Conference Theme 2015

Theme: “Social Media: Consumption, Impact & Gratification”

With every technological innovation and advancement media grows in its reach, power and influence. This ever-growing media net, with increasingly blurred boundaries between users and consumers, is beset with questions of media accountability, ethical restrain on consolidation of media ownership patterns, and need for effective regulation.

Media organizations around the world are becoming increasingly socially, ethnically and culturally diverse, both as a consequence of globalization and in response to internalization. Social media has infused itself in the lives of every young person in the developed world today. And the types of social media that we use are ever growing, evolving and changing. The way we communicate has also changed dramatically moving further away from face-to-face communication.

The conference theme is designed to inspire invitations of submissions that approach these topics from a variety of perspectives and approaches. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is also welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Media and Mass Communication, including the following streams.

Conference streams include:

  •  Communication and society
  • Digital divide and Neo-Imperialism
  • Social media and society
  • Youth and the Internet
  • E-learning, trends and possibilities
  • Media & Democracy
  • Communication and marginalized communities
  • Future of communication technologies
  • Alternative and community media
  • Media and gender
  • Society and new media
  • Education and new technologies
  • Development communication and social change
  • Broadcasting, past and present
  • Freedom of expression in transitional societies
  • Media history
  • Communication theory and ethics
  • Environment, climate and communication
  • Print media, past and present
  • Socio-political development and media
  • Cross-cultural influences and developments
  • Consumerism and media
  • Visual Communication
  • Digital Communication and globalization
  • Media Regulation and Policy in transitional society
  • Policy and communication
  • Media empowerment

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Highlights:

Our Keynote speaker

Dr. Meena T Pillai

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Director, School of English and Foreign Languages, Director, Centre for Cultural Studies and Associate Professor, Institute of English and University of Kerala. A Fulbright Doctoral Fellow to the Ohio State University and Shastri Fellow to the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University she was also a Commonwealth Fellow at the Media Studies Centre, University of Sussex. Publications include Women in Malayalam Cinema: Naturalising Gender Hierarchies (Ed. 2010) by Orient Blackswan and a chapter in the Handbook of Indian Cinemas by Routledge, London (2013). She has published widely and is the recipient of the Meenakshy Mukherjee Memorial Award for the Best Academic Publication of IACLALS 2012 for her essay in the South Asian Review. Areas of interest include Cultural Studies, Gender and Cinema.

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