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[ecrea] Preconference announcement & CfP: Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems
Thu Mar 02 13:10:08 GMT 2017
*Preconference for the IAMCR, 15-16 July -- /Call for Papers and
Expressions of Interest/*
*“Reflections on Foreign Aid, Philanthropy and Change in Media Systems”*
*Dates: 15-16 July 2017 Location: Cartagena, Colombia*
Please register and submit abstracts or statements of interest by May
·*Paul Rothman and Nicholas Benequista, Center for International Media
National Endowment for Democracy *
·*Chris Paterson and Jairo Lugo-Ocando, the Aid and Journalism Network
Project <http://ajn.leeds.ac.uk>funded by the UK Arts and Humanities
Research Council (AHRC) and the Department for International Development
(DFID) with support from the University of Leeds *
·*Winston Mano and Susan Abbott, CAMRI, University of Westminster*
·*Anne Marie Hammer and Ricardo Corredor, Global Forum for Media
Media and Media Development are in flux. Digitalization, globalization,
and a shift in paradigms and thinking related to democratization and
democracy promotion have given rise to concerns and questions related to
the value and purpose of media development programs and the influence of
international aid on journalism. In addition, the environment for media
development work has worsened under pressure from increasingly illiberal
governments and a collapse of the traditional institutional and economic
framework for independent media. To what extent has the diffusion of a
particular model of journalism practice been central to the
“modernisation” project in international development, and what
alternatives to this approach are emerging?
This pre-conference will bring together academics and practitioners
(donors, NGOs, and journalists) working on various aspects of foreign
aid and philanthropy designed to support freedom of expression, access
to information, and to contribute to improving journalism and
information ecosystems. In collaboration with the AHRC/DFID funded
research network “Aid and Journalism”, it will facilitate a conversation
about the impact that foreign aid and development assistance has had in
Latin America and Africa, and how this has affected the development of a
critical and independent media sector.
The purpose of this pre-conference is to:
·Encourage the development of an international network of media
·Foster collaboration, coordination, and networking between researchers
– including applied researchers, practitioner researchers and academic
researchers. Researchers from both social science and humanities
traditions are welcome.
·Improve cross-cultural and historical understandings of the ideas and
motivations that underpinned media development and international
assistance targeted at journalism.
·Consider issues of how digitalization and technological developments
have created the need to conceptualize media development.
·Problematize how a post-truth, post-fact era bears upon the world of
media development and journalism
·Critically reflect on the issue of how to measure and assess the impact
of media development and journalism assistance programs as well as to
support the research and body of evidence that is being generated from
both academics and practitioners.
In doing so, we hope that this pre-conference will contribute to
scholarship that reflects today’s contexts, needs and realities in the
field of media development. The pre-conference will consist of the
sharing of papers, panel discussions, and a hackathon. We welcome all
who would like to take part in this pre-conference. It is not required
to submit a paper or speak on a panel to attend. There is no cost to
take part in the pre-conference; however, we do ask that you register.
If you would like to present a paper or speak on a panel, we welcome
contributions on the following topics:
·How has digital communications coupled with globalization presented
both opportunities and challenges for media development?
·What is the goal of media assistance in a hyper-connected, digitally
·What has been the role of development assistance in shaping
journalistic approaches in Africa and Latin America, and what are the
·How has the prevalence of misinformation, hate speech, media bias,
coupled with a world of citizen journalism and user generated content,
impacted media development programs?
·What are the theoretical foundations and frameworks for the study of
media development that are most relevant for the current context?
·How might we critically reassess the relationship between external
influences on journalism and local cultures and practices of journalism?
·How can the media development community foster political change for
more supportive environments for independent media?
·How do you measure media and journalism training programs that are
rooted in online publications or social media platforms?
·Case studies from recent projects or programs that seek to contribute
to development through a media or communications development lens.
If you have a paper or a panel idea on one of the above themes or if
you’d like to suggest one that you think would be a good fit, we would
love to hear from you.
*Hackathon on 16 July 2017 (half day): *
Following day one (July 15), we will have a half-day hackathon on topics
and issues raised in this conference. We will draw upon data sets,
research, and real life programs of contemporary media development
research. We will also use this time to discuss and brainstorm in a
creative and fun way how to improve partnerships, collaboration, and
coordination between researchers, NGOs, donors, and the journalism and
Concurrently, members of the “Development Assistance and independent
journalism in Africa and Latin America” research network will hold their
second project meeting. Details will be posted to ajn.leeds.ac.uk.
*If you do not wish to submit a paper to this pre-conference, we request
that you submit a statement of interest that describes your research
interests, relevant experience, and reason for participating in the
pre-conference (500-word maximum).
*Cost: *There is no cost to attend this Pre-Conference. All interested
attendees are, however, required to register. It is encouraged, but
not required, to submit a paper. We’ve outlined our ideas for what we
are looking for in the call below.
*For further information on this Pre-Conference, to register, or to
submit an abstract, please email: (MediaDevPrecon /at/ iamcr.org)*
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