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Women and the Media in Asia

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To what extent do women have control over their lives? How do the media intersect with imagining different lives for women? This book is concerned with the changing lives of women; the troubling signs of female individualization as intersected with everyday media culture – a new arena of anxiety for women in contemporary Asia.

From the 1980s onward, women in Asia have gained higher levels of education and the commensurate expectations have become a driving motor in the women’s aspirations for work, economic power, independence, freedom and self-fulfilment. However, women often experience gendered labour market inequity setting limits on patterns of participation, women’s socio-economic position on the margins of work systems, and thus the illusion of the language of choice that the new capacities of education appear to promise. The enlargement of choice can be particularly illusory for women in contemporary Asia where gendered socio-economic and cultural conditions continue to persist and structure labour market outcomes and lifestyles.

Yet signs of female individualization have been proliferating as a defining feature of contemporary modes of identity, albeit untenable and ambivalent, within the discursive regime of self – embodied in regulatory practices in society where individualism is not placed at the heart of its culture. Arguably, the media are central to the signs of emergent cultures of female individualization producing the alternative social, cultural and symbolic relations women wish to live within and define the kind of self they wish to become. Seeming suggestions of individualization are encountered, mediated through popular media imaginaries that are present and often intentionally used as resources for reflexivity and self-imagining. This also provides a condition for an increased awareness of cultural differences and of women’s own positions in relation to global Others, new symbolic objects of identification and contestation.

At a time of significant changes in women’s lives entering a much larger but precarious world, this book explores such phenomena by critically incorporating the parameters of popular media culture into the overarching paradigm of gender relations, economics and politics of everyday life.

I invite contributions that explore everyday media culture and the issues of women as ‘consumers’, women as ‘representations’ and women as ‘creators’, to offer an understanding of changing lives and frustrated desires, contradictions and dispersed sites of female individualization that are refracted into various degrees and forms.

Deadline 30 May 2010. 300 word abstract, biographical note: please send electronic submissions to Professor Youna Kim, ykim@aup.fr

Media Consumption and Everyday Life in Asia (Routledge, 2008)

Women, Television and Everyday Life in Korea: Journeys of Hope (Routledge, 2005/2009)

Department of Global Communications, American University of Paris

6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris, France

Youna Kim

Associate Professor

Department of Global Communications

The American University of Paris

6, rue du Colonel Combes

75007 Paris, France

Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 62 08 24

Email: ykim@aup.fr

http://www.aup.fr/faculty/dept/intcom/kim.htm

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Written by Xiaoge

May 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE IMAGE

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University of California, Los Angles, USA, 2-3 December 2010

http://imageconference.com/

The Image Conference is a forum at which participants will interrogate the nature and functions of image-making and images. The conference has a cross-disciplinary focus, bringing together researchers, teachers and practitioners from areas of interest including: architecture, art, cognitive science, communications, computer science, cultural studies, design, education, film studies, history, linguistics, management, marketing, media studies, museum studies, philosophy, photography, psychology, religious studies, semiotics, and more.

As well as a line-up of internationally-known plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed International Journal of the Image. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the journal. We also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 20 May 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website at http://imageconference.com/ .

Written by Xiaoge

May 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WEB BASED COMMUNITIES 2010

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Freiburg, Germany, 29 – 31 July 2010

(http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/)

part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2010)

Freiburg, Germany 26 – 31 July 2010

(http://www.mccsis.org)

* Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Professor Wang Lu, Department of Educational Technology, Capital Normal University, China

* Conference background and goals
The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing culture of web communities. The conference invites original papers, review papers, technical reports and case studies on WWW in particular the emerging role of so-called WWW-Based Communities.

* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

* Best Papers
Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems – ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.
The better papers will be candidate for the “International Journal of Web Based Communities” (IJWBC); ISSN: 1477 – 8394 [4 issues per year].

* Types of submissions
Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics related to Web Based Communities are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas and topics:

The history, architecture and future of virtual communities
1. From mobility to connectivity
2. Identity and augmented ideologies
3. Visionary web architectures, implanted computers
4. Network revolutions, post-colonial and post-modern societies
5. Escaping from reality, virtual reality and multi-user games
6. Towards alternative ways of presence

Group processes and self-organization
1. Tele-democracy, morality, netiquette
2. Social networks, tribal- and open communities, peace education
3. Computer mediated-, hyper- and narrative communication, woven stories
4. MUDs, MOOs and avatars
5. Hosting web-based communities
6. Nationalities, ethnicities and gender effects

Cyborgs, teleworking, telemedicine, art games and learning communities
1. Fading hierarchies and epistemic dictatorship
2. Distributed cognition, the electronic cortex and constructivism
3. Community directories
4. Mechanic world, organic computer
5. Agents and the vectorized self
6. Beyond metaphors: imagining and representation
7. Communizing as a marketing approach

Expanding markets through virtual communities
1. The WWW as digital market place
2. The enterprise as a learning community
3. The learning as a road map for business
4. Universities as online communities
5. Business-to-business communication in profit- and non profit sectors

Virtual communities for people with special needs
1. Access to public spaces
2. Accessibility and long-term disabilities
3. Virtual communities in health care

* Important Dates:
– Submission Deadline (2nd call): 31 May 2010
– Notification to Authors (2nd call): 21 June 2010
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (2nd call): Until 30 June 2010
– Late Registration (2nd call): After 30 June 2010
– Conference: Freiburg, Germany, 29 – 31 July 2010

* Conference Location
The conference will be held in Freiburg, Germany.

