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[ecrea] CFP: Media & Politics Group Annual Conference. Theme: Media, Persuasion and Human Rights
Tue Apr 01 15:06:26 GMT 2014
I'm delighted to announce that the Political Studies Association Media &
Politics Group Annual Conference will be held this November at Bangor
University in N.Wales, hosted by Bangor University's network for Media &
We welcome papers on any aspect of Media and Politics, or on this year’s
conference theme of Media, Persuasion and Human Rights. While human
rights may appear inalienable in international law and covenants, in
fact they are sites of contestation, conflict and redefinition, variably
implemented across the globe. Reflecting our theme, our key note
speakers include Prof. Jon Silverman (University of Bedfordshire) who is
currently working on the influence of the media's reporting of war
crimes trials in West Africa on civil society.?
Conference Date: Mon. 10th - Tues. 11th Nov. 2014
Email: (mediapoliticsconference /at/ bangor.ac.uk)
We seek papers on any of the following themes.
1. Media and Politics - any aspect.
2. Media, Persuasion and Human Rights, including:
a) Mediating Norms. Jeremy Bentham once called human rights ‘nonsense
upon stilts’. What is the philosophical status of human rights and how
are deontic norms complicated, challenged and threatened by current
geo-political events and their mediation? Are liberal social aspirations
being redefined and eroded? Did they ever exist? What betterment do we
have to aim for today?
b) Communicating Trade-offs. When governments balance rights against
each other (eg trading-off the right to privacy or freedom from torture
in exchange for national security), how do the media respond? How does
the complexity of decision-making and trade-offs get communicated? What
are decision-makers’ insights on balancing and communicating rights?
c) Contestation and Articulation. What human rights are privileged by,
and contested through, the media? How have these changed over time? How
do articulatory struggles play out across the media, and via what
persuasive ‘actants’, including NGOs, investigative journalists, the
public, lawyers, companies, corporations, governments, and international
d) Media Forms. How does the struggle over articulation vary across
different media forms and genres? How do minority media and the rise of
mass self-broadcasting enable perverted viewing and production (eg
torture porn, tour of duty war mementos), and with what implications for
the normalization of abnormal situations (too taboo for mass view), and
for the social enactment of human rights?
e) New Media, New Rights? What novel opportunities and challenges do new
media technologies present for human rights that intrinsically rely on
the media, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech?
f) Mobilisation. In what ways do media inform and mobilise the public
regarding their human rights? This may range from the practices of
bearing witness (eg sousveillant communication); to the generation of
empathy, intimacy, and a new solidarity through media forms that invoke
engagement, identification and pleasure (eg Twitter, film, reality TV,
g) Gender. Is there such as thing as 'gendered' human rights? How does
gender impact and influence mediated construction of human rights around
the globe? How has the media engaged in the representation of gendered
and sexualised human rights abuses (for example mass rape, comfort
women, sex trafficking and enforced prostitution)?
h) Cultural Imperialism? What are non-western insights on human rights
liberal discourse, and how are these dealt with in various national and
trans-national institutions ranging from satellite TV to the
International Criminal Court?
We encourage diverse responses to the theme, but are especially
interested in interdisciplinary responses, not least from policy-makers,
activists, philosophers, information-management specialists, computer
scientists, journalists, security analysts, and those with expertise in
law or politics.
All proposals should include the following: title and name,
institutional affiliation and address, and email address; together with,
a paper title, an abstract of not more than 300 words, an indication of
which theme(s) you are addressing, and up to five key words about your
paper. Please also indicate whether or not you are a postgraduate student.
Please indicate which section you wish your proposal to be considered under:
1. 10-15 minute panel presentation;
2. Practice-based work (15 mins - comprising showing of practice-based
piece (or an extract) plus any accompanying discussion/context).
Abstracts should be sent by 1st July to
(mediapoliticsconference /at/ bangor.ac.uk) .
All abstracts will undergo peer review and decisions on papers will be
given within 3 weeks of the submission deadline.
Postgraduates & James Thomas Memorial Prize
Postgraduate students are invited to submit a full paper that will be
entered into the James Thomas Memorial Prize. This annual award is
presented to the most outstanding paper by a postgraduate student at the
Media and Politics Group Annual Conference. While abstracts must be
submitted by 1st July, full papers must be submitted by 1 October 2014,
to allow time for them to be reviewed by the MPG conveners.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bangor University.
With all best wishes,
Dr. Vian Bakir
Senior Lecturer in Journalism
School of Creative Studies & Media
Office 14, John Phillips Building
Bangor, Wales, UK, LL57 2DG
email: (v.bakir /at/ bangor.ac.uk)
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