The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2013, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 8 – 10 November 2013.
The MediAsia event is a remarkable cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion, which encourage academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging lively but respectful dialogue. This international conference will bring together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas.
MediAsia 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education. Academics working in Japan and Asia will be encouraged to forge working relationships with each other, as well as with colleagues from Europe and the US, facilitating partnerships across borders.
MediAsia 2013 Conference Themes
Social Media and Responsibility; Globalization and Internationalization
As technological innovations and advances have created an ever-growing media net, and where lines have become increasingly blurred between users and consumers, questions of media accountability continue to be a constant source of discussion. Media organizations around the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internationalization. Social media has infused itself in the lives of every young person in the developed world today. And the types of social media that we use are ever growing, evolving and changing. The way we communicate has also changed dramatically moving further away from face-to-face communication.
Connectedness, Identity and Alienation
Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today’s digitalized world. People can spend hours a day talking on mobile phones, on Skype, or on the Internet, which gives the impression that we are a more connected world than ever before. And communication is lauded. Because of the massive information flow we can call ourselves perhaps the most connected age in history.
But is this connectedness, however, real or illusory? Quantity of communication does not guarantee quality. For example, to many sensitive people, when they call a number and hear the words “Please listen to the following options“ the sense of connectedness suddenly becomes alienating. The crude mechanics entailed can make people feel suspicious, isolated, and even threatened by an invisible structure they cannot penetrate. A raft of serious existential issues arises out of this.
- What impact does this have on the self whose identity in the time/space continuum, in the rapidly changing environment, and in these manufactured structures, depends for its development on interaction with perceived reality?
- What becomes the definition of the human? And what of the awareness of the transcendent in the human spirit from which ethics and aesthetics depend for their existence ?
Far from being questions of the present moment, these are parameters that will dominate the central problem of human self-understanding as we progress further into the uncharted waters of a highly uncertain future.
The Conference themes are designed to inspire invitations of submissions that approach these topics from a variety of perspectives and approaches. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Media and Mass Communication, including the following 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
- Documentary Production*
*Successful presentations in this stream will be scheduled alongside relevant papers submitted as a part of the FilmAsia sister conference.
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film, edited by Dr James Rowlins of Singapore University of Design and Technology.
FilmAsia 2013 Sister Conference
MediAsia2013 will be held alongside the Second Asian Conference on Film and Documentary, or FilmAsia 2013. Registrants to either event will have the option of attending parallel sessions in the other for no extra charge.