CfP: Media and media practices in minority and competitive contexts: From local to global

Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS)
University of Alberta

Le Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines (CHCSC)
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

With the support of :

Department of Political Science, University of Alberta
Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta
Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta
TV5 – Quebec

Media and media practices in minority and competitive contexts:  From local to global

University of Alberta

11-12 May 2012

Few studies have been conducted on the topic of media in minority context. However, in today’s plurilingual and multicultural societies, their role in the functioning of democracy and in the construction of minorities’ cultural identities is crucial. These media are both channels of communication and gathering places or common areas for communities. By connecting individuals who share the same language, these media reinforce solidarity within minority groups as well as their cultural identity, both at the local and global levels. In order to maintain their existence, minority media must also position themselves vis-à-vis the media of the majority to which their audiences also have access.

Conceived as a space for exchange between practitioners and researchers in social sciences, humanities and modern languages, this colloquium seeks to reflect on the role of media in minority contexts from various perspectives and with a comparative angle. The selection committee solicits proposals on any question related to the issue of media in minority contexts, and in particular in relation with questions of: cultural representations (identity, art, translation), democracy (multiculturalism, ethics, media status), networks (national, transnational), professional practice (journalism, technology), language policy and language use. We encourage submissions dealing with different media:  television, radio, specialized and general press [newspapers and magazines], posters, internet, etc. We strongly encourage media professionals to participate. Working language will be English and French. Proposals can be submitted in either of these two languages. Selected proceedings of the conference will be published.

Submission of proposals

September 1, 2011 : Deadline for the submission of proposals

Abstract (400 words maximum) to be sent to  minority.media.conf@gmail.com. The abstract should contain a title.

Please put your name in the subject of your mail, and your further references in the mail message (affiliation, university or institution, e-mail, phone number, and the title of your paper).

October 31, 2011: Notification of acceptance by the Academic Committee after a double blind peer-review

Academic Committee

Marc-François Bernier (Université d’Ottawa, Canada), Mike Cormack (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland),  Luc Côté (Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface), Robert Darnton (Harvard University, USA), Christian Delporte (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France), Ouzi Elyada (Université de Haifa, Israel), Donald Ipperciel (University of Alberta, Canada), Karim H. Karim (Carleton University, Canada), Andy Knight (University of Alberta, Canada), Elisabeth Le (University of Alberta, Canada), Marc Lits (Université catholique de Louvain), Marie-Linda Lord (Université de Moncton, Canada), Catherine Murray (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Lloyd Sciban (University of Calgary, Canada), Jean Valenti (Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, Canada), Isabelle Veyrat-Masson (CNRS, Université Paris IV, France)

Organizing Committee

Sophie Kienlen, Caroline Moine, Géraldine Poels, François Robinet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France); Marine Ghéno, Justine Huet, Andy Knight, Elisabeth Le, Iaroslav Pankovskyi, Sathya Rao, Christian Reyns-Chikuma (University of Alberta, Canada) ; David Maurice (Université de Sherbrooke)