@JMAD 2011 Conference Keynotes announced

JMAD is pleased to announce a stellar line-up of international keynote speakers to open the 2011 Auckland conference: @JMAD2011 The political economy of communication [15-16 September 2011].

Three leading international scholars in the political economy of communication will kick-start this year’s JMAD conference. Graham Murdock, Janet Wasko and Dwayne Winseck are well known for their research and writing in the field over many years.

Our keynotes will address the conference statement and set the scene for two-days of presentations and discussion.

Conference Statement
There is a deepening symbiosis between capitalism and communication.  Convergences across mass media, telecommunication and computer technologies have opened up new sectors of production and profit realisation.  These same technologies also shape the networks of finance, production, symbolic representation and consumer culture.  For scholars and policy makers such developments have generated concerns about regulation, cultural expression, ideological obfuscation and communication rights.  Meanwhile, evolving information and communication technologies directly facilitate local-global activism against prevailing relations of power. @JMAD2011 seeks to address these issues, particularly contributions that inform and empower democratic media habits and practices.

Introducing JMAD2011 Keynote SpeakersGraham Murdock

Graham Murdock is Reader in the Sociology of Culture at Loughborough University (UK) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bergen, Stockholm and Helsinki, California at San Diego and The Free University of Brussels. He was one of the pioneering figures in reviving and developing a critical political economy of media and is a former head of the Political Economy Section of the International Association of Media and Communication Research. He is currently working on the idea of the digital commons. His writings have been translated in nineteen languages. His recent publications include, as co-editor,   Digital Dynamics: Engagements and Exclusions [Hampton Press 2010], The Public Sphere: A Four Volume Collection of key Texts [Sage 2010], and The Blackwell Handbook of Political Economy of Communications [Wiley-Blackwell 2011]

Janet Wasko is the Knight Chair for Communication Research at University of Oregon in Eugene, Janet WaskoOregon, USA. She is the author of How Hollywood Works (Sage, 2003), Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy (Polity Press/Blackwell, 2001), and Hollywood in the Information Age: Beyond the Silver Screen (Polity Press, 1994), editor of A Companion to Television (Blackwell, 2005) and Dazzled by Disney? The Global Disney Audience Project (Leicester University Press/Continuum, 2001), as well as other volumes on the political economy of communication and democratic media. Her research and teaching focuses on the political economy of media, especially film and the movie industry, as well as issues relating to democracy and media.

Dwayne Winseck is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, with a cross-appointment to the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1993 and has lived and taught in Britain, the People’s Republic of China, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as well as the United States.  His research examines the political economies of communication, media history, new media, surveillance and national security, and theories of democracy and globalization.  He has published widely in leading scholarly journals and Dwayne Winseckoccasionally in the popular press.  His latest book (co-authored with Robert M. Pike), Communication and Empire: Media, Markets and Globalization, 1860-1930 (2007, Duke University), won the Canadian Communication Association’s G.G. Robinson Award for book-of-the-year in 2008.  He and Dal Yong Jin’s co-edited volume, Political Economies of the Media: the Transformation of the Global Media Industries, will be published in May 2011 by Bloomsbury Academic (London, UK). 

Call for Papers
Australian Journal of Communication
Papers and abstracts are welcome from established and emerging researchers in the global field of political economy and communication. A Call for Papers outlines this year’s conference themes, submission guidelines and refereeing process. A selection of the best original papers will be published in a special edition of the Australian Journal of Communication


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