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[ecrea] Call for Papers: The International Symposium on Media Innovations
Tue Nov 05 23:38:21 GMT 2013
Call for Papers:
The International Symposium on Media Innovations, Oslo, April 24-25,
On behalf of the Planning Committee, we are very pleased to call your
attention to the third annual International Symposium on Media
Innovations, to be held at the University of Oslo, April 24-25, 2014.
The Media Innovations Symposium explores how changing technologies, and
changing modes of usage and engagement with media bring about innovation
and transformation of the media sector. The Symposium invites
participation from scholars, editors, producers, and executives across
the globe. The Symposium offers a small and thereby very intense
conference that examines the state of media innovations from a wide
range of industry and academic perspectives.
Sponsors include: the Centre for Research on Media Innovations (CeRMI)
and the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.
Thor Gjermund Eriksen, Director General of NRK (the Norwegian
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Professor
Provisional keynote title: 'Living the Good Life: IT Innovations and
the Quantified Self'
Deadlines and Dates:
November 22, 2013: extended abstracts due
December 20, 2013: acceptance notices due
March 14, 2014: full papers due
April 14, 2014: best paper award announced
Submissions are invited that address the themes listed below.
Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Extended abstracts of proposed
papers 750 word maximum should be send to <symposium at
Special issue, Journal of Media Innovations.
Submitted papers will be further reviewed for inclusion in a special
issue of The Journal of Media Innovations, Vol. 2, No. 1, Fall, 2014.
Themes for paper and panel presentations:
For the complete call, including accommodation information, please see:
We invite both paper and panel proposals designed to encourage
practitioner involvement. The following are example themes of interest:
Best-case / worst-case examples of innovation:
'Break-through' examples that may serve as models for others?
'Learning from our failures' how not to pursue innovation?
Taxing matters: how tax policies foster/hinder media innovations
Beta mentality: How are newsrooms dealing with constant change?
Additional possible themes, topics:
media entrepreneurs and small media firms as innovators
innovation in media content (focus on ways of describing and comparing
content innovation in entertainment media)
innovation in NPD routines and practices in media industries
ICTs and innovation in media production tools
innovation, accessibility, and customer service
We invite both paper and panel proposals having to do with any aspect
of media innovation, including the following:
We no longer have a way of living together of conducting any domain
of life without media but we don't yet know how to live well with
(Couldry 2013: 15)
We invite papers that offer normative analyses of media innovations,
Do innovative forms of journalism including so-called 'citizen
journalism' indeed contribute to greater diversity of viewpoints,
tolerance, debate, and healthier democratic processes, and/or to
(anti-democratic) fragmentation (as through the 'Daily Me' effect of
filtering news content to suit one's own tastes and views in the first
place), 'herd mentality' and polarization, etc.?
Does the speed of innovation and change in the media industry represent
risk to society?
Papers can take still broader perspectives e.g., what does it mean to
live good lives in a mediated age? but should be firmly connected with
concrete and focused examples of media innovation practices and
Additional themes, topics. Scholars are invited to submit papers that
address additional aspects of media innovation for example:
mapping innovation in the media industries;
media innovation and journalistic practices;
innovation in children's media;
genre innovation, including new genres and styles in e-books, social
and mobile media;
gender and media innovation;
innovation vis-à-vis media economics and media and cultural policy;
humanistic approaches to innovation in media design;
media innovations and political communication;
mobile media, apps, and innovation;
media innovation and cultural institutions (museums, libraries, etc.);
We strongly urge potentially interested participants to explore the
resource lists on the conference website:
of recommended accommodations and book as early as
Notifications of acceptance will be issued sufficiently early (December
20, 2013) so as to allow cost-free reservation cancellation if need be.
Jens Barland, Gjøvik University College
Niamh Ní Bhroin, University of Olso
Charles Davis, Ryerson University
Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, University of Olso
Bente Kalsnes, University of Olso
Arne Håskjold Krumsvik, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied
Philippe Ross, University of Ottowa
Knut Kvale, Telenor
Looking forward to seeing you in Oslo!
NIAMH NÍ BHROIN
Institutt for medier og kommunikasjon
Universitetet i Oslo
(n.n.bhroin /at/ media.uio.no)
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