Several students and faculty from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies will participate next week in the 12th Congress of the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, to be held in Mexico City from February 13-15th. Faculty members Jenny Burman, Joseph Rosen and Will Straw, and Communication students Susana Vargas (MA) and Lisa Sumner (PhD) are all presenting papers at this event, which will focus on the theme of Territory and Society in North America. McGill’s involvement builds upon a decade-long history of collaboration between media scholars at McGill and Canadian studies scholars in Mexico City.
In Memphis, the National Conference for Media Reform discussed strategies for opening the U.S. Media Reform Movement
National Conference for Media Reform, 12-14 January 2007
Social Science Research Council Pre-conference, 11 January 2007
By Evan Light
Co-presented by the Social Science Research Council, SSRC and Freepress, the Media Policy Research Pre-Conference took place on 11 January, setting the stage for the next three days of dialogue and debate during the National Media Reform Conference. The opening keynote speaker was Federal Communications Commission, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, one of two activist Commissioners at the American regulator who is trying to curb commercial dominance of the communication and media sectors.
The proposed Alliance Atlantis takeover bid by CanWest Global Communications Corp., with the support of the US-based Goldman Sachs Capital Partners continues to hit the headlines in the business sections of the newspapers on both sides of the border.
Dr. Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications and member of Media@McGill has been asked to comment on the takeover bid in both newspaper and television interviews. He was recently the guest of the Michael Hainsworth Business News show on ROBTv.
By Greg Taylor
The first great wave of Canadian media consolidation happened in the late ‘90s, largely as a reaction to massive mergers taking place south of the border. Despite the problems encountered after that round of buy-outs (AOL Time Warner is again Time Warner and Bell went back to phones, so BellGlobeMedia is now CTVGlobeMedia), it is clear that Canada is now in the midst of another enormous wave of corporate media convergence.
We are delighted to note that Media@McGill is currently featured on the home page of Media@LSE, the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Media@LSE graciously welcomes the arrival of “a ‘sister’ logo designating another high quality centre for critical research and teaching in our field”. Coming less than three months after the launch of Media@McGill, this is a proud sign of recognition from one of the world’s most inspirational centres of media studies. See website