The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with a major conference in Paris this summer (23-25 July). The conference, to be held at the headquarters of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) with additional activities at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Sorbonne, will celebrate “fifty years of theory and practice” in media and communication research.
The Montreal Media Policy Group holds its final meeting of a very busy year next Wednesday, 2 May, when it will receive visiting scholar/activist Ralf Bendrath, Research Fellow at the University of Bremen for a discussion of contemporary issues in Internet governance. For more on the event, click here
The Montreal Media Policy Group is a collective of young academics, legal and industry representatives from the Montreal area, launched in November, 2005. This was an initiative of the newly established Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, Marc Raboy, and McGill PhD candidate Gregory Taylor. Though McGill-based, the group is designed to encompass not just the McGill scholarly community but the greater sphere of media activists, academics and practitioners in the wider Montreal region. Since the first meeting in November 2005, a solid core and changing cast have met regularly to discuss significant issues related to media governance.
Media@McGill, in partnership with the and the (BBC), is organizing a two-day international conference on the future of public broadcasting, to take place in London, England on 7-8 September 2007. "This is a topic that has baffled media analysts and policy-makers alike for the past two decades," said , Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications and one of the lead organizers of the conference. "The renewal of the BBC's governing Charter this year provides an interesting benchmark for rethinking this difficult issue," said Professor Raboy.
A number of scholars from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies (AHCS) at McGill University have participated in workshops at the Centre for Research on Intermediality (CRI) at the Université de Montréal. The CRI, founded in 1996, is an unique research centre that explores the rapidly changing relationships between old and new media.
The increased involvement of McGill faculty members at the CRI has been a natural evolution over the past decade. Many members joined or participated in CRI activities upon arrival at McGill. As Dr. Darin Barney, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship, says “I expect these involvements will ebb and flow over time”.
by Ali Mohamed
If there is one word that has become the currency among journalists and academics in the past 20 years, it is globalization. Numerous theories about globalization abound, and every discipline is seeking to find its epistemological location in the debate. However one defines globalization, a broad acknowledgment exists that the world has undergone rapid change in the past decades and continues to do so. Suarez-Orozco and Qin-Hilliard (2004) write: “While human lives continue to be lived in local realities, these realities are increasingly being challenged and integrated into larger global networks of relationships”. Human experience is linked to economic realities, social processes, technological and media innovations, and cultural flows that traverse national boundaries with even greater momentum.