This year International Academic Forum (IAFOR) will be helding its 2nd European Conference on Media, Communication and Fim (EuroMedia) in Brighton, United Kingdom at the Thistle Brighton Hotel on July 13 – 16, 2015.
For the second year, the European Conference on Media, Communication and Film will be held alongside the 2nd European Conference on Arts and Humanities (ECAH), the 2nd European Conference on Literature and Librarianship (LibEuro) and the 1st European Conference on Cultural Studies (ECCS). Registration for any one of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the others.
EuroMedia2015 Conference Themes
Theme 1: “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”
Human rights praxis and ideas of justice are now core fields of investigation for cultural studies, media studies and Asian studies scholars. 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, cultural studies 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. As cultural studies/human rights scholar John Erni notes, ‘cultural studies has long been attentive to the complex interpenetrations of power, agency, and the social imaginary.’
A central aim of this conference is to examine ideas of ‘justice’ and ‘human rights¹ 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.
Theme 2: “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. We expect this theme to excite a number of stimulating research paths, and look forward to their outcomes as we gather in Brighton in 2015.
Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers
- Professor Gary E. Swanson: EuroMedia 2015 Conference Chair – Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism, The University of Northern Colorado, USA
- Donald E. Hall: EuroMedia2015 Conference Chair, Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Dean, Lehigh University, USA
The conference theme for 2015 is “Human Rights, Justice, Media and Culture”, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Submissions are organized into the following thematic streams:
- Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
- Digital Media and Use of New Technology in Newsgathering
- Communication Theory and Methodology
- Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender and Communication
- Media Disaster Coverage
- Media History
- International Communication
- Law, Policy & Media Ethics
- Newspapers & Magazines as Print/Digital Media
- Mass Communication
- Broadcast Media & Globalization
- Education & Scholastic Journalism
- Sports, Media & Globalization
- Media Management and Economics
- Political Communication and Satire
- Visual Communication
- Media & Education: Training journalists
- Social Media & Communication Technology
- Film Direction and Production
- Film Criticism and Theory
- Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
- Film History
- Documentary History
- Archive-Based Studies
- Films and Digital Distribution (Use of the Internet and video sharing)
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Arts and Humanities is an editorially independent journal associated with ECAH. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which 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.
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.