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[ecrea] cfp - Special issue: Media, globalization and the postcolony - Journal of Global Mass Communication

Tue Jun 10 07:11:29 GMT 2008

>*Apologies for cross-posting*
>Call for papers: Journal of Global Mass Communication
>Special issue: Media, globalization and the postcolony
>Guest editor: Herman Wasserman
>Deadline for submissions: 1 January 2009
>The accelerated globalization of media, 
>especially as a result of technological advances 
>during recent decades, has impacted greatly on 
>the way media and journalism is being understood 
>in the developed world. Media have become 
>pervasive in everyday life, and new media 
>technologies have blurred the distinction 
>between producers and consumers. Distant regions 
>of the world have been brought in close 
>proximity due to the global reach of media, and 
>global media organisations have aggressively 
>penetrated new markets around the globe. Several 
>critics have argued that the global flow of 
>informational and cultural content is not only a 
>one-way street: in the era of global media, 
>contraflows and hybridities have emerged that 
>challenge binary perceptions of global 
>informational flows. Yet media and communication 
>scholarship is still dominated by perspectives 
>from the global North, due in part to the 
>political economy of research and publishing. 
>The result is that experiences based on the 
>interaction between media and society in the 
>developed world are given the status of theory, 
>only rarely to be challenged by 
>counter-perspectives from other regions of the 
>world.  It would be too crude and simplistic to 
>equate the imbalance in media flows with a new 
>type of colonialism, yet it cannot be denied 
>that current global asymmetries of power map 
>onto the history of colonial domination and 
>subjection. At the same time, the history of 
>colonialism can also be invoked to justify new 
>forms of hegemony, exclusion or marginalization 
>of critical voices. Although globalization does 
>not equal imperialism, the process of 
>globalization cannot be fully understood without 
>understanding the history of colonialism and its 
>persistent legacies. To understand the way media 
>constructs and impacts upon global society 
>today, it is therefore necessary to link our 
>view of contemporary global media architectures, 
>markets and flows with the history of 
>colonialism and decolonization; the persistent 
>patterns of domination and exclusion with 
>colonial and postcolonial discourse; and refuse 
>an ahistorical approach to the challenge for 
>equitable and ethical global media.
>This themed issue invites submissions dealing 
>with research questions related to the above 
>approach to global media. Critical 
>contributions, particularly those focusing on 
>the impact of media globalization on the global 
>South or analyze global media from the 
>perspective of postcolonial theory, are especially invited.
>Submissions should be between 6000 and 8000 
>words, following APA style. Manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed.
>Further information about the journal is 
>available at 
>Send submissions to Herman Wasserman, 
><mailto:(hwasserman /at/>(hwasserman /at/

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
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