[acc-cca-l] CFP: Communication & Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform May 3-7 2021 (Zoom)

Sara Bannerman sara.bannerman.lists at gmail.com
Thu Dec 3 09:19:55 MST 2020


Communication & Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform: A virtual conference presented by the Communication Governance Observatory (CGO) and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP).
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

May 3-7, 2021 by Zoom

Algorithms and digital platforms play increasingly important roles in governing how we communicate and how we discover and engage with media and culture. The ‘platform turn’ in dominant media systems has significant implications for life opportunities, employment, participation in the digital economy (whose content is distributed and prioritized?), the star system (who is promoted and how? what counts as success?), politics (which and whose perspective is dominant? how has political deliberation and debate been re-mediatized?), international relations (whose view of the world is dominant?) and social relations (how are inequities in representation reproduced and transformed?).  This virtual conference will draw together researchers in Canada and beyond to explore the intersections between media/communications/cultural policy and platforms.

Please note that this conference was originally scheduled to take place in May 2020.  It has been rescheduled to take place virtually in May 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference schedule will include all papers previously accepted, and we are currently accepting new papers on the topics outlined in the numbered list above that have emerged as important considerations over the past year.

Call For Additional Papers

At this time, we are accepting submissions specifically related to:

  1.      Media, telecommunications, and technologies and the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to media and telecommunications policy/governance related to the pandemic; contact tracing, privacy and surveillance; and internet inequality and the Universal Broadband Fund.
  2.      Bill C-10, the proposed changes to the Canadian Broadcasting Act to include online video and music streaming services, such as Netflix and Spotify, under the regulation of the CRTC.

Scheduled keynote speakers and presenters include Edward Greenspon (Public Policy Forum), Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office), Sharon McGowan (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver, UBC), Laura Tribe (Open Media), Philippe Tousignant (CRTC), David Ogborn (McMaster), Jonathan Paquette (University of Ottawa), Philip Savage (McMaster), Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto), Tamara Shepherd (University of Calgary), and Dwayne Winseck (Carleton).
This conference invites submissions from all researchers, including doctoral and masters students. Analysis and case studies at all levels of policy-making, including municipal, provincial, and federal, and Indigenous and international research are welcome.
Prospective participants should submit a 300-word abstract, along with a 150-word bio, including title and institutional affiliation, for a 15-20 minute presentation to this LimeSurvey link<https://surveys.mcmaster.ca/limesurvey/index.php/978613?newtest=Y&lang=en> by December 15th 2020 for peer review. Les résumés peuvent être soumis et les présentations peuvent être faites en français ou en anglais. Abstracts may be submitted, and presentations may be made, in French or English. Invitations will be announced by January 15th 2021. Contributions may be invited for a publication project after the conference. Questions may be addressed to Sara Bannerman at banners[at]mcmaster.ca. Visit the conference website at http://comcultpolicy2021.ca.
The conference will be preserved in an online video archive. Conference participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a white paper outlining policy recommendations arising from the conference discussions.

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