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[Commlist] 14th Dubrovnik Media Days cfp
Thu Apr 18 05:43:45 GMT 2019
14th Dubrovnik Media Days is international scientific conference
organised by Department of Mass Communication, University of Dubrovnik
(CROATIA), in association with Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It
will be held in beautiful city of Dubrovnik, October 25-26, 2019. This
year’s topic is New media formats: Television.
The digital age has brought a new interactive practice of media
consumption. The media matrix is changing in such a way that not only
the boundaries between the media are deleted, but also those between
producers, distributors and consumers. The industry adapts to the new
technological opportunities and needs of the audience. The proliferation
of television channels and the transformation of television from mass
media into the niche media are in progress. The process of proliferation
not only enhances the struggle for the user, but also inevitably
jeopardizes one of the basic prerequisites of the prominent influence of
public service on the national community - the mass reach of a
particular television channel in the national context.
The tectonic twists and turns of what television is now experiencing
reaffirms the reflections on multilevel scientific approaches to the
study of television, which is in line with its prismatic nature and
constant change of the media, culture and overall social matrix within
which it operates. The first question is: how does the television tell
stories? Second: What are the relationship between the stories we have
on television to the societies and cultures in which they arise
(including, of course, all the stories in which stories are produced,
not just those that produced them)? And thirdly, why television? The
third question will be crucial and it opens up a whole new set of
questions that will help scientists from many disciplines explain why
television continues to be so significant.
The following might be considered:
•How small nations try to build and preserve their own cultural identity
in the context of the general internationalization of television media?
Do they succeed?
•Is it possible to build both: local/national and global television and
multimedia brands at the same time? Why brand matter more than ever?
•Television and Politics: Enhanced TV formats, Medialization of Politics
and (re)shaping a Public Opinion and Political Processes.
•What new relationships are created between television text, audience,
technology, and production practices in the post-broadcast era?
•How did television genres change and adapt in an era where television
production is more abundant than ever?
•Which re-positioning of television genres brings media convergence and
mobile and nonlinear television?
•What knowledge a modern television practitioner should have?
•Is television still our primary source of "ontological security" and
"transition object" as Roger Silverstone discovered at the end of the
twentieth century? Do they change our rituals associated with the
•What are the consequences of the transition from gatekeeper to
•What are the consequences of the predominance of audiovisual content on
all distribution platforms over textual content? Will we stop reading?
Will that dominance change our culture?
•Why we love television?
These issues require an interdisciplinary approach that offers a synergy
of anthropology, sociology, psychology, communication studies
(especially television studies which are interdisciplinary by default),
political science, economics and marketing. The combination of knowledge
from all of these disciplines can provide a scientific breakthrough and
create a broader insight into the complexity of elements that make up
the modern forms of television.
Please send us up to 400 word abstract along with your paper title and a
short biographical note indicating your current affiliation to
(dmd /at/ unidu.hr) <mailto:(dmd /at/ unidu.hr)>
Deadline for submission of proposals: May 25, 2019
Deadline for full paper submission: October 15, 2019
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by June 10th, 2019, to the
email address provided in the proposal.
Conference language: English.
University of Dubrovnik
Branitelja Dubrovnika 41
20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
The conference fee is 50€. This includes refreshments and dinner on
Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and
Selected conference papers will be published in the special issue of the
journal Collegium Antropologicum (Scopus).
For further information, please contact: Ivan Tanta ((ivan.tanta /at/ net.hr)
<mailto:(ivan.tanta /at/ net.hr)>) or Davor Pauković ((davor.paukovic /at/ unidu.hr)
<mailto:(davor.paukovic /at/ unidu.hr)>)
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