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[ecrea] cfp crossroads panel humanitarian communication

Sat Nov 09 23:35:56 GMT 2013

We would like to draw your attention to a conference session on
humanitarian communication organized in relation to Crossroads in
Cultural Studies  in Tampere Finland, 1-4 July 2014.
The deadline for abstracts (300 words) is Nov 15th. The submission
guidelines can be found from the conference website:

Communicating humanitarianism

The emergence of new communication technologies in Northern and
Southern societies has reshaped media environments and cultural
space profoundly. Mediated experiences travel in space and time faster
than before, and spaces for expressing collective emotions have
multiplied and are no longer nationally bound. These new transnational
ways of participation challenge previous understandings of political
engagement and boundaries of belonging. Further on, the notions of
monitorial citizenship and clictivism point to new forms of agency and
citizenship that seem to increase
visibility of activism and yet decrease the scale of commitment.
It seems then, that in this situation, humanitarianism is challenged
in multiple ways, both inside and outside: within the aid
organizations as discontent towards the concept of universal ethics
and within societies at large as a trend towards increased
individualization and a commercialization. Within this framework, we
wish to attract papers that offer new insight into the ways in which
aid organizations, journalists, film and television producers, local
governments, citizens and political groups participate in the
construction of humanitarianism. We encourage work that critically
explore the area of humanitarianism in the transforming mediascape.

Organizers: Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere&  Camilla Haavisto,
University of Helsinki

University Lecturer
School of Communication, Media and Theater (CMT)
33014 University of Tampere
(Kaarina.nikunen /at/
Tel: +358-40-1904094

Media in Motion: Cultural Complexity and Migration in the Nordic
Region. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.Co-editor: Elisabeth Eide

Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media culture. Oxford: Berg, 2007.
Co-editors Susanna Paasonen and Laura Saarenmaa.

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