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[Commlist] CFP: Communications & Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform

Thu Nov 21 15:02:17 GMT 2019

*Communications & Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform*____

*May 7-8, 2020**____*

*McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada**____*

Organized by the Communications Governance Observatory <>and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP)at McMaster University____

Algorithms and digital platforms play increasingly important roles in governing how we communicate and how we discover and engage with media and culture. The ‘platform turn’ in dominant media systems has significant implications for life opportunities, employment, participation in the digital economy (whose content is distributed and prioritized?), the star system (who is promoted and how? what counts as success?), politics (which and whose perspective is dominant? how has political deliberation and debate been re-mediatized?), international relations (whose view of the world is dominant?) and social relations (how are inequities in representation reproduced and transformed?). ____

This conference will draw together researchers in Canada and beyond to explore the intersections between media/communications/cultural policy and platforms. All submissions related to this theme are welcome, including research in the areas of arts policy, broadcasting policy, communication rights, Indigenous communication and cultural policy, competition policy, cultural industries policy, heritage policy, internet policy, media policy, speech regulation, privacy, smart city regulation, and platform regulation. We welcome analysis and case studiesat all levels of policy-making, including municipal, provincial and federal, and Indigenous and international research. ____

Confirmed keynote speakers and presenters include Edward Greenspon (Public Policy Forum), Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office), Sharon McGowan (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver, UBC), Laura Tribe (Open Media), Philippe Tousignant (CRTC), David Ogborn (McMaster), Jonathan Paquette (University of Ottawa), Philip Savage (McMaster), Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto), Tamara Shepherd (University of Calgary), Ira Wagman (Carleton), and Dwayne Winseck (Carleton). ____

The conference will consider the following key questions:____

__·__How can Canadian media systems respond simultaneously to the challenge of digital platforms and to calls for a greater diversity of on-screen and off-screen voices?____

__·__How are platforms taking on, or failing to take on, regulatory roles in the fields of communication and culture? ____

__·__How does the international political economy of platforms play out in media/communications/cultural policy?____

__·__How does algorithmic governance function as regulation and policy setting in these fields?____

__·__How are regulatory bodies in the field of communication and culture reconceptualizing their work in light of platforms?____

__·__What relationships and interactions do regulators, as well as arts, media, and cultural organizations, have with platforms?____

__·__How are regulatory bodies in the field of communication and culture incorporating platforms to conduct their work?____

__·__How do advocacy, activist, and social justice initiatives intercede in the relationships between platforms and media/communications/cultural policy?____

__·__How do comparative political cultures influence national regulatory agendas? What criteria may enable new comparative research?____

This conference welcomes submissions from all researchers, including doctoral and master’s students.____

Prospective participants should submit a 300-word abstract, along with a 150-word bio, including title and institutional affiliation, for a 15-20 minute presentation to <>by *December 15^th 2019* for peer review. Invitations will be announced by January 15^th 2020. Contributions may be invited for a publication project after the conference.  Questions may be addressed to Sara Bannerman at banners[at] <>. Visit the conference web site at ____

The conference will be preserved in an online video archive. Conference participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a white paper outlining policy recommendations arising from the conference discussions.____

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