Special Sessions

Special Session: A)
UNESCO sponsored project: “Women Make the News”

Date and Time: Wednesday 26 June 2013, 14.00-15.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

Special Session: "IAMCR and UNESCO: Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender"

Presentation: As part of the follow-up on the gender and media objectives of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), IAMCR has been invited to take part of the UNESCO Women Make the News annual initiative, “Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender”. This theme is related to the Global Forum on Media and Gender (GFMG) to be held in November 2013.

This Special Session is devoted to the initial discussion of three of the main issues on the global agenda of Media and Gender: Violence against women and media,
Gender Media Policies and Strategies and Women's Employment in News Media.

Co-ordinator and Chair: Aimée Vega Montiel, CEIICH-UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, México D. F

Participants:
Janet Wasko,
Aimée Vega Montiel
Carolyn Byerly
Claudia Padovani

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Special Session: B)
At the 'Eye of the Storm': Crisis and Austerity Politics in the Eurozone and their Mediation in "Peripheral" States

Date and Time: Wednesday 26 June 2013, 16.00-17.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

One of the more enduring and endearing features of the IAMCR Conferences is that the agenda makes explicit efforts to reflect on key features and issues of the local cultural, social and political setting in which the conference is hosted. Considering the 2013 conference theme of "Crisis?", this enduring feature poses interesting question as to the most relevant register or meaning of the "local" in this case. The persistent headline 'local' story here [Dublin as host city of IAMCR-2013] is, of course, that of economic/financial 'crisis' and its fallout, including deep austerity policies. But, equally, we may observe in much of the mediated discourses and debates as to the causes and especially the solutions to said Crisis that the 'local' in this context is not only Dublin or Ireland but also the 'EU' region, or what is sometimes named as the 'European Community'.
Thus, this special session will address some of the key political and media aspects of the "crisis" experience in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain since the outbreak of the great western financial/economic crisis. The panel will identify certain commonalities and differences in the ongoing crisis and austerity experience across these national settings. In certain respects, all have been at "the eye of the storm" -- core centres of attention in terms of definitions, analyses and proposed remedies for the current "crisis" and attendant austerity regimes in the European Union region.

Co-ordinator & Chair: Paschal Preston, Dublin City University

SPEAKERS:
Helena Sousa, and Manuel Pinto, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece: Greece and the Multi-Dimensional Euro Zone Crisis: The Solution is The Problem
Paschal Preston, Dublin City University, Ireland: Irish Solutions and Eurozone Crises: The Politics and Mediation of Creative Destruction in the former Celtic Tiger
Núria Almiron, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona , Spain:
Helena Sheehan, Emeritus Professor, DCU: The Compliant and the Defiant: Dominant v dissident narratives of Ireland and Greece in crisis

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Special Session: C)
ALAIC-ECREA Roundtable 2013 Communication, dialogue and worldwide perspectives

Date and Time: Thursday 27 June 2013, 9.00-10.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

ALAIC and ECREA stimulate international Forum through roundtable “Communication, dialogue and worldwide perspectives” at IAMCR 2013

Latin American Communications Researchers´ Association (ALAIC) and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) have been organizing roundtables in past IAMCR (Istanbul-2011 and Durban-2012), ALAIC (Montevideo-2012) and ECREA (Istanbul-2012) Conferences.

The taskforce intends to investigate and develop closer collaboration between both organizations, recognizing that regional diversity is a significant asset to our field, but at the same time drawing attention to the importance of avoiding counterproductive processes of intellectual isolationism or hierarchization through the organisation of creative dialogues and exchanges.

ALAIC and ECREA have been contributing to this dialogue by emphasising the regional specificity and contextual embeddedness of theories, methodologies and research traditions in Latin-America and Europe, critically comparing the strengths and weaknesses, the abundances and gaps, and then articulating these differences as opportunities for the intellectual enrichment of both academic communities.

At the 2013 IAMCR Conference, ALAIC and ECREA intend to establish an international Forum with regional researchers and associations members focusing on comparative studies. With this objective, the taskforce invited the following members from regional associations to take part in a roundtable discussion: IAMCR (Janet Wasko), ECREA (Nico Carpentier), ALAIC (César Bolaño), NORDICOM (Ulla Carlsson), AMIC (Peng Hwa Ang) and Chinese Association of Communication (Zhengrong Hu). The roundtable will point out issues that characterize a common agenda among associations and researchers.

Convenors: Fernando Oliveira Paulino (ALAIC) and Alenka Jelen (ECREA General Secretary)

Download ALAIC and ECREA Dublin Special Session flyer here [PDF, 79KB]

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Special Session: D)
Scope for professional control over work quality, output, and principles underlying academic performance indicators in this field

Date and Time: Thursday 27 June 2013, 14.00-15.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

This special session at IAMCR-2013 in Dublin which will aim to continue the lively discussion at one panel on the final morning of the Durban-2012 conference. This session will focus on the scope for enhancing Professional control or self-regulation over work quality, output, and performance etc measures related to the communication studies and neighbouring academic fields.

