UTRECHT UNIVERSITY, NETHERLANDS
6 - 7 NOVEMBER 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Sponsored by the DIASPORA, MIGRATION AND MEDIA SECTION -
European Communication Research and Education Association
Co-hosted by Nottingham Trent University and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Studying the relationship between diasporas and the media presents several challenges and issues that are at the core of humanities, social sciences, anthropology, and cultural and media studies.
In the last two decades, an increase in the number of theories and amount of empirical research in the field, with topics ranging from Diaspora, mobility, migration, ethnicity, cosmopolitanism, postcolonialism, identity politics, representation, and practices of media production and consumption, have enhanced our understanding of the everyday lives of Diasporas and migrants.
Through this process, the area of Diaspora, migration and media has evolved to embrace different theoretical and methodological perspectives, resulting in a plethora of work, and as a result, consolidating its position as an important area of investigation.
On the other hand, any emerging canon needs to be criticized and challenged if the field is to retain its dynamism. In addition, the increasingly vocal critiques against multiculturalism give rise to defensive writing: is it time to develop more positive and forceful lines of enquiry.
The aim of this workshop, then is to address the state-of-the-art in the field by inviting colleagues - academics, non-academics, researchers and PhD students - to map the diverse areas of investigation and/or present ongoing empirical and theoretical work that might offer a critique as well as point out new directions in the field.
We invite abstracts that address the following themes, but would be happy to consider proposals which fall outside of them:
--The local/global diasporic cultural experiences
--Dynamics of migration and memory
--Dynamics of Representation, discourse and language
--Subjectivity, emotion and identity
--Diaspora, youth and media
--Diaspora and Queer theory
--Visual Cultures and Diasporas/Migrants
--Music and Diasporas
--Cultural policy and Diaspora
--Web 2.0, social media and Diasporas: what are they doing for Diasporas and minorities?
--The backlash against multiculturalism and/in the media
--Diasporic/minority media: what is new?
--Urban environments and multicultural encounters
--Diasporic generations, communication and media
The deadline for submissions is 16 June 2009.
Registration fee: £50
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