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[Commlist] Call for Papers: Media Education in an Uncertain and Polarized World Conference

Mon Mar 01 19:26:22 GMT 2021

*Call for Papers*

*Media Education in an Uncertain and Polarized World Conference*

(mlec /at/ <mailto:(mlec /at/>. <>


The advent and impact of COVID-19 have highlighted dramatic uncertainties in a more polarized world. Existing literature on the consequences of COVID-19 has confirmed the intensification of divergences of views and behaviours on various social and political issues, e.g. perceived risks associated with the novel coronavirus, concerns with the lifting of restrictions imposed by the governments and the use of news media for providing information about the pandemic (de Bruin, Saw & Goldman, 2020).

The uncertainties which persist and characterize the COVID-19 Era have brought massive challenges to the practices of higher education as a result of deepened polarizations. Such challenges are even more pressing to media education. On the one hand, the delivery of media education, which involves both the training and use of media technologies, has to address the academic effectiveness of distant learning and its social and ethical implications in a context of instability. On the other hand, COVID-19 has put media education under magnifying lenses highlighting how lack of inclusion and diversity persists in the university sector.

This is also the case because the world health crisis would not only “intensify social and economic inequalities across different higher education systems” (Mok, Xiong, Ke and Cheung, 2020) but also across different social classes within the same society.

To address these timely and pressing issues in media education, the Media Literacy Education Center (MLEC) at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC), Zhuhai, China and the Department of Media and Communication at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China will jointly organize a research conference which aims to explore the challenges and opportunities of media education in the more manifestly uncertain and polarized world brought by COVID-19.

The conference will be held at the UIC campus in​ Zhuhai, Guangdong Province on June 13^th and 14^th , 2021. The conference attendees will be able to participate either in-person for those in China and virtually for those outside of China, due to the current travel and pandemic control restrictions. The conference will be held in English.

We are open to contributions regarding media education in the post COVID-19 Era in different countries. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

  * Theoretical frameworks
  * Emerging learning models
  * The application of Western teaching principles in non-Western countries
  * Media education in transnational universities
  * Teaching media law/ethics
  * Accreditation standards of media education
  * Media education in countries that are making a transition to democracy
  * The gap between academia and the industry
  * Fieldwork policies and learning outcomes
  * Teaching in collaboration with the industry
  * The structure of media studies curricula
  * Student awareness of politics
  * Managing student expectations
  * Technology-enhanced teaching
  * Community-based educational projects
  * Student media
  * Education as an agent of change
  * Education as a way to maintain the status quo
  * Internationalization of educational strategies
  * Media studies as a reservoir of transferable skills
  * Media literacy
  * Political and market influences on media studies curriculum design
  * Media studies and ideological/political indoctrination
  * Student health
  * Inclusion and diversity
  * The right to privacy in education


*Key dates*

Abstract submission deadline: April 16^th , 2021

Notification of acceptance: May 1^st , 2021

Conference registration: June 12^th and June 13^th , 2021

Conference: June 13^th - 14^th , 2021

Please send in abstracts in English of max 500 words to (mlec /at/ <mailto:(mlec /at/>.

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*Conference Organizing Committee*

Dr. Jesse Owen Hearns Branaman ((johearnsbranaman /at/ <mailto:(johearnsbranaman /at/>), Associate Professor, Media and Communication Studies Program, Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, China

Dr. Richard Xiaying Xu ((richardxu /at/ <mailto:(richardxu /at/>), Assistant Professor, Public Relations and Advertising Program, Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, China

Dr. Xianwen Kuang ((xianwen.kuang /at/ <mailto:(xianwen.kuang /at/>), Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communication, Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University, China

Dr. Diana Garrisi ((diana.garrisi /at/ <mailto:(diana.garrisi /at/>), Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication, Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University, China

Please contact the committee members above if you have any questions about the conference. We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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