Cancellation of 2020 AMIC Conference

Dear AMIC colleagues,

We wish to inform you that the AMIC Board of Directors (BoD), upon the recommendation of the AMIC Board of Management (BoM), approved the cancellation of the 2020 28th AMIC Conference. This was originally scheduled on 25-27 September 2020 at the Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing. The AMIC Board and the Secretariat seek your understanding and patience.

 

Starting January 2020, our AMIC Secretariat had been in regular consultation with Dr. Peixin Cao of CUC regarding our options in holding the conference in Beijing in the aftermath of the COVID-19.  Finally, on 18 February 2020, we received a letter from Dr. Cao informing us of CUC’s decision to withdraw its hosting of the event in the interest of health and safety of our AMIC members and colleagues.

 

In lieu of the 2020 Annual Conference, AMIC will focus on other urgent matters such as address backlogs in our 2019 Media Asia issues; publish updated Communication Theory: The Asian Perspectives; AMIC Asia 2020 Communication Awards; launch of AMIC Communication Campaigns Excellence Awards; finalize systems, procedures and tools for the accreditation system for Asian communication schools; and the 50th anniversary of AMIC in 2021.

 

AMIC Secretariat envisions a year-long kick-off activities for our 50th anniversary. A plan is now being prepared for this purpose and we will update you on this matter. We expect the full support and participation of our members on this special event.

 

We will also follow up with some country representatives who have earlier expressed interest to convene a national AMIC Conference this year or in succeeding years. We will encourage them to do so and the AMIC Secretariat will provide technical assistance in the planning of such national events. The Secretariat can share with them the list of plenary and parallel sessions earlier prepared for the AMIC Beijing Conference as this could provide ideas on possible themes/issues for the national conferences.

 

AMIC expresses its yearning that our communication colleagues worldwide will stay healthy and safe amidst the health crisis due to the COVID-19 health crisis. We pray that the disease will end soon in the interest of humanity.

 

Thank you very much. Keep well.

Sincerely yours,
 

RAMON R. TUAZON
Secretary General

Passing of Prof. Brian Shoesmith

Passing of Prof. Brian Shoesmith

Prof. Brian Shoesmith

It is with great sadness to inform you that Prof. Brian Shoesmith passed away last January 30. He was in the AMIC board of directors from 1999 to 2005. He was AMIC representative of Australia during that time. He served as media studies and journalism department head of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh from 2006 to 2008.

Call for Papers: MEDIA ASIA 2020

Media Asia
published by AMIC and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

CALL FOR PAPERS

Do you want a broader, international audience to read your papers? Are your studies focused on analyzing current issues on media?

Faculty, students, media practitioners and researchers are invited to send their articles to Media Asia. It is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal published by the Asian Media and Information Communication Centre (AMIC) and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. Published since 1974, Media Asia is in its 46th year.

Papers should focus on practices in journalism, advertising, public relations, entertainment and other aspects of media.

Given the journal’s adherence to the highest degree of academic scholarship, authors should be willing to submit their papers to a double-blind review process where the journal editors shall initially review the article and, if deemed scholarly enough, forward it (redacting the identity of the author or authors) to at least two experts (i.e., on the article’s chosen topic) who will provide objective reviews.

Articles should be written in English and should have not more than 10,000 words (including tables, references, captions and endnotes). They should also have an abstract of 100 to 150 words and keywords not exceeding five. Authors should use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. More information about submission format may be retrieved from https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/tf_quick_guide/.

Interested authors may submit online at https://www.editorialmanager.com/rmea/default.aspx.

In coordination with the editor, authors may also send commentaries on burning issues of the day, as well as reviews of books, films, plays and other media. These submissions are not subjected to peer review.

Effective 2020, Media Asia’s editor is Danilo Arao (University of the Philippines Diliman). The associate editors are Lisa Brooten (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Pamela Custodio (University of the Philippines Los Baños), Ma. Theresa Rivera (Far Eastern University Manila) and Zhang Yin Nick (Hong Kong Baptist University).

If there are any questions, please send an email to Arao at danilo.arao@up.edu.ph.

Call for Papers – ‘Living with Digital Platforms in Asia-Pacific: Everyday Life, Participation, Policy, and Rights’

Call for papers (abstracts due 7 February 2020)
‘Living with Digital Platforms in Asia-Pacific: Everyday Life, Participation, Policy, and Rights’
Special issue of Asian Journal of Communication

Edited by:
Gerard Goggin (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Titik Rahayu (Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia)

 

Internationally, the rise of digital platforms is a highly visible phenomenon in contemporary media and communications and social life. This special issue puts the spotlight on the prefiguring, incubation, and emergence of, and contests over, digital platforms in the Asia Pacific region.

It aims to bring together research, perspectives, proposals, provocations, and debate on questions such as:

 

  • What are the business models, economics, and service offerings of digital platforms in the Asia-Pacific region?
  • What are the socio-political and economic challenges for startups in developing countries to develop new digital platforms and compete with established multinational corporations?
  • How do digital platforms circulate and operate across and within the Asia and Pacific regions? What are the connections between digital platforms in Asia and other regions, as well as global digital platforms?
  • How do digital platforms figure in ­everyday life in Asian and Pacific settings, and what are their socio-cultural dynamics and implications?
  • What are the social imaginaries of Asian and Pacific digital platforms?
  • What theories and concepts are elicited by, and are suitable for, researching Asian and Pacific digital platforms?
  • What is the state of play for digital platforms in relation to social, political, cultural, and other forms of participation?
  • What are the policy issues being raised by digital platforms in Asian and Pacific contexts, and how are policymakers and regulators responding?
  • Where do digital platforms fit into questions of inequality and social justice?
  • What of the implications of digital platforms for communication and expression rights, as well as other human, social, and cultural rights?
  • What are the alternatives to digital platforms being generated or debated in Asian and Pacific societies?

