The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in partnership with Waseda University (Japan), Birkbeck University of London (UK), The National Institute of Education (Singapore), The National University of Tainan (Taiwan), Lincoln University (UK), the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKSAR), Virginia Tech (USA), Auburn University (USA), and its global partners is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2014, to be held on November 13 – 16, 2014 at the Rihga Royal Hotel and the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center in Osaka, Japan.
Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.
The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.
Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.
All forms of media professionals, including film and documentary-makers, have long recognized these differences and frictions when they try to explain conflict through various narratives, as well as the systematic exploration of ideas, words, and artistic expression. By proposing such a wide-ranging 2014 conference theme, the organizers hope to encourage exciting new avenues of research, inspire the creation of new explanatory concepts, and provide a context for academic and personal encounters. The resultant exchanges it is hoped will stimulate synergies that cross national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides, a bridging idea central to the global vision of IAFOR.
The conference theme is “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy” and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives, and is designed to elicit a wide variety of interpretations as avenues of research. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to media and mass communication, including:
- 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 journals associated with the conference.
International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary
The Fifth Annual Asian Conference on Mass Media and Communication, will be held alongside the Third Annual Asian Conference on Film & Documentary. Registrants for either conference will allow attendees the option of attending sessions in the other.