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ECREA Media and Communication Conference, Rotterdam 2009


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths, University of London 

Douglas Kellner, UCLA 

Liesbet van Zoonen, Loughborough University


Rotterdam, 26-27 November 2009

(Deadline for submissions: 15 May)

Hosted by: ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and
Culture), Erasmus University Rotterdam


We would like to hereby invite abstracts for a conference organised by
ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture)
together with ECREA's Gender & Communication, Communication & Democracy,
and Film Studies sections and the Young Scholars' Network. Please see
below for a short description and a list of possible areas of
contributions. Please note that the deadline for abstracts has been
extended to 15 May 2009.


***Media, Communication and the Spectacle*** This conference is a
collaboration between the ECREA sections Gender & Communication,
Communication & Democracy, and Film Studies and invites abstracts in
these domains. The theme of the conference is the interrelation between
Media, Communication and the Spectacle (see Viewing the notion of the
spectacle in broad terms, this colloquium seeks to bring together
scholarly work from academic fields such as democracy and (new) media,
as well as journalism and film studies.


We invite paper and panel proposals related to the central theme of the
conference, including (but not limited to) the following topics:


- The notion of society of the spectacle.

- Culture as spectacle in the media.

- The use of performance and spectacle by protest movements, creating or
being part of media events

- Infotainment as spectacle

- Hollywood and spectacular images: blockbusters, CGI, etc.

- Consuming the spectacle: historical and contemporary practices of
cinema going.

- Behind the screens of the spectacle: the political economy of cultural

- Screening the (un)spectacular? World cinemas and/as alternative screen

- Fandom, cult media/film and performative consumption

- Youtube and citizens' spectacularised self-presentation

- The hyperreality of the spectacle of 'truth' (linked to information,
news, representations, visual culture as such, etc.).

- The materiality of information production as commodity fetishism
(commodities become images and the other way around).

- Private/public debate and the spectacle of bodies, gendered bodies,
politics, etc.

- The imaginary and media performativity.

- Vision and Voyeurism: The Politics of Surveillance Post-9/11


Organised by ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication

Culture) and ECREA's Gender and Communication section, Communication and
Democracy section, Film Studies section and the Young Scholars' Network.


See URL for full call for papers:


Proposals: abstracts of max. 400 words can be submitted via e-mail to:

[log in to unmask] Abstracts may be submitted as attachment in word,
.rtf or .txt format or embedded in the body of the email. Please make
sure to include the name of the author(s), affiliation, contact address,
and email.

Young scholars are also encouraged to apply. When submitting your
abstract, please indicate to which section you are submitting: Gender
and Communication, Communication and Democracy, or Film Studies.
Deadline for sending in the paper abstract is 15 May 2009. Notification
of selection will be no later than 15 June 2009.







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