[Air-L] CFP: University of Leeds ICS Postgrad Conference "Communications and Space/Place"
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Communication and Space/ Place
2nd Postgraduate Conference
University of Leeds, Institute of Communications Studies
Leeds, United Kingdom
Friday, 6 June 2008
Following the great success of last year's first PhD conference, the
Institute of Communications Studies (ICS) at the University of Leeds
will be hosting a second post-graduate conference for research in
communications and media. We invite students from all disciplines at the
Master's or Doctoral level to present research that pertains to the
conceptualisation and/or observation of �space/place� in relation to
communication, media and culture.
Although Space and Place can be understood broadly, the theoretical and
material implications of their relationship to media and communications
are important to studies in this field. The two words, taken either
together or separately, are crucial to all manner of media and
communications structures/networks/economies/policies, such as the
discursive 'space' of contemporary politics, shifting conceptions of
public and private 'places', the focus on flows between locales in a
global capitalist economy, the importance of creative 'space' in the
culture industries, the decentralised 'space' of online 'citizen media',
and so on. While a look at various definitions of either word reveals at
once their potential compatibilities and irreconcilabilities, the
linguistic convergence marked by each word's functionality as both verb
and noun presents us with myriad possibilities of thinking Space and Place.
Spaces and places may be 'real' or 'virtual' environments and locales;
sites of expansion or contraction; material realisations or policies of
freedom or restriction. Space/Place can also be understood in terms of
culture and discursive relationships; they can be formations where the
identities of groups and individuals are explored and/or constructed,
and where notions of human agency encounter forces and ideologies that
influence and are influenced by the ways that social actors and
The following are some possible areas of inquiry:
The problematic dichotomies of public-private, 'real'-virtual, spaces
and places for the use/consumption of media.
Meaning/Representation: The spaces and places in which media and
communication are produced and consumed have a profound relationship to
how 'meaning' is derived from them. How are people from different
cultures, ethnicities, etc. represented by and in media and communications?
What are the policies that shape the relationship of communication,
space/place, and 'stakeholders' (public, state, market, NGOs etc) how is
space/place regulated? How do space/place relate to prohibition of
communication, or the use of various media as propaganda?
The spaces and places in which media and communication are produced and
consumed have a profound relationship to how 'meaning' is derived from
them. To what extent, and in which ways, are media and communications
spaces/places contingent (or not) on aspects of each other and on media
producers and consumers?
Are there barriers to participation in certain media/communications
spaces/places? How does power operate in these spaces/places? How are
new formations of power relationships developed with relation to
space/place? How are old formations changing or being reinforced in
What happens at the edges and intersections of spaces/places, i.e. when
traditional media meet the Internet, or when communications cross over
between genres and media? Does a place necessarily constitute a space,
and vice versa? Are they fluid; are they mutually exclusive?
Please submit an abstract by 21 January 2008 with a general description
of your research paper, indicating your topic, theoretical framework,
research questions or hypotheses, and methodological considerations. The
abstract should not exceed 500 words and should be attached to your
email in a common document format (MS Word compatible, Word Perfect).
Should your proposal be accepted, we will ask you to provide a full
paper before the conference.
All accepted full papers will be read, discussed and commented on by
members of the academic staff from the Institute of Communications
Studies who have expertise in your topic, method, or theoretical
framework. This can be a golden opportunity for you to refine your
thoughts, openly share your concerns, and receive constructive critique
from professors and fellow postgraduate students working in your area.
It is also a great chance to start building or expanding your
professional and academic network. Following the conference your paper
will be published in the forthcoming ICS Postgraduate Conference
proceedings open access online journal.
Email: ics-pg-conference at leeds.ac.uk
Abstracts: 21 January 2008
Acceptance Notification: 3 March 2008
Full papers: 30 April 2008
Please indicate the following in the body of your email:
Title of presentation as it appears on the abstract
Affiliaton (program and university)
Level and year of study (ex. Master's, 2nd year)
A/V requirements (computer/projector, film projector, VCR/DVD, stereo,
Other requirements (table, easel, hooks, display materials).
Mobility and other special needs requirements (wheel chair access, etc.)
We look forward to receiving your abstracts, and thank you for your
-The Organising Committee.
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