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[ecrea] CFP | LSE Media & Communications PhD Symposium 2019: Disruption, Transition and Transformation
Thu Dec 06 16:12:28 GMT 2018
PhD Symposium 2019: Disruption, Transition and Transformation
A transdisciplinary early-career research Symposium hosted by the LSE
Department of Media and Communications
Extended abstracts of 750-1,000 words
Submission deadline: 15th January 2019
We are currently inviting extended abstracts for papers to be considered
for publication at the LSE Department of Media and Communication's
upcoming research Symposium, to be held in London in March 2019.
This Symposium is designed to offer PhD students and other early-career
academics an engaged and supportive audience with which to share their
work and receive critical, constructive feedback on research in
progress. This explicitly transdisciplinary Symposium will be an
opportunity for participants to meet and engage with other researchers
working on similar topics or problematics. We want to bring contemporary
research in Media and Communication into productive dialogue with other
disciplinary perspectives and, in turn, to introduce researchers based
within other disciplines to the work currently being done in our own
field. In this way, this Symposium hopes to contribute towards fostering
a transdisciplinary and transnational research community that is
equipped to challenge the boundaries that limit our capacity to
interpret and interrogate current phenomena.
The theme for the Symposium is Disruption, Transition and
Transformation. In order to facilitate a diverse range of submissions
and discussions on the day, we have left this theme intentionally broad.
However, the focus of the Symposium is on moments of upheaval and
discontinuity - within our disciplinary institutions, our practices as
social science researchers, and in the world at large. What is the
productive potential of disruption? How can we, as social researchers
and theorists, keep step with the rapid permutations of power, culture
and everyday experience in the social environment we study? These are
the big questions that will drive our discussions.
We are inviting extended abstracts of 750-1,000 words using the
following themes. We encourage submissions to interpret these themes in
their own way, and offer a list of suggested topics as a guide only.
1. Disrupting politics
In this session, we will be looking at research that interrogates
disruptions to the status quo of politics and the
continuity/discontinuity of power relations in contemporary societies.
How can media and communication perspectives help inform our
understanding of the (in)stability of power in the contemporary moment?
How are transformations in political processes (electoral manipulation,
dataveilance, fake news etc.) and political paradigm shifts (the crisis
of liberal democracy, the rise of authoritarian populism etc.)
contributing to new forms of domination or control? What becomes of
political agency in this context, and how might resistance need to be
reimagined and reengineered? These are just come of the questions that
will guide this session.
2. Disrupting boundaries
In this session, we invite research on the topic of disruption as it
relates to boundaries: be they physical (as in, for example, state
borders), epistemological (as in, for example, the distinction between
media 'creators' and 'audiences'), categorical (as in, for example,
categories of gender), spatial (as in, for example, the 'distance'
between represented Others and Western media publics), institutional (as
in, for example, the divide between the social science 'academy' and
other institutional fields), or any number of other interpretations.
3. Disrupting the discipline
In this session, we invite submissions that explicitly challenge or
'disrupt' the disciplinary dynamics at work in the field of media
communications - our canonical theories, our dominant empirical methods,
our usual research objects, our bibliographies, our readings lists, our
culture, and our understanding of ourselves as a coherent 'field' more
generally. In particular, we invite feminist, decolonial and queer
interruptions to the institutionalised practice of media and
communication research, as well as theoretical and methodological
interventions more broadly.
Extended abstracts should be accompanied by a working title for your
paper and a brief author biography of no more than 100 words.
The deadline for submissions is 15th January 2019. Submissions will then
be reviewed, with all applicants receiving notification as to whether or
not they have been invited to present by 31st January. The date for the
Symposium is Friday 29th March 2019, with further details, including
venue, to be confirmed in January. The event is free of charge for
participants and attendees.
Please send submissions and inquiries to (media.phd.symposium /at/ lse.ac.uk)
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