The ICA Pre-Conference “Global Media and Human Rights” is calling for papers. The pre-conference will be held in Prague on 23 and 24 May 2018.
“Media and communication studies, with its history of linking human and communication rights at crucial 20th century junctions, has a key role in promoting human rights in the 21st century. The media cannot only boost human rights consciousness by exposing their violations, but they can inform civic action on unprecedented scales and mobilize humanitarian intervention. On the flip side, media can (and do) injure human rights through desensitization, where viewers are turned into voyeurs of exotic victimization. Even more ubiquitous bruising of rights is sustained through the pervasive use of surveillant technologies, which bring with them social and historical contingencies”, the call states.
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
- Communication rights
- Racial/ethnic/gendered/sexual politics and positionalities
- Cultural politics, neoliberalism and the rise of the far-right
- Social movements
- Environmental communication and rights
- Popular culture and resistance
- The media and social justice
- Media studies, ‘rights’ discourses and intersectionality
- Social media, human rights and activism
- Media strategies
- War, terrorism and surveillance
Selection will be based on abstract submission (min 250 words, max 500 words). The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2018. The decision on accepted proposals will be announced by February 15, 2018. Accepted participants will circulate short position papers prior to the preconference (deadline 30 April, 2018).
Link to full call for papers.