Special Session E) Changes in Academia/IAMCR's Future: IAMCR President’s ‘Task Force’ Committee

TitleSpecial Session E) Changes in Academia/IAMCR's Future: IAMCR President’s ‘Task Force’ Committee
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Krotz, F. L., K. Sarikakis, T. L. Jacobson, S. Braman, S. Milan, S. Ristovska, R. A. Hackett, E. Akpabio, D. Frau-Meigs, and J. Servaes
Affiliation (1st Chair)University of Bremen, Germany (head of committee) (Chair and Introduction: Friedrich Krotz)
Section or WGSpecial
DateThurs 27 June
Slot CodeSpecial Session
Slot Code (Keyword)Special Session
Time of Session16:00-17:30
RoomThe Theatre, Helix building
Session TitleChanges in Academia/IAMCR's Future: IAMCR President’s ‘Task Force’ Committee

Historically, IAMCR has a double structure as an academic organization and as an NGO with political aims: as a self governed academic organization of the civil society, IAMCR on the one hand cares about academic freedom and life, the development and distribution of theory and empirical work in the field of communication and media studies, and the exchange between academics. As an NGO, IAMCR was and is mainly concerned with freedom of information and the press, the North-South-division and digital divide, and gender and ethnicity social justice.

Both fields have changed radically in the last decades. Looking at the academic life, it is to say that universities worldwide are becoming increasingly part of the economic sector and have to work under economic and political pressure. This creates problems for the freedom of research and education, the use of research results, the working conditions of academics, and growing costs of education for students. The field of communication and media studies is also changing continually, as the relevance of media and communication is growing over time. This includes new problems for democracy worldwide – from the increased role of surveillance and data privacy to digital divides, and to the role of gigantic enterprises like Google, Facebook or Amazon, which try to control human culture and communication.

The task force „Changes in Academia/IAMCRs Future“ was installed by the International Council of IAMCR at the Durban Conference of 2012 and invites all members of IAMCR and all participants of the Dublin Conference to contribute to its deliberation. The panel will discuss these developments and ask for IAMCR’s future role under these conditions.

Chair and Introduction: Friedrich Krotz, University of Bremen, Germany (head of committee)

Katherine Sarikakis, University of Vienna, Austria (vice head of committee)
Thomas Jacobson, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Sandra Braman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Stefania Milan, TIlburg University and University of Toronto
Sandra Ristovska, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Robert Hackett, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Eno Akpabio, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Divina Frau-Meigs, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
Jan Servaes, City University of Hongkong, China

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