Call for Papers: "Critical Mediatization Research. Power, inequality and social change in a mediatized age"
The international conference is organized by the priority program "Mediatized Worlds" in cooperation with the ECREA Section "Mediatization" and takes place from 30st August to 1st September 2016 in Bremen, Germany. Deadline for abstracts is 31st March 2016.
As more and more media become relevant and intertwined with various social and cultural practices at a micro, mezzo, and macro level, it becomes evident that mediatization research cannot just describe, reconstruct and explain the ongoing developments, but must also involve critical studies, critical analysis, and reflections or start by referring to critical theories. 'Critical' in this context does not imply utopian hopes or dystopian fears, but rather an understanding of the interrelations between communicative, social and cultural changes from the perspective of civil society: how do media related transformations affect the constraints and opportunities of social and cultural life or create new ones, and for which groups in society may changes be beneficial or detrimental?
With this call for papers the conference intends to contribute to an open debate about mediatization research in relation to various critical approaches.
Please find the full Call for Papers here.