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  • Katharine Sarikakis Chair

    University of Vienna
    Department of Communication
    Waehringer strasse 29
    Vienna   1090
    Ph. +43 6646027749394  Fax 
    Katharine.Sarikakis@univie.ac.at

  • Jasmine McNealy Vice Chair

    University of Florida
    PO Box 118400
    2092 Weimer Hall
    Gainesville FL  32601
    Ph. 352-846-0226  Fax 
    jmcnealy@jou.ufl.edu

The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in research and analysis of law, regulation, and policy that deals with information, communication, and culture. Defining policy broadly, the division includes within its purview:  principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new law and regulation, and the  programs and institutions through which policy is implemented.    

Every step of the legal process is of interest:  policy implications of the results of research on information, communication, and culture; development of policy proposals; the  nature of policy-making and policy implementation processes; evaluation; effects; and critique.

The division's scope is global, presenting work that focuses on individual nation-states, localities, or regions; comparative studies; and international and global law.  The  Division welcomes work dealing with policy for the medium (the architecture and technologies of the global information infrastructure) as well as the message -- and the  interactions between the two. Since so much decision-making with structural effect now takes place outside of formal legal structures, the Division is also interested in  private sector policy-making.   No theoretical or methodological constraints.

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Paul McDonald wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: *Updated* Reminder: CfP Media Industry Studies: Current Debates and Future Directions, London, 18-20 April 2018 Great many apologies: old version of this cfp sent out in error earlier. Here is the full current version. MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES: CURRENT DEBATES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS 18-20 April 2018 King’s College London International conference hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London Jointly organized by: Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Media Industry Studies Interest Group, International Communication Association (ICA) Media Production Analysis Working Group, International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR) Screen Industries Work Group, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Media Industries and Cultural Production Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) European Media Management Association (EMMA) Screen Industries Special Interest Group, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) AG Medienindustrien, Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) Media Industries journal HOST COMMITTEE Paul McDonald (conference chair), Sarah Atkinson, Bridget Conor, Virginia Crisp, Jeanette Steemers ADVISORY COMMITTEE Hanne Bruun (ECREA), Elizabeth Evans (Media Industries), Tom Evens (EMMA), David Hesmondhalgh (ECREA), Derek Johnson (SCMS), Skadi Loist (GFM), Amanda Lotz (ICA), Alisa Perren (Media Industries), Roel Puijk (IAMCR), Kevin Sanson (Media Industries), Andrew Spicer (BAFTSS), Petr Szczepanik (NECS), Patrick Vonderau (GFM) FOCUS Studies of media industries have formed a distinctive strand of media scholarship. Foundational traditions in this field are marked by the political economy of communications, sociology of media occupations and institutions, media economics, media industry historiography, and critical and cultural studies. Subsequently, insights drawn from critical legal studies, cultural policy studies, economic geography, creative labour, cultural economy, Internet studies, production cultures and informal media economies have diversified and enriched the field. In part this interest arises from contemporary changes within the media industries themselves, with the global extension and integration of media markets, digitalization of media production and distribution, changing business models, proliferation of supply channels, patterns of corporate convergence, and the blurring of producer/consumer relations. These are only the most recent development, however, of industries built on complex and contested histories. With the boom in media industries scholarship and emergence of dedicated degree programmes or single modules, studies of industry have gained a visible place in media curricula. This conference is therefore providing an international and interdisciplinary forum for reviewing the past and present state of media industry studies, and defining the future of the field. Papers, panels and workshop are invited from all traditions in media industries scholarship. We welcome work across the full breadth of media industries – print, publishing and journalism, advertising, recorded music, film/cinema, radio, television, video, games, mobile communications and social media - and in all international or historical contexts. Thematic concerns include but are not limited to: • • critical and conceptual perspectives • methodological approaches • cultural and creative industries • political economy • production cultures and studies • economic sociology • de-westernizing media industry studies • distribution studies • gatekeepers and intermediaries • cultural and economic globalization • impacts of digitalization • independent and alternative media institutions • media industries historiography • cooperative and competitive inter-industry interactions • law and the shaping of media industries • marketing and branding media content • media management • media markets and flows • retail and sales of media • networks, infrastructures and ecologies • ownership and concentration • policy and regulation • politics of media labour • teaching media industries • media technologies as these relate to media industries SUBMISSIONS Deadline: 23.00hrs GMT 15 September 2017 Submissions are welcomed in three categories: open call papers, pre-constituted panels, or pre-constituted workshops. Detailed requirements below. Delegates can contribute to the conference in up to different two capacities, i.e. presenting both a paper and contributing to a workshop but not presenting two papers. Chairing a panel or workshop will NOT count as one of these roles. To submit your paper, panel or workshop, please access the submission portal. 