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CFP: Media, culture and change across the Pacific

August 13, 2015

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by Raul Castro

via the EASA Media Anthropology Network mailing list

Call for Papers

Media, culture and change across the Pacific: perspectives from Asia, Oceania and the Americas

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP), Lima, Peru, 16-17 November 2015

Important updates 21 Aug 2015:

  1. The conference website has now been launched
  2. Selected papers will be published in an invited special issue of the international journal Media, Culture and Society

As the ‘Pacific century’ gathers pace, important questions arise about the media and communication dimensions of processes of social, economic and cultural change currently under way across the vast Pacific region. Ongoing negotiations around a controversial trade agreement affecting 40% of the world’s economic output, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), have added urgency to the need for greater collaboration among Pacific scholars and researchers.

Although the interdisciplinary field of media and communication studies, including the anthropology of media, is presently flourishing in this part of the world, most research to date has taken place within national or sub-regional scholarly networks. In addition, the North Atlantic region maintains its central position within the field. As a result, most East Asian scholars of media and communication still know little about empirical and theoretical developments in the Americas, Australasia or the Pacific islands – and vice versa.

The aim of this conference is to bring together media anthropologists and other media and communication scholars and researchers from across the region to share their current research, compare and contrast findings, and discuss possible research collaborations and funding bids. The conference will also serve to launch a new interdisciplinary network: the Trans-Pacific Media Research Network.

We invite abstracts in English (max. 250 words) from media anthropologists and other media and communication scholars conducting research anywhere in the Pacific region, i.e. East and Southeast Asia, Australasia, the Pacific islands, and Pacific countries in the Americas. Abstracts can be based on local, national or transnational research. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Regional and sub-regional media flows
  • Media theory beyond the North Atlantic
  • The geopolitics of media technologies in the Pacific
  • Media ownership and ‘liberalisation’
  • Radio, television, and print media in the digital age
  • Social media and inter-generational relations
  • Media and social identity (e.g. gendered, religious, cultural)
  • The uses of digital media in disaster communication
  • Internet freedom and control in the post-Snowden era
  • New and old media for protest and civic engagement
  • Mobile phones for increasingly mobile lives and livelihoods
  • Historical perspectives on media and communication

The abstracts are to be submitted by 15 September 2015.

Selected abstract authors will then be asked to submit full papers in English (max. 6000 words) by 10 November 2015.

The best papers will be published in an invited special issue of the international journal Media, Culture and Society under the conference theme of “Media, culture and change across the Pacific: perspectives from Asia, Oceania and the Americas”

The keynote speakers will be:

John Postill (RMIT University, Melbourne)
Heather Horst (RMIT University, Melbourne)

Please send abstracts and questions to Raul Castro, Pontificia Universidad Católica
Lima, Peru, raulcastro69@yahoo.es

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

 

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