 

We welcome papers on these and other relevant aspects of digital platforms in Asia and Pacific. We are especially interested in research that addresses neglected or new case studies and dimensions of Asian digital platforms. Also we encourage papers that reflect upon and comment upon the research, practice, policy, and other agenda on digital platforms in Asia-Pacific contexts.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract for consideration by 7 February 2020 to the special issue editors:

Gerard Goggin, Nanyang Technological University (gerard.goggin@ntu.edu.sg);
Titik Rahayu, Universitas Airlangga (titik.rahayu@fisip.unair.ac.id)

Following notification of acceptance of abstract, full papers of 6000-9000 words will be due by 15 July 2020 (with full submissions due by 15 December 2020).

For more information on the Asian Journal of Communication, and its style requirements, see https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rajc20/current.

The 26th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)

The 26th International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS)

Call for Papers

Conference Time: May 28-31, 2020
Conference Venue: Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, Karnataka, India Conference Hosts: MAHE, India, and University of Louisville, USA
Conference Theme: Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Times

As we move further into the 21st century, issues of diversity and multiculturalism are becoming increasingly complex. The constant flow of persons, cultures, and ideas between and among nations not only intensifies contact and connection among global citizens but also brings to the surface both emergent and perennial issues of difference, identity, and territory. With expansive networks moving at breakthrough speeds and intensities, the very concepts of diversity and multiculturalism are changing, especially as they encounter transglobal forces of nationalism, populism, and hegemony. What does it mean to live in a multicultural society? How does the one and the many create community, resolve conflicts, in complicated religious, linguistic, educational, and cultural contexts? What happens to minorities and indigenous peoples within larger majority cultures? The theme of this conference seeks to address these issues in the context of nations and the larger world.

Conference Goals:

  • To provide scholars, educators and practitioners from different cultural communities with opportunities to interact, network and benefit from each other’s research and expertise related to intercultural communication issues

  • To synthesize research perspectives and foster interdisciplinary scholarly dialogues for developing integrated approaches to complex problems of communication across cultures

  • To advance the methodology for intercultural communication research and disseminate practical findings to facilitate understanding across cultures

  • To foster global intercultural sensitivity and involve educators, business professionals, students and other stakeholders worldwide in discourses about diversity and transcultural communication issues.

Topic areas are broadly defined as, but not limited to, the following:

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Guidelines for Submissions:

 

  • Abstract, 100-150 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12 point font size, single spaced.

  • Panel proposals reflecting the conference theme or topic areas may be submitted. Panel proposals shall include title of panel, a 100-150 word abstract of each panelist’s paper (as above). Panel proposals must include positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12 point font size, single spaced.

Contact: Please send abstracts, panel proposals, to the following email address: 26iaicsmanipal.2020@gmail.com

Deadline: Please submit abstracts and panel proposals by December 15,2019 Conference Working Language: English

Overview:

The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies consists of scholars from a range of the cultural sciences who are dedicated to doing research on communication across cultures. Its membership is made up of participants from over 32 countries. These participants meet annually at different locations around the world to discuss common research interests. The results of their investigations are published in the journal of the organization, Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS).

Reorganizing Media Asia

Reorganizing Media Asia

ANNOUNCEMENT
November 15, 2019

Reorganizing Media Asia

The peer-reviewed journal Media Asia is transitioning to a new editorial leadership.

Danilo Arao, an associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, is currently being phased in as the new editor. He replaces Cherian George, an associate dean of the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).

Aside from teaching journalism at UP Diliman, he is also a special lecturer at the Department of Journalism of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Sta. Mesa, Manila. In the past, he taught courses in political science, journalism and communication at De La Salle University in the Philippines, Hannam University in South Korea and Technisché Universität (TU) Ilmeanau in Germany.

As a practicing journalist, he works as associate editor of the online publication Bulatlat Multimedia and writes a column for another online publication Pinoy Weekly. He is also board secretary of Kodao Productions (a multimedia group) and board treasurer of Alipato Media Center (publisher of Bulatlat Multimedia).

He has authored books in Filipino and English, examples of which are Kuro-kuro [Opinion] (Flipside Publishing, 2015); and The ASEAN guide: A journalist’s handbook to regional integration in Southeast Asia [with M. Löffelholz as co-author] (International Institute for Journalism-GIZ, 2011).

He brings to Media Asia his experience editing the peer-reviewed journals Plaridel, Philippine Journalism Review and Social Science Diliman, as well as reviewing manuscripts for other academic journals and publishing houses. Outside the academe, he worked for seven years as editor-in-chief and research head of IBON Foundation, an independent research think-tank that conducts research on socioeconomic issues.

Under Arao’s editorial leadership, Media Asia aims to publish articles on the practice of the media profession, focusing on trends and patterns that could help make sense of the current environment.

Media Asia thanks Cherian George for his services and welcomes Danilo Arao as its new editor.

Established in 1974, the peer-reviewed journal is published by the Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Centre and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

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