Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
October 1-3, 2009
Theme: Exploring Media in Caribbean Diasporas
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: JUNE 1ST, 2009
(Complete papers (not to exceed 20 pages), works-in-progress, and extended abstracts accepted.)
Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island is hosting a symposium that addresses the relationship of media to the global diaspora. The symposium focuses primarily on the migrations of the past 100 years and how the “living traditions” transmitted by these communities are
continually subject to loss, gain and interpretation. Media developed during this same period play a role, both directly and indirectly, in this process as these traditions become transplanted into their “new home.” The symposium seeks to: 1) encourage academic discourse focused on transnational migratory populations and the role new media plays in
transmitting and sustaining their living traditions; 2) create a forum for researchers in the liberal arts and other disciplines studying the nature, significance and consequence of global migration; and 3) provide a concert
performance of traditional music and dance illustrating the vitality of these living traditions. We envision this symposium as a celebration of global communication, the liberal arts, and Roger Williams University's mission to “bridge the world.”
While committed to the exploration of all immigrant communities across the globe, this year’s symposium will have a particular focus on the Caribbean diaspora that has developed around the world in the last century. To this
end, the symposium will highlight panels, round tables, guest speakers and performances that emphasize the diversity and complexity of peoples from this region and their diasporic communities. The symposium organizers invite works that explore media in relation to diasporic communities, particularly those that speak to this year’s spotlight on Caribbean diasporas. We welcome academic papers from a
variety of perspectives in all disciplines, from theory, qualitative research, and empirical studies to literary and cultural studies. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
· Real Places, Virtual Spaces: Creating Cultural Communities Through Media
· Exploring Gender at the Crossroads of Media and Culture
· Seeing Diaspora: Media, Community and Visual Rhetoric
· Media as Culture: Myth and Reality in Film
· Locating Interdisciplinarity: Technology and the Humanities
To submit an abstract, please visit our website at
http://newmediasymposium.org/index.html. Authors may submit extended abstracts (300-500 words), works-in-progress, or complete papers (not to exceed 20 pages).
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: JUNE 1ST, 2009.
For more information, please contact Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communication
Communication and Graphic Design
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol RI 02809
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