The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2016
Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 20, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 20, 2016
Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.
This international and interdisciplinary conference on Media & Mass Communication is now in its seventh year, and will bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions in media studies. As with IAFOR’s other events, MediAsia2016 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 & Festival.
The Seventh Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication 2016 will again be held alongside The Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Film & Documentary 2016. Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in both.
MediAsia2016 Conference Theme: “Justice”
The media has long been considered a powerful tool for the fighting of injustice and for holding powerful individuals and institutions to account. How do questions of justice interact with those of power, ownership and control, as well as those of (self)censorship? To what extent and where has mainstream media maintained independence and integrity? What is the role of social media? And where is press freedom non-existent or increasingly curtailed? What of the role of investigative journalists, citizen journalists, and whistleblowers?
Film and media, like art and literature, are multi-layered forums for probing the depths of the multifarious concept of “justice.” This can relate to its ethical and moral branches (social, legal, moral justice, etc.) as well as its less tangible embodiments (poetic justice, rough justice, etc.). Fictional films and documentaries frequently celebrate victories of justice and triumphs over adversity in functioning democratic institutions (e.g. Twelve Angry Men), while others explore more fractious moral and ethical dilemmas related to the concept. For instance, can there ever be a moral justification for acting above the law – even committing a serious crime for a “higher purpose”? One might reference Woody Allan’s countless adaptations of Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment.
Is a work of fiction or media reporting culpable if it falsifies for a “good cause?” Does justice have a “dark side,” or is this the outcome of it being manipulated? Questions like these have been with us throughout the ages. Do they exist as boundaries for reflection rather than questions to be answered?
Some modern TV series look into justice issues from a legal point of view, but also probe the psychology of many types of people on both sides of the law. What do these contribute to the better understanding of the complexities of human nature and human emotion exposed in them?
We expect this open and enduring theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes.
We look forward to seeing you at MediAsia2016!
MediAsia2016 Conference Chair
Professor Gary Swanson
MediAsia2016 Conference 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 recognised and highly acclaimed photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, 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 2016
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.
Registered delegates for MediAsia2016 and/or FilmAsia2016 will receive FREE admission to the festival.
The IAFOR Documentary Film Award is backed by IAFOR and The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication and The Asian Conference on Film and 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. IAFOR’s open access journals conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organised 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.
THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from full research papers, to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, podcasts, film and photography.
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.
We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programmes which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. This global partnership alliance means our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners.