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[ecrea] Global Media and the 'War on Terror': an international conference

Tue Apr 06 15:55:03 GMT 2010

Second call for papers: extended deadline for abstracts 28 May 2010
Global Media and the War on Terror: an international conference
Organized by Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) of the
University of Westminster, London, in collaboration with the Department of
Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Venue: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London
Dates: Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 September 2010
Conference organizers: Professor Daya Thussu, University of Westminster,
and Dr Des Freedman, Goldsmiths, University of London.
As we enter the tenth year after the events of 
9/11, it is an appropriate time to
evaluate the medias relationship to a changed geo-political environment and
to pose questions about media performance and influence in relation to this
post-9/11 period. Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political,
cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large?
Has the digital revolution given voice to a multiplicity of views that have
helped to counter hegemonic media discourses? How can media be deployed
to enrich not inhibit dialogue and to what extent has the media, in all its
forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a war on
terror? This international conference brings together leading scholars and
eminent journalists from across the globe to examine and discuss how the
worlds media have been influenced by 9/11 and its aftermath.
Although nearly a decade has passed, the continuing conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan, the persistent phenomenon of terrorism, and the domestic
repercussions of the war on terror (including Islamophobia, a growing
surveillance culture and restrictions on civil liberties) still shape media
discourses around the world today.
Suggested topics for papers include, but are not restricted to, the following:
· Rethinking the politics of terrorism  global and national
· Representations of terrorism in popular culture  from TV to
· Public opinion in the post-9/11 era
· Surveillance, spying and subversion of democracy
· Comparative studies of global terrorism
· Cultural contexts of 9/11demonization of Islam and the West
· Spinning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
· Reporting and conducting the wars online
· Media strategies of terrorists
· Frontline forum  journalistic experiences of covering terrorism
· Hollywoodization and Bollywoodization of the war on terror
· Evaluating the al-Jazeera effect
Keynote speakers:
Professor Todd Gitlin
Columbia University, USA
Professor Tariq Ramadan
University of Oxford, UK
Professor Barbie Zelizer
Annenberg School of Communication, USA
Other plenary speakers to include Professor Jean Seaton, University of
Westminster; Professor Rune Ottosen (Norway); Dahr Jamal (US-based
independent journalist); Professor Toby Miller (USA); Professor Stig Arne-
Nohrstedt (Sweden); Professor Elena Vartanova (Russia) and Professor Lena
Jayyusi (UAE).
The conference reflects the substantial and growing research in international
journalism within CAMRI which runs numerous innovative and international
conferences every year. In its 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the UKs
Higher Education Funding Council ranked CAMRI as the best media and
communication research centre in the country.
Conference fee: £150, with a concessionary rate of £50 for students, to cover
attendance at all sessions, refreshments and lunches as well as conference
documentation. Conference registration will be open to all and not
conditional upon presenting a paper.
Abstracts: These should be between 200-350 words and must include the
presenters name, institutional affiliation, email and postal address, together
with the title of the paper and a brief biographical note. Two copies of the
abstract should be sent, one to Professor Daya Thussu at
(D.K.Thussu /at/ and another to Helen Cohen, Events
Administrator for the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at
(journalism /at/
New extended deadline for abstracts: Friday, 28 May 2010. The abstracts will
be peer reviewed and successful submissions will be notified asap.
A selection of the best papers will be published in a book and in a special
themed issue of the journal Global Media and Communication, which is
supporting the conference.

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
Centre for Studies on Media and Culture (CeMeSO)
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