2nd Annual Critical Media Literacy Conference (CMLC) 2014

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  • 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.

    Keynote Address

    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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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?

    Con­fer­ence Tracks

    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.

    Pub­lished Proceedings

    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.


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