholarly communication is not what it was 20 years ago. But, despite all that has changed, it seems that we still largely rely upon the same tired and narrow measures of quality and academic impact – namely, citation counts and journal impact factors.
As someone who has used the internet in almost every aspect of their academic work to date, it's hard for me to ignore the fact that these mechanisms, in predating the web, largely ignore its effects.
By holding up these measures as incentives, we appear to have our eye firmly fixed on the hammer and not the nail, adjusting our research habits in order to maximise scores and ignoring issues such as why we publish in the first place."
(Matthew Gamble, 28 July 2011, Times Higher Education)
"In this project, we begin with this understanding of new cartographies/new mappings, and then turn to the ways in which these new mappings are emerging within social movement, activist, and artist projects to rethink economic practices and institutions. In forging this research group, we are interested in understanding how this particular genealogy of a new cartography is being and can be mobilized to render new images (and practices) of economies, how it is being deployed in community and alternative economic projects, and how it is being used to understand the institutions and networks of economic organizations such as corporations, military–state economies, and the university."
"The 'Cultures of Economies Research Group' is a forum at UNC–CH for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools to engage with critical debates about the role of culture, space, and economy. The Research Group seeks to contribute to inter–disciplinary dialogues about the practices of economy in everyday life through regular faculty and graduate student workshops, research paper presentations, reading groups, and an annual symposium.
In recent years, how the 'economy' is thought and acted upon has become an issue of concern to a wider range of researchers, activists, and policy makers. The growing importance of the Bretton Woods institutions (IBRD, IMF, and WTO), transformations in public and private forms of governance, and the ways in which local, regional, and international development have all been shaped by economic thought and practice has also given rise to fundamental questions about the relationship between 'the economy' and other domains and practices of socio–spatial life. Researchers in the social sciences and the humanities (including economists themselves) have begun to suggest that 'the economy' needs to be understood in broader and more complex institutional, geographical, and cultural contexts. The consequences of globalization, internationalization of economic institutions and practices, and transformations in local, regional, and federal economies in the United States have similarly demonstrated the importance of culture and space in thinking about taken for granted assumptions and descriptions of national economies."
(ohn Pickles, Lawrence Grossberg)