The Axis of Empire: An International Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications
Call For Participation
April 22-25, 2004, St. Louis
Hosted by the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. 62901.
Proposal Deadline: January 1, 2004
From here you cannot tell…whether the color clinging to those distant doors and walls is that of roses or blood.
As we step into a new century marked by imperialist wars and the concentration of power in fewer and fewer corporations, these lines from the Indo-Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, remind us that the outcome of present struggles is always contingent and cannot be understood from a distance. This UDC conference is dedicated to examining the various axes of Empire and resistance to it that make up our own present moment.
We invite proposals from artists, activists, and media scholars that ask how we are to understand and intervene in the connections between war, media, and power; the war against terrorism and academic freedom in the University; media conglomeration, the labor movement and democratic communications; and the social and political responsibility of the arts. We seek submissions that highlight community and global alternatives to Empire and expand our language about globalization both from above and below. We are particularly interested in integrated panels of artists, activists, and scholars.
Please send proposals of approximately 250 words. Artists should include samples of the work they will be presenting in the form of slides, VHS tapes, CD-Roms, and DVDs. Proposals should be sent to the address below. Inquiries: Jyotsna Kapur via email, phone, or fax.
The Union for Democratic Communications is an organization of communication researchers, journalists, media producers, policy analysts, academics and activists dedicated to critical study of the communications establishment; production and distribution of democratically controlled and produced media; fostering alternative, oppositional, independent and experimental production; and the development of democratic communications systems locally, regionally and internationally.
College of Mass Communication and Media Arts
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6606
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