AMIC  Newsletter: April 2013

MEDIA ASIA VOL 40/1 Bollywood and Globalization.jpg       Media Asia, Vol 40/1        re-launched in a new format

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Yogyakarta Team On-Track!

A grand welcome  to Yogyakarta is guaranteed for delegates to AMIC’s 2013 conference in July.


The Universitas  Gadjah Mada (UGM) organising team preparing for the conference has arrangements  well in hand and is looking forward to being of service to AMIC members and  delegates. Hotel accommodation has been secured and meeting room facilities put  in place. The conference venue, Hotel Melia Purosani, is offering special guest  room rates for delegates. Conference meeting spaces are of the highest quality  and are fully-equipped with modern technologies. The break-out session rooms  are closely grouped together on one of the hotel floors, thus enabling  delegates to quickly move from one venue to the next.


Under the overall  authority of the UGM Rector, Dr. Pratikno, and the Dean of the Faculty of  Social and Political Sciences, Dr. Erwan Agus Purwanto, the organising  committee, led by Dr. Hermin Indah Wahyuni, is working hard to ensure that AMIC  conference delegates enjoy both a fruitful academic time and a rewarding social  experience when they visit Yogyakarta, one of Indonesia’s most renowned  cultural cities.

Dr.  Hermin Wahyuni (r) and the UGM planning team greets AMIC Country  Representative,
Dr. Zulkarimein Nasution, and AMIC Secretariat staffers, Rachel  and Ivy

Travelling to  Yogyakarta recently, AMIC Secretariat members, Associate Professor Rachel Khan  and Ms Ivy Alcantara, said they were impressed with the arrangements now in  hand. “AMIC members are assured of a tremendous time during the 22nd  AMIC conference” they said. “Traditional Indonesian hospitality will enhance  the conference proceedings and ensure that international visitors take away  rich and happy memories.”


On-line  conference registration is now available. Delegates should also book their  hotel rooms. All details are available on the AMIC web-site at

Media Asia in New Format

Bollywood and Globalization.jpgAMIC’s popular Asian  communication quarterly, Media Asia,  is re-launching for 2013 in a new format.


Rather than the  previous A-4 sized magazine, the new Media  Asia will be more compact in size and shape. Under its new Editor,  Associate Professor Cherian George, Media  Asia content is also undergoing a revamp, with Volume 40, Number 1  including a range of new features and commentaries.


Heading the new  edition of the quarterly is an in-depth retrospective on health communication  in Asia, recalling that the last major SARS outbreak occurred a decade ago. Media Asia also includes articles on  social media and e-engagement in Singapore, ‘news as entertainment’ in  Indonesia, and the coverage of racial political issues in Malaysia. The  journalism profession is investigated in an article on job satisfaction and  aspirations.


AMIC members can  access Media Asia on-line as part of  their membership subscription and they also have reduced rates for the  hard-copy version. Non-AMIC members can subscribe to Media Asia, in print or e-version.


AMIC Membership Renewals Now Being Accepted

Institutional  and individual membership renewals are beginning to flow into the AMIC  Secretariat at an increasing rate as members look forward to participating in  the 22nd annual AMIC conference to be held in Yogyakarta (4th-7th  July, 2013).


AMIC membership  brings an attractive discounted conference registration rate, as well as ensuring  access to the AMIC Annual General Meeting (AGM), the organisation’s overall  decision-making mechanism. The AMIC AGM will be held at the conference venue in  Yogyakarta on the evening of 5th July.


Apart from  reduced registration fees, AMIC membership also entitles members to a free  on-line subscription to the AMIC quarterly, Media  Asia, and a discounted fee for the prestigious Asian Journal of Communication.  Access to AMIC Resource Centres is another benefit, while many other important  services and discounts also apply.


Membership  renewal is now available, for details please visit our  website.

Publishing Opportunity for AMIC Members

In the wake of its successful  CeDEM-Asia-2012 conference, held in collaboration with AMIC, the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government  (JeDEM) is calling for papers for a special edition.


The theme is Transformation of  Citizenship and Governance in Asia: The Challenges of Social and Mobile Media and the extended deadline for papers is now 10th May, 2013.


The proliferation of social media and  mobile phones over the last decade has spurred significant interest in their  civic and political implications. While the role of new media platforms in  facilitating macro-level political changes has generally attracted most  attention, these new communication tools are also actively utilized in more  traditional civic and political processes. In addition, social and mobile media  platforms have created new channels and means for citizens to interact with  governments and other political institutions, monitor their functioning, and  more actively participate in policy-making processes. There is little doubt  that the emerging social and mobile media practices are changing our  understanding of governance and politics.


While the above changes are already  widely debated in mature, developed Western democracies, there is an even  greater need to address them in the context of rapidly developing Asian  societies. This special issue is aimed at showcasing innovative scholarly works  examining various subjects concerning the role of social media, mobile phones,  and other new technologies in the formation of democratic citizenship and good  governance in Asia. Scholarly works that address relevant topics in a  particular Asian country, and comparative research on Asian countries or Asian  and non-Asian countries are welcome. 


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