The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2015
Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15, 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2015
Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 15, 2015
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This international and interdisciplinary conference on Media and Mass Communication is now in its sixth year, and will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions in media studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, MediAsia 2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond. The conference will also host the fourth IAFOR Documentary Film Award and a film festival.
The Sixth Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2015 will again be held alongside the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Film & Documentary 2015. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
MediAsia2015 Conference Themes
Theme 1: “Power”
Power as a commodity has challenged the minds of social scientists and philosophers while its exercise has always fascinated historians. From classical thinkers’ works such as Aristotle’s Politka or Machiavelli’s Il Principe through modern figures who manipulate power in the media, like Silvio Berlusconi or Rupert Murdoch, to the vast networks that support major heads of state, power has been a necessity to some or like an aphrodisiac to others. The dynamics of power and its associations with wealth and status now shape the contemporary world more visibly than ever. It is a research challenge to all fields of the social sciences to offer some explanation of its magnetism and its mechanisms.
In the context of the media and communication studies, considering the ambiguous concept of power encourages questions of rights, responsibilities, and trust, as well as hegemony, ownership, and resistance; control, transparency and censorship. Similarly, relationships of power between individuals and governments are tested by issues of privacy, surveillance, freedom of speech and information. New technologies have empowered individuals to communicate with others, and facilitated such resistance movements as in Hong Kong, but have also empowered governments to unparalleled levels of surveillance and breaches of privacy, such as in the ongoing NSA revelations.
As a conference theme, power in its many aspects is a hub concept that researchers, analysts, and practitioners alike can reflect on and speak about both in the abstract and from experience.
We hope and expect the 2015 conference themes to inspire a number of research avenues, and look forward to discussing ideas, findings and synergies, in this International Academic Forum.
Theme 2: “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”
Human rights praxis and ideas of justice are now core fields of investigation for media, film and cultural studies. One example of this is how cultural research into the convergence of new media with everyday life, has brought into relief the growing significance of how struggles for freedom and justice are enabled by flows of social media. Various communities and peoples are now enabled to make claims for social recognition within human rights frameworks and language like never before.
Cultural studies as a discipline is specifically attuned to studying questions of human rights and justice. As a field, it is connected to human rights discourse and praxis through its ethical foundations and ‘activating knowledge’ as Stuart Hall once put it. One of the essential motivations of cultural studies scholars is to focus on the struggles evident in structures and institutions of power, representation, identity and subjectivity. This is undertaken with specific attention to power and its manifestation and negotiation in the cultural arena of everyday life.
As a consequence, media and mass communication researchers investigate ideas of justice and agency in compelling and innovative ways. They see agency, for example, as being implicated in the formation of moral, legal, political and ethical frameworks that are experienced in everyday lives, and which can be seen explicitly in the media.
A central aim of this conference is to examine ideas of ‘justice’ and ‘human rights’ in relation to media and cultural production. The hope is to enable useful exchange, connection and dialogue around the praxis of human rights and to clarify the implications of how cultural transformation and the media are closely connected to social and political change in the everyday life of individuals, communities and nations.
We look forward to seeing you at MediAsia 2015!
MediAsia2015 Conference Chair
Professor Gary Swanson
FilmAsia2015 Conference Co-Chair and Featured Speaker
CEO D’image Studios
Former Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence
The University of Northern Colorado, USA
Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, educator, speaker and consultant. He has also been an educator for 22 years. Prior to his work in academe, Swanson compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years at NBC News – producing award-winning documentaries, prime-time news magazine stories, and covering “breaking news” in 26 states and Canada for the network – including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson has earned more than 80 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national Emmys.
The IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival 2015
Documentary film is strongly in line with The International Academic Forum’s vision as an academic think tank that promotes international, intercultural and interdisciplinary discussion and exchange. Started in 2009, the IAFOR Documentary Film Award has grown in size and influence, and we are now very happy to announce the launch of our first annual film festival.
The IAFOR Documentary Film Award & Festival will be held Saturday, November 14, 15:00–20:00 at the Art Center of Kobe. Please join us as we screen a selection of this year’s finalists in our Professional and Newcomer documentary competition. This year we also have in attendance filmmaker Brent E. Huffman of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, USA. We look forward to screening his most recent documentary, Saving Mes Aynak.
The IAFOR Documentary Film Award is backed by IAFOR and the Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication and the Asian Conference on Film & Documentary, which have established themselves as prestigious events for industry professionals.
For more information on our documentary competition and festival please visit the IAFOR Documentary Film Award website.
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IAFOR Media, Communication and Film Conference Videos
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film is an editorially independent journal associated with MediAsia. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.
If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.
Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.
IAFOR University & Institutional Partners
The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.
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