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Appel àCommunications, colloque international "Reframing Media and Cultural Studies in the Age of Global Crisis", Westminster, 19-20 juin 2015

Date limite : 12 février 2015
Conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute, CAMRI, University of Westminster in association with Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

In an age of ongoing global protest, an economy in crisis and systems of governance and democracy in question, a re-assessment of the disciplines of media and cultural studies is called for. Traditional paradigms for conceptualizing the media are further challenged by shifts in the media environment resulting from the growth of digital and mobile media. This is a defining moment for the field and a time for reflection and re-evaluation.

The production of academic knowledge and the development of fields of enquiry into the media, culture and society have always been linked to both intellectual formations within the academe and historical events taking place outside it. Critical theory and much later cultural studies and media studies were not only a reaction to the pathologies of modern times, but played an active role in naming and identifying them, thus serving as the harbingers of changing times. Conceptual and methodological frameworks used within these disciplines have also changed through time as international scholars attempted to grasp broader shifts in historical, cultural and social processes, showing that the analysis of media in different parts of the world may require different frameworks.

This conference thus invites us to reframe and rethink media/cultural studies in light of recent waves of global crises and new media developments. As such, it offers a space that transcends false binaries – between cultural studies and political economy, or new and old media, or global north and south – allowing us to reflect on the concepts and methods that can help us address the important issues of our time.

Some of the questions we will be considering include :

What are the questions that media studies and cultural studies should be asking to respond to a world in crisis ? What are the new concepts, theories and methodologies emerging from the field’s response to current challenges ? How have global protests and people’s everyday responses to a world in crisis challenged current theories and methodologies in media and cultural studies ? How have changes in media technologies altered the questions that media and cultural studies scholars are asking or the methodologies that they use ? What is it that remains the same ? How are developments in media/cultural research and theorizing around the world enriching and challenging the field ? The conference will be organized around 4 key themes, each headed by a plenary discussion :

Panel 1 : Reframing Media Studies/Cultural Studies in the Age of Global Crisis : What are the questions ?

Plenary Discussion 1 : Paddy Scannell, Dave Morley, Annabelle Sreberny, David Gauntlett

Panel 2 : Global Crisis and Media Theory

Plenary Discussion 2 : Paolo Gerbaudo, Anastasia Kavada, Jeremy Gilbert, Colin Sparks

Panel 3 : Rethinking Internationalizing Media Studies/Cultural Studies

Plenary Discussion 3 : Daya Thussu, Fernando Resende, Jaeho Kang, Tarik Sabry

Panel 4 : New/Old Theory in Media Studies/Cultural Studies

Plenary Discussion 4 : Joanna Zylinska, Christian Fuchs and Kaarle Nordenstreng


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 12 February 2015. Successful applicants will be notified within 1 month. Abstracts should not be more than 250 words long summarizing your contribution to the conference and a short biography. They must include the title of the conference, presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please ensure when saving your abstract that your name is part of the file name and it is a word document. Please email your abstract to Helen Cohen, Events Administrator at : (journalism@westminster.ac.uk)


This two-day conference will take place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June 2015.

The fee for registration (which applies to all participants, including presenters) is £285 and for one day £180. ICA, IAMCR, AoIR, EMMA and ECREA members will be given a preferential rate of £245 if registering for the two-day event. The special rate for students is £130 for the two days, or £75 for one day. Registration fees cover all conference documentation, refreshments, lunches, wine reception and administration costs. Registration will open in March 2015.

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