May 10-13, 2018
Loyola University Chicago

Chicago. Illinois

In an era of increasing authoritarianism, militarization, and continuing media consolidation, the need for robust democratic communication and more powerful social movements has become urgent. The new US administration has rushed to further inequality, racism, sexism, and the destruction of the environment, including leaving the Paris Accords, while targeting undocumented workers, immigrants, refugees, women, and people of color, in particular—all of which has emboldened a rabid, white supremacist rising. Globally the US and its myriad transnational allies actively attack any and all democratic movements from Latin America and Africa to the Mideast and Asia, while financing and fomenting wars and interventions that displace millions and destroy the lives of thousands. Transnational media everywhere obscure the instigators and realities of rising inequality, providing spectacle and entertainment for promoting military actions, austerity, and the gutting of civil liberty and human rights.

In the midst of these attacks, powerful resistance and inspiring social movements continue to emerge: from Black Lives Matter and the Fight for $15, to the North Dakota Water Protectors; from mass social movements across Latin America to battles by organized workers in China, Greece, and South Africa; from powerful women’s movements in India and the women’s march in the US to the expanding international environmental movement.

This conference seeks to traverse the intersections of Media, Resistance, and Justice through presentations and conversations that offer insights and suggestions for advancing and securing a more democratic, just society.

The Union for Democratic Communication 2018 conference invites contributions on Media, Resistance, and Justice that address our contemporary crises and the rise of state and non-state right wing attacks. In particular, we invite contributions that highlight the means and methods for active resistance, democratic communication, and the promotion of social justice. New and established scholars, graduate students, activists, and media creators are encouraged to submit proposals.

Topics for presentations may also address:

  • Race, class, gender and/or indigeneity
  • Debt, precarity and austerity
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Intersectionality
  • slavery, colonialism/post-colonialism and/or the primitive accumulation of capital
  • progressive movements, social movements, mass mobilizations and protests
  • alt-global visions
  • left-state alternatives
  • media reform and communication policy
  • neo-fascism
  • media literacy and critical media theory
  • the neoliberal assault on higher education, radical scholars and academic freedom
  • critical communication pedagogy
  • fake news and propaganda
  • intersections of politics, morality, and communication in the current political climate
  • eco media studies

Individual Submissions:

Abstracts for papers should be 300-500 words and include name and affiliation of submitter.*

Enhancing Chance of Acceptance for Individual Submission:

  • Don’t reveal your identity in the title or the abstract.
  • Make sure your abstract relates to either the conference theme or the organization’s mission (and ideally, to both).
  • Describe clearly and concisely (300-500 words) what your submission does.
  • Make sure it is well-edited.

Panels, Workshops, Working Groups, and Roundtable Submissions:

Abstracts for panel proposals, workshops, and roundtables should be 300-500 words and include title, abstract, and participants invited.*

Enhancing the Chance of Acceptance for a Panel/Workshop:

  • Have one member of the panel or workshop submit an overarching panel title and abstract.
  • Each member should submit an individual abstract for their contribution and, if appropriate, a title for their contribution.  Also, include just the panel title so they can be reviewed together.
  • Don’t reveal your identity or the identity of anyone on the panel in any of the submissions
  • Make sure all abstracts relate to either the conference theme or the organization’s mission (and ideally, to both)
  • In all abstracts, describe clearly and concisely (300-500 words) what your submission does.
  • Make sure it is well-edited.

Graduate students should submit full papers and abstracts to be considered for the Brian Murphy Student Paper Award.*

*All submissions are given a double-blind review.

Please send abstracts and proposals to:

Deadline for Submissions: 15 October 2017

Notice of Acceptance:

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than 15 January 2018.

For any questions, please contact: [email protected]

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