Transformations in Politics, Culture and Society: Media Perspectives
Friday 7th - Saturday 8th December 2001
CALL FOR PAPERS
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to integrate the study of transformations in politics, culture, and society with the analysis of key media - for example, art and art history, cinema and film, literature and poetry, music, newspapers, and television and radio.
Papers, presentations, and short surveys are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
dissolution, liberation, reconstruction; political, and economic rejuvenation
invasion, resistance, revolution
coalitions, governments, social reform, and the presentation of political agendas
state control of media; political mass communication, election campaigns, lobby groups; propaganda; fringe movements; pressure groups
the place of street drama, posters, graffiti
the importance of land; territory; boundaries; rural/urban; land redistribution
education, student rebellions, and the role of the intelligentsia
cultural revolutions: status of women, feminism, sexual freedom; representations of gender, ethnicity, sexuality; pornography
exposure of labour issues; exposure of class issues
cultural difference and otherness; immigration and immigrants
international confrontation; the role and influence of the military
the impact of globalisation
third world issues; global responsibility; public awareness; ecological issues
medical and social issues in film - for example, drugs, aids, euthanasia
role of religion and religious institutions
role and influence of the United States
influence of new technologies; multimedia industries, internet, www, cyberspace
accessibility to data, information, knowledge; the fate of intellectual property. Control of knowledge; anonymity; privacy
the role of the law and legal processes; regulation and legislation; appeal systems
market economies; monopolies and mergers; control of multinationals
Papers will be considered on any related theme, writer, book or film. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 19th October 2001. Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 16th November 2001.
The conference is the first in a series of annual research projects, run under the general banner ‘Probing the Boundaries’. It aims to create working 'encounter' groups between people of differing perspectives, disciplines, professions, and contexts. The project is to be supported by an e-mail discussion group, threaded forum board, e-journal, and dedicated publication series.
Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published in themed volumes.
For further details and information, please contact: Dr Rob Fisher, at the address below.
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