[Air-l] Digital Generations Conference announcement

Rebekah Willett R.Willett at ioe.ac.uk
Fri Apr 2 06:42:45 PST 2004

Digital Generations:
Children, young people and new media

26-29 July 2004
London, England

A major international conference organised by
The Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media
Institute of Education, University of London

Computer games, the internet and other new communications media are often seen to pose threats and dangers to young people; but they also provide new opportunities for creativity and self-determination. This international conference will present the most exciting and challenging new research on children, young people and new digital media. We aim to bring together researchers from a range of academic disciplines – including media and cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology and education – and to promote dialogue within and across research traditions.  We also aim to develop dialogue between researchers, practitioners in digital media, and educators. 

Keynote speakers include David Buckingham (University of London), Mizuko Ito (University of Southern California), Henry Jenkins (MIT), Gunther Kress (University of London) and Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics).  The last day of the conference will be an education day featuring new research and strategies for teachers, as well as workshops led by practitioners, such as games and web designers.  We have accepted around 100 papers from over 30 countries, covering topics such as video gaming, online communities, video and music production and mobile telephones.

Conference themes will include:  
<sum> Digital divides: social differences in children's uses of new media
<sum> Globalisation and intercultural communication
<sum> Changing youth and childhood identities  
<sum> New media, schools and informal learning
<sum> Regulation: censorship or consumer empowerment?
<sum> Play, games and interactivity
<sum> Children and young people as media producers

For more information, including registration forms, see www.ccsonline.org.uk/mediacentre/Events/main.html
Email: newmedia2004 at ioe.ac.uk

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