1) Open call papers Format: solo or jointly presented research papers lasting no more than 20mins. Submissions in this category must provide the following details: Type: State this is an open call research paper Title: Paper title Name(s): Speaker(s) Contact: E-mail address(es) for the speaker(s) Abstract: Description of the paper not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the paper Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords: Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the paper 2) Pre-constituted panels Format: 90mins panel of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked research papers followed by questions. Submissions in this category must provide the following details AS A SINGLE SUBMISSION. Type: State this is a pre-constituted panel Title: Panel title Name(s): Chair(s) Contact: E-mail address(es) for the chair(s) Abstract: Description of the panel not exceeding 300 words Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the chair(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords: Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the panel In addition, the submission must provide the following for EACH paper on the panel. Title: Paper title Name(s): Speaker(s) Contact: E-mail address(es) for the speaker(s) Abstract: Description of the paper not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the paper Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words 3) Pre-constituted workshops Format: 90mins interactive forum led by 4 or 5 x 8mins thematically linked informal presentations designed to energize collective discussion and participation amongst the speakers and the audience of matters relating to the practices of researching or teaching media industries. Submissions in this category must provide the following details AS A SINGLE SUBMISSION. Type: State this is a pre-constituted workshop Title: Workshop title Name(s): Chair(s) Contact: E-mail address(es) for the chair(s) Abstract: Description of the workshop not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the workshop Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the chair(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords: Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the workshop In addition, the submission must provide the following for EACH presenter in the workshop. Name(s): Presenter(s) Contact: E-mail address(es) for the presenter(s) Abstract: Description of the presentation not exceeding 150 words Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words
Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Paul McDonald wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: REMINDER - CfP MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES: CURRENT DEBATES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS 18-20 April 2018   King’s College London International conference hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London Jointly organized by: Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Media Industry Studies Interest Group, International Communication Association (ICA) Screen Industries Work Group, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Media Industries and Cultural Production Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Screen Industries Special Interest Group, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) AG Medienindustrien, Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GFM) Media Industries journal HOST COMMITTEE Paul McDonald (conference chair), Sarah Atkinson, Bridget Conor, Virginia Crisp, Jeanette Steemers ADVISORY COMMITTEE Elizabeth Evans (Media Industries), David Hesmondhalgh (ECREA), Derek Johnson (SCMS), Amanda Lotz (ICA), Alisa Perren (Media Industries), Kevin Sanson (Media Industries), Andrew Spicer (BAFTSS), Petr Szczepanik (NECS), Patrick Vonderau (GFM) FOCUS Studies of media industries have formed a distinctive strand of media scholarship. Foundational traditions in this field are marked by the political economy of communications, sociology of media occupations and institutions, media economics, media industry historiography, and critical and cultural studies. Subsequently, insights drawn from critical legal studies, cultural policy studies, economic geography, creative labour, cultural economy, Internet studies, production cultures and informal media economies have diversified and enriched the field.  In part this interest arises from contemporary changes within the media industries themselves, with the global extension and integration of media markets, digitalization of media production and distribution, changing business models, proliferation of supply channels, patterns of corporate convergence, and the blurring of producer/consumer relations. These are only the most recent development, however, of industries built on complex and contested histories. With the boom in media industries scholarship and emergence of dedicated degree programmes or single modules, studies of industry have gained a visible place in media curricula. This conference is therefore providing an international and interdisciplinary forum for reviewing the past and present state of media industry studies, and defining the future of the field. Papers, panels and workshop are invited from all traditions in media industries scholarship. We welcome work across the full breadth of media industries – print, publishing and journalism, advertising, recorded music, film/cinema, radio, television, video, games, mobile communications and social media - and in all international or historical contexts.  Thematic concerns include but are not limited to: • critical and conceptual perspectives  • methodological approaches • cultural and creative industries • political economy • production cultures and studies • economic sociology • de-westernizing media industry studies  • distribution studies • gatekeepers and intermediaries • cultural and economic globalization • impacts of digitalization • independent and alternative media institutions • media industries historiography • cooperative and competitive inter-industry interactions • law and the shaping of media industries • marketing and branding media content • media management • media markets and flows • retail and sales of media • networks, infrastructures and ecologies • ownership and concentration • policy and regulation  • politics of media labour • teaching media industries • media technologies as these relate to media industries SUBMISSIONS Deadline: 23.00hrs GMT 15 September 2017 Submissions are welcomed in three categories: open call papers, pre-constituted panels, or pre-constituted workshops. Detailed requirements below.  Delegates can contribute to the conference in up to different two capacities, i.e. presenting both a paper and contributing to a workshop but not presenting two papers. Chairing a panel or workshop will NOT count as one of these roles.   