Many other professions have successfully exerted control and influence over measures of work output, its quality and notions of "excellence", leading-edge, even "world-class" academic achievements – “so why not us” ? These questions may be seen as particularly relevant at a time when top Executives in many universities around the world, often "advised" by a small set [oligopoly] of major corporations, are increasingly prone to define and impose very particular sets of indicators and targets for academic work output. The latter often conceive and measure academic output, quality and performance in ways which ill-match the values and interests of rank-and-file lecturers and professors in the communication studies and related fields.

At the same time ordinary academic staff in many universities where executive have take the “world class” turn simply do not have the material resources to purchase access to the increasingly expensive journals, the majority of them controlled by a small number of corporations or financial interests. For the most part, the leaders and executives of universities tend to remain blissfully blind to the costs imposed by their close embrace of corporate publishing interests whilst neglecting if not undermining the potential for open source or other alternative forms of academic publishing.

At the same time, we observe that the spread of neo-liberal policy and regulatory regimes in recent times have tended to celebrate the role of "self-regulation" when it comes to particular industrial sectors. So again, in suitably critical and reflexively nuanced mode, we may ask: "why not us too" ?

Co-ordinator & Chair: Paschal Preston & LOC

SPEAKERS:
Barbie Zelizer, Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Straubhaar, Amon G. Carter, Sr. Centennial Professor of Communication, University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Colum Kenny, School of Communications, Dublin City University
Janet Wasko, University of Oregon, and President of IAMCR

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

Date and Time: Thursday 27 June 2013, 16.00-17.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

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)

SPEAKERS:
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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Special Session: F)
Changing Geography of the Field: Crisis, Power Shifts and Alternative Constructs

in Rethinking Communication Theory
Date and Time: Friday 28 June 2013, 9.00 - 10.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

This Special Session engages with how such a historically-rare deep economic crisis may imply deep or rapid shifts in the global field of Communication Studies.

Panel Co-ordinator and Chair: Prof. Hopeton Dunn, Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication and Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Panel Chair and Convenor : Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication and Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Speakers Panel
Professor Hu Zhengrong - Vice President of Communications University of China and Director, National Centre for Radio and TV Studies, Beijing, China
Dr. Jack Linchuan Qiu - Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Francis B. Nyamnjoh, Member, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Professor Daya Thussu, Co-Director of India Media Centre, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, School of Media, Art and Design, University of Westminster, UK

Discussants
Dr Pradip Thomas, Associate Professor, and Co-Director, Centre for Communication and Social Change, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Professor Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet, Department of Media and Communication, London School of Economics (LSE) UK

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Special Session: G)
From Neoliberal Pin-Up to ‘Austere’ or ‘Failed’ State? Aspects of Crisis, ‘Creative Destruction’ and Austerity in the Republic of Ireland

Date and Time: Friday 28 June 2013, 14.00-15.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

There is a tradition at IAMCR conferences where the host team organize a session which enables attendees at the conference to get an overview and feel for key social, economic, political or cultural developments in the host country. Given the prevailing historical juncture in the Irish setting, the theme for this session writes itself: “Crisis …”

This session will comprise three papers by prominent local scholars. They will review the key analyses and explanatory frames, as well as briefly describe selective key contours and features of the ongoing crisis and austerity and the responses to same by citizens or social movements so far.

SPEAKERS:
Peadar Kirby, Professor Emeritus, University of Limerick, and Adjunct Professor at University of Iceland, Reykjavik:
"Crises and Responses: Going Backwards or Forwards?"
Prof. Rob Kitchin, Director, National Institute of Regional & Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), National University of Ireland, Maynooth; and founding Chair, Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP):
"Public academic and the crisis in Ireland"
Dr. Roddy Flynn, School of Communication, Dublin City University:
"Irish media in (the) Crisis"
Prof. Michael Cronin, SALIS, Dublin City University:
"Private problems, public issues: suicide and neoliberalism"

Chair: Pat Brereton, Head, School of Communication, Dublin City University

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Special Session: H)
I.C.A. SPECIAL SESSION

Title: New Media, New Literacies, New Research Agenda

Date and Time: Friday 28 June 2013, 16.00-17.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

Summary: The roundtable will discuss the future agenda of media research from a broad perspective, based on the conclusions of the ESF Forward Look group on "Media Studies: New Media and New Literacies", in the presence of a number of authors of the final report.

Co-ordinator & Chair: François Heinderyckx, President-elect, International Communication Association, Washington & Director Dept. of Information and Communication Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Participants:
Peter Golding
Colin Sparks
Slavko Splichal
Peter Vorderer
Barbie Zelizer
Charis Xinaris

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Special Session: J)
Remembering Karol Jakubowicz: Scholar, Policymaker and Friend

Date and Time: Saturday 29 June 2013, 14.00-15.30
Venue: The Theatre, in the Helix building

Chairs: Nico Carpentier & Janet Wasko

SPEAKERS:
Jo Bardoel, University of Amsterdam
Cees Hamelink, University of Amsterdam
Epp Lauk, University of Jyväskylä
Kaarle Nordenstreng, University of Tampere
Jan Servaes, City University of Hong Kong

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