Conference Dates: February 23-24, 2018
Conference Location: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 22, 2017

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Critical Media Literacy Conference 2018
Call for Papers
Theme: Critical Media Literacy in the Age of Neoliberalism

In an era when global media conglomerates increasingly push for policies that expand their influence over world markets, every field of human activity, including education, is seen as a potential market. This shift has widely been attributed to the rise of neoliberalism, which we contend is not simply a way to classify state policies or a new phase of late capitalism but as Wendy Brown (2015) notes, “a governing rationality extending a specific formulation of economic values, practices, and metrics to every dimension of human life” (p. 30). With the accompanying deregulation of commercial media and communication markets and the proliferation of digital communication technologies, the pedagogical potential of media is profound. The pervasiveness of market ideologies, which have largely become ordinary across the dimensions of human life, intensifies the need for critical media literacies that urgently and critically redefine, redirect, and recreate notions of knowledge, truth, and justice. This multidisciplinary conference seeks educational leaders, future teachers, youth, liberal arts educators, media/communication scholars and others interested in understanding of the mass media and its influence on education and our every day lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential to exposing social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century.

Toward that end, we enthusiastically call for paper proposals that engage with media in ways that disrupt the normative discourses perpetuated through market logics, promote way of thinking critically about and with digital media culture, and present opportunities for analyzing and interpreting the codes, conventions, and ideologies implicit in our media saturated lives. Paper proposals might address topics such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • How have various technologies employed by corporate conglomerates in the mass media been used to foster critical understanding and solidarity across the globe, rather than to promote conformity and corporatism?
  • How do educators, youth, and concerned citizens provide more genuine representations of global citizens through their own media products including social media?
  • How do teacher educators integrate critical media studies in teacher preparation programs?
  • How do current standards in education promote critical media literacy in schools?
  • What do educators think about as they implement critical media literacy in their PK-12 classrooms?
  • How has media literacy successfully fostered K-20 students’ critical engagement with mass media?
  • How can various critical theories enrich our understanding of the mass media in the age of neoliberalism?
  • What are some ways in which media literacy can be applied to the new demands and concerns of today’s digitized culture?
  • What are the consequences of being constantly connected to media?
  • How do current trends in media shape and change how we live?
  • How do the liberal arts contribute to understandings of media literacy?
  • How does critical media literacy impact media and communications in general?
  • What does a historical analysis of critical media literacy education in the U.S. tell us about current and future trends in critical media literacy education?
  • How might library scientists go about training critical media librarians?

Strand 1: Liberal Arts

Papers in this strand will explore the existing or potential connection between the liberal arts and critical media inquiry.

Strand 2: Educational Foundations

Papers in this strand will explore interpretive, normative, and critical approaches to examining media. Papers that address critical pedagogy in online spaces are also highly desirable.

Strand 3: Curriculum Studies

How does the study of critical media literacy impact the continual reconceptualization of curriculum theory and curriculum studies?

Strand 4: Critical Media Literacy New Inquiries

Papers in this strand will explore questions and issues related to shifting definitions of literacy, critical media literacy, and potential new intersections of inquiry.

Strand 5: ACME Sessions

The Action Coalition for Media Education is an independently funded critical media literacy education network that teaches effective approaches to engage, challenge, and create media in ways that empower individuals and communities. This strand will be for specific to the Friday, February 23rd afternoon session.

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