To submit your paper, panel or workshop, please access the submission portal - https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.mediaindustrystudies.wordpress.com&data=01%7C01%7CPaul.McDonald%40KCL.AC.UK%7C3623bffd905f444139cd08d4a4963cd9%7C8370cf1416f34c16b83c724071654356%7C0&sdata=iyuYGrU8mi9qAWVotdgoNbU5IklTW%2BTQzAyYEhcAhlk%3D&reserved=0 1) Open call papers Format: solo or jointly presented research papers lasting no more than 20mins. Submissions in this category must provide the following details: Type: State this is an open call research paper Title: Paper title Name(s):  Speaker(s) Contact:  E-mail address(es) for the speaker(s) Abstract: Description of the paper not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the paper Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords:  Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the paper 2) Pre-constituted panels Format: 90mins panel of 3 x 20mins OR 4 x 15mins thematically linked research papers followed by questions. Submissions in this category must provide the following details AS A SINGLE SUBMISSION. Type: State this is a pre-constituted panel Title: Panel title Name(s):  Chair(s) Contact:  E-mail address(es) for the chair(s) Abstract: Description of the panel not exceeding 300 words Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the chair(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords:  Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the panel In addition, the submission must provide the following for EACH paper on the panel. Title: Paper title Name(s):  Speaker(s) Contact:  E-mail address(es) for the speaker(s) Abstract: Description of the paper not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the paper Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words 3) Pre-constituted workshops Format: 90mins interactive forum led by 4 or 5 x 8mins thematically linked informal presentations designed to energize collective discussion and participation amongst the speakers and the audience of matters relating to the practices of researching or teaching media industries. Submissions in this category must provide the following details AS A SINGLE SUBMISSION. Type: State this is a pre-constituted workshop Title: Workshop title Name(s):  Chair(s) Contact:  E-mail address(es) for the chair(s) Abstract: Description of the workshop not exceeding 300 words Sources: List up to 5 sources relevant to the workshop Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the chair(s) not exceeding 100 words Keywords:  Up to 5 terms identifying the focus of the workshop In addition, the submission must provide the following for EACH presenter in the workshop. Name(s):  Presenter(s) Contact:  E-mail address(es) for the presenter(s) Abstract: Description of the presentation not exceeding 150 words Biography: Brief professional biography/ies for the speaker(s) not exceeding 100 words
Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Katharine Sarikakis wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: Dear Colleagues and Friends, I have waited for some time before addressing you as the Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division about our role as intellectual workers and experts in what now seems to be a permanent case of emergency: I am referring, as you might have guessed, to the new status quo in the United States that is culminating steadily and in no unsure manner in a rollback of civil liberties, assault against human rights, including disregard for domestic national laws and codes and increasingly and clearly an assault against freedom of expression and a free press. I have been receiving messages from various colleagues around the world expressing concern, as I am sure you have been also having discussions or even participating in or leading actions to at least understand the current state of affairs. Some are clear about their positions and their role as academics, some are following the events trying to make sense of things, others hoped to “ride” the wave as it passes. I have also waited after the travel decree, expecting to see the rule of law giving some clarity, translated into policy by the government. But we know only too well that policy has not necessarily much to do with law, that laws are not necessarily impeccable in fairness, that ultimately civil society can never fully rest, assuming democracy is safe. Dear Colleagues, We all know we have work to do. How we will respond is both a personal and a professional choice, it is also a choice which rests on our epistemological convictions and practices. The travel ban is put in practice despite its defeat at US Courts. Border harassment and deny of entry are now on the daily diet. The media and journalists are being ridiculed and even banned from reporting. Fundamental rights are not simply in danger any more, but actively undermined. This is also not an American uniqueness, but it counts powerfully when it does come from America. Over 43000 US academics signed a petition against the immigration executive order; at the same time over 6500 academics from around the world have signed an open letter supporting an academic boycott of the USA by not flying to the USA for conferences in solidarity with all those actively excluded from travel. These numbers increase every day. It is obvious, the academic community globally is concerned, I am writing this letter to ask you what you would like to see from our division as form of response and action in these difficult times. As particularly a division with “law” in its title, I believe we have a moral obligation to raise these issues publicly and add our voice, even if small, to say “it is not ok”. I would like to open this to our community and ask for your views and for volunteers to help plan a strategy for our division. Certainly, simply allowing skype presentations is not the solution. I am also writing to ask you to share with us, if you are planning to not travel to San Diego as a matter of conscience and if so, whether you would like to share your thoughts and any initiatives you are currently involved in. I will pass these on to all members through this list. Finally, allow me to offer our lab’s blogspace for postings about the recent and current assault on media freedoms and human rights and extend a warm invitation to any of you who would like to write a piece discussing an aspect you feel is of great significance. Colleagues have already posted their reactions and you can find their posts here: https://univiennamedialab.wordpress.com Looking forward to hearing from you, Thank you Katharine Chair Communication Law and Policy Division International communication Association Links of interest https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/26/muhammad-ali-jr-trump-travel-ban-muslims-border-agents Academics Against Immigration Executive Orde https://notoimmigrationban.com https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNN_2HHREt1h-dm_CgWpFHw8NDPGLCkOwB4lLRFtKFJqI25w/viewform https://univiennamedialab.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/kakistocracy-and-the-public-sphere/
Posted Sunday, February 26, 2017
Katharine Sarikakis wrote on the Divisions: Communication Law and Policy wall: Dear Colleagues, as we are finalising the CLaP sessions, we have some spots for Chairs. If you are interested in serving as panel chair, please get in touch. With best wishes Katharine
Posted Thursday, February 2, 2017
Jana Wilbricht joined the group Divisions: Communication Law and Policy.
Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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