The Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy at the Illinois State University (ILSTU) is kindly inviting you to participate in the Second Annual Critical Media Literacy Conference (CMLC), held on March 22, 2014 in Normal, Illinois, United States.
Why Critical Media Literacy in the 21st Century?
Today, media culture is one of the most dominant forces in society. It contributes to how we define our sense of self and drives our understanding of the ‘Other.’ Media also perpetuates symbols, myths, and serves as a resource for generating a common culture. This multidisciplinary conference is designed to aid current educational leaders, future teachers, youth, and other concerned citizens in their understanding of the mass media and its impact on the events that shape our daily lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential to excavating social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century.
William (Bill) Reynolds, Ed.D., teaches Education Foundations and Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University will be this year’s keynote. His talk is entitled, “The Monstrous Other: Exploring the Intersections of Youth Culture, Critical Media Literacy and Commodification in a Monster Making World.”
We enthusiastically call for paper proposals that urgently and critically redefine, redirect, and recreate notions of knowledge, truth, and justice through (and with) critical media literacy and pedagogy. Paper proposals might address topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
- What are specific ways in which the corporate and political elite uses the mass media to promulgate their ideologies and practices?
- How does the mass media perpetuate divisions amongst social groups across the globe?
- How can teacher educators prepare future teachers by using critical media studies in teacher preparation programs?
- How can educators, youth, and concerned citizens provide more genuine representations of global citizens through their own media products?
- How has media literacy successfully fostered K-20 students’ critical engagement with mass media?
- How have various technologies employed by corporate conglomerates in the mass media been used to foster critical understanding and solidarity across the globe, rather than to promote conformity and corporatism?
- How can various critical theories enrich our understanding of the mass media in the age of neoliberalism?
- What are some ways in which media literacy can be applied to the new demands and concerns of today’s digitized culture?
- How might library scientists go about training critical media librarians?
Strand 1: Library Sciences
Papers in this strand will explore the existing or potential connection between library science and critical media inquiry.
Strand 2: Educational Foundations
Papers in this strand will explore interpretive, normative, and critical approaches to examining media. Papers that address critical pedagogy in online spaces are also highly desirable.
Strand 3: School of Communication
Papers in this strand will explore the relationships between communication scholarship and pedagogy and critical media literacy. Papers that examine the connections between communication, civic engagement, and media literacy are especially encouraged.
Strand 4: The Borg Center For Reading and Literacy
Papers in this strand will explore questions and and issues related to shifting definitions of literacy, critical media literacy, and potential new intersections of inquiry.
All papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be open-access. A statement authorizing this publication is included in the submission agreement.