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[ecrea] Global Fusion 2015 - CFP

Wed Apr 15 18:39:49 GMT 2015

Global Fusion 2015 - CFP

Development and resilience in communication

Texas A&M University Department of Communication

Friday October 23 – Sunday October 25, 2015, Bolton Hall, Texas A&M
University campus, College Station, Texas, USA

_Call for Papers_

The theme for the sixteenth annual Global Fusion conference is
“Development and resilience in communication.” We invite global media
and international communication researchers to submit abstracts
contributing to this conference theme. Development refers not only to
the long tradition of development communication research beginning in
the 1940s and 1950s linking development with democracy, but also
suggests topics related to social change more broadly construed since
the NWICO movement and global responses to Washington Consensus reforms.
Resilience in the communication context can refer to the survival of
existing systems, navigating in the face of change or crisis, and the
possibility or desirability of transforming systems. We are particularly
interested in proposals that address new approaches to development and
transformation as well as discussions on how sustainable, community
based and cooperative initiatives are appropriating new technologies
effectively.Also of interest are research on marginalized or
under-resourced groups' use of media and technology, including refugee,
migrant, and indigenous populations’ appropriation of communication
technologies for empowerment of activism.

Abstracts no longer than 500 words should be submitted through the open
conference system ( before June 1, 2015.
Please title your abstract. Follow APA 6^th edition guidelines for
abstract style, and save your document as a .doc or .docx file. To
preserve anonymity, on a separate page from your abstract, put the title
of the paper, contributors’ names, affiliations, and email addresses.

Global Fusion 2015 is cosponsored by Media Rise.

_Graduate paper competition_. A “Best Paper” award winner will be
selected from among paper submissions by graduate students wishing to
enter the competition. For consideration, please submit full papers and
mark them clearly as submissions for the competition.

_About the conference_. The Global Fusion conference consortium seeks to
promote and sustain excellence in international communication and global
media research. Our institutional members are Ohio University, Southern
Illinois University, Temple University, Texas A&M University, University
of Texas at Austin, and University of Virginia.

_Invited speakers_. Thomas Tufte (Roskilde University, Denmark) and Drew
McDaniel (Ohio University)

_Special event #1_. Workshop on the Media Monitoring System
_following_Global Fusion 2015 (Sunday, no registration charge). Explore
the Media Monitoring System deployed at Texas A&M University -- a unique
set of integrated technologies that allows real time harvesting,
translation into English, and archiving of global media in Arabic,
Chinese, Farsi, and Russian multichannel television, Twitter feeds, and
targeted websites. Learn to develop, annotate, code, and share data
sets; brainstorm research methods and explore possible collaborations
with others using the system; and brainstorm research design with
others. Leave the session with a free account to use from home!

_Special event #2_. Media Rise Networking Lounge: Media Rise will host a
curated, informal, "professional speed dating" networking session. It
will bring together media educators, artists/content creators, and
activists from around Texas to interact with Global Fusion participants.
If you are interested in participating in this session, please send a
brief 2-3 paragraph statement about your interest to Dr. Srivi
Ramasubramanian at (srivi /at/ by September 30. Media Rise is
a global alliance that connects people with ideas for promoting
meaningful media for social good. More information <>.

_Special event #3_. Interactive Workshop on Transformative Leadership to
Inspire Creativity:  Media Rise will co-host an interactive workshop
with Global Fusion on the role of transformative leadership in promoting
meaningful media for peace, sustainability and social justice. Media
Rise is a global alliance that connects people with ideas for promoting
meaningful media for social good. More information at <>.

_Getting to the conference_. Texas A&M University is served by
Easterwood Airport (CLL) with multiple daily connections to Dallas-Fort
Worth (DFW) and Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on American Airlines
and United Airlines, respectively. The university is one and a half
hours’ drive from both IAH and Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS). MAP:

_Conference registration_. The $100 registration fee can be paid online
<>and on-site at the conference.
Early birds (until October 1) pay only $75.

_2015 Conference Committee_. Sandra Braman, Patrick Burkart, Antonio
LaPastina, Heidi Campbell, Randy Kluver, Srivi Ramasubramanian,
Department of Communication, Texas A&M University

_Conference Manager_. Patrick Burkart, Department of Communication,
Texas A&M University

_Conference Administrator_. Forrest Rule, Department of Communication,
Texas A&M University (globalfusion2015 /at/
<mailto:(globalfusion2015 /at/>.

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