* Secretariat
IADIS Secretariat – IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WEB BASED COMMUNITIES 2010
Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: secretariat@webcommunities-conf.org
Web site: http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/

* Program Committee
Web Based Communities 2010 Conference Program Co-Chairs:
Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

Written by Xiaoge

May 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

Sixth International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications

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September 20-25, 2010 – Valencia, Spain

Important deadlines:

As a result of many requests, submission deadline is set to May 4, 2010

Submission (full paper) May 4 , 2010
Notification May 25, 2010
Registration June 17, 2010
Camera ready June 17, 2010

For more information, petre@iaria.org

ICWMC 2010 addresses wireless related topics concerning integration of latest technological advances to realize mobile and ubiquitous service environments for advanced applications and services in wireless networks. Mobility and wireless, special services and lessons learnt from particular deployment complement the traditional wireless topics.

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of topics, short papers on work in progress, workshops and panel proposals.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, standards, implementations, running experiments and applications. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.  All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

Written by Xiaoge

April 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

Lifestyle Journalism

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JOURNALISM PRACTICE

Special Issue on Lifestyle Journalism -Call for Papers

Guesteditor: Folker Hanusch

The past two decades or so have seen an exponential rise in consumer-orientedjournalistic output outside the traditional hard news arena. Increasingly, itseems that newspapers and broadcast news spend less time on hard news, butprovide their audiences with more soft news content, much of which has becomeknown as lifestyle journalism. Despite the rise of lifestyle journalism – such as travel, entertainment, leisure, lifestyle, food, music, arts, gardening andhuman interest
stories – the field is still viewed with much scepticism from many journalists and academics alike. In recent years, there have been some attempts at examining aspects of lifestyle journalism more seriously, such as in travel journalism. However, acomprehensive scholarly investigation of the field as a whole has yet not beenforthcoming. Yet, as lifestyle journalism expands in the modern news media environment, and audiences are increasingly drawn to its content, it is crucialthat academic researchers investigate its professional practices in order tofurther our understanding of the field and in this way to examine in what way lifestyle journalism may challenge existing definitions and understandings ofjournalism, which have
traditionally been linked to journalism’s role as aprovider of hard news. Further, lifestyle journalism’s proximity to theeconomic field needs to be assessed in this context. This special issue therefore seeks to provide a space for a scholarly
discussion and contextualisation of the phenomenon that is lifestyle journalism. Articles areinvited that critically examine the professional practices and the content ofthe various sub-fields of lifestyle journalism, or investigate the phenomenonof lifestyle journalism as compared to other forms of journalism. Suggestedareas of focus include, but are not limited to:

·        Comprehensive analyses of individualsub-fields, such as food, fashion, entertainment, music, art, travel, andothers
·        Historical studies of the developmentof lifestyle journalism
·        Theoretical explorations of lifestylejournalism’s impact on contemporary understandings of journalism
·        Examinations of the motivations,professional orientations and standards of lifestyle journalists
·        Comparisons of lifestyle with news content
·        Comparative approaches to lifestyle journalism in different countries
·        The unique economic influences in lifestyle journalism
·        Explorations of the ethics of lifestyle journalism
·        Lifestyle journalism on a variety of platforms, such as newspapers, TV and online
·        Lifestyle journalism and participatory journalism

Prospectiveauthors should email an abstract of approximately 500 words
to Folker Hanusch (fhanusch@usc.edu.au).The special issue will review
all submissions, and successful authors will beinvited to submit a full
manuscript. Selected papers will be subjected to peerreview.

·        Deadline for abstracts: end June 2010
·        Deadline for submission of articles forreview: early January 2011
·        Final revised papers due:  end June 2011
·        Publication: end of 2011/early 2012

Written by Xiaoge

April 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Global Communication, Local Perspectives

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Call for Papers

China Association of Communication (中国传播学会CAC)and Chinese Communication Association (国际中华传播学会CCA)are co-organizing a conference on “Global Communication, Local Perspectives” to be held on December 10-12, 2010, at City University of Hong Kong.  This is the first time CAC has its annual conference outside mainland China, and it is a continuous effort of CCA to reach out and strengthen collaborative ties with peer academic organizations.  The Department of Media and Communication at City University of Hong Kong will serve as the host and conference planner.

Papers related to the following sub-themes/sessions and other topics are welcome:

1)Political economy of global communication

2)Mass media and social transformation

3)Media policy and regulation

4)Chinese culture and communication history

5)New media and social development

6)Journalism practice in the age of media convergence

7)Advertising and public relations in the context of globalization

8)Development of journalism and communication education

9)Round table on communication research

Submission Deadline:

Please submit abstracts of 250 words in e-files with contact information and name(s) and affiliation of the author(s) to the planner (City University) on July 1, 2010.  The abstracts will be reviewed, and notification of the results will be sent on August 1, 2010.  Full papers should be submitted on October 1, 2010, by the participants whose abstracts have been accepted. As the working languages of the conference are Chinese and English, papers written in other languages will not be accepted.

Submissions by CCA Members should be sent to:

Miss LEUNG Phoebe

Department of Media and Communication

City University of Hong Kong

Email:  psmleung@cityu.edu.hk

Written by Xiaoge

April 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

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University of Rome
Rome, Italy
2-4 February 2011
http://designprinciplesandpractices.com/

Next year’s conference will be held in Rome, Italy. The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of ‘design’, as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering and telecommunications.

This highly inclusive format provides conference delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specializations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, often weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

As well as an international line-up of plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the Design Conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select the online sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 15 April 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found on the conference website at http://designprinciplesandpractices.com/.

Written by Xiaoge

April 9, 2010 at 8:58 am