Understanding Transition I - 2013

Understanding Transition
 - Austerity, Communication and the Media -
Call for Papers

Bucharest, 24th - 25th May 2013

The Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest,
together with
The Association of Trainers in Journalism and Communication, Romania and
Institut de la Communication, Université Lumière Lyon2, France

    Nowadays, austerity seems to be one of the main  concepts defining the public discourse, impacting directly on the organisational activity, the professionals’ practices, as well as our daily private life. Society as a whole depends on austerity measures. The paradigm of austerity – in its real, but also imaginary dimension - becomes a form of reconfiguration of our behaviours and representations.

    Austerity forced communication and media all over the world to reinvent themselves. Media companies, public relations and advertising agencies work with different budgets and face different constrains now, as compared with the periods of prosperity before 2008. Their publics are more cautious in spending money. Politicians undergo electoral campaigns during recession and face a higher level of incertitude, regarding their political future. Schools of journalism and public communication face a drop in admission numbers and cuts of public funds, and are called now to redesign their educational offer.

    After five years of economic crisis that led to austerity, are we talking about the survival of the fittest in the case of communication and the media? Is austerity encouraging creativity and a prospect of solidarity, or is it the other way round? In fact, are journalists, public relation specialists, advertisers, educators and other communication experts facing a time of transition? Are they supposed to redefine their standards, to have a fresh look at the left and right political discourse, in order to consider their future? Should they also redefine their approaches to vulnerable and excluded groups?

    The conference “Understanding transition. Austerity, communication, and the media” is going to be an international forum of discussion for all these aspects of the issue. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, as well as multinational and cross-cultural perspectives. Presentations based on empirical research and on sound theoretical approaches are invited on topics such as:

  • Quality journalism and media scandals during times of austerity
  • Commercial communication and austerity
  • Political campaigning in economic crisis
  • Defending vulnerable groups (e.g. minorities, women, children) with scarce resources
  • Communication ethics and austerity
  • Arts discourse and communication
  • Media economics and austerity
  • Entertaining during austerity
  • Cultural policies and scarce resources
  • Cuts in communication funds and the impact on public sphere
  • Transition to online media and scarce resources

    Conference's languages are English and French.
    Please send an extended abstract, of 700 to 1000 words, to the following address: raluca.radu @ fjsc.ro by the 28th of February.
    Please find attached the CFP for more information.

    Looking forward for your papers!
    The Conference's Committees

    Extended deadlines

    As numerous colleagues have asked us to postpone the dead-line for abstracts, the scientific and the organising committees have decided to reformulate the dates of the conference as following:

    March 15 – dead-line for extended abstracts, to be sent to raluca.radu@fjsc.ro
    March 31 – notification of acceptance
    May 15 – dead-line for full papers.

    Conference's languages are English and French.
    As usually, the papers presented during the conference may be selected for a special issue of the Romanian Journal of Journalism and Communication (indexed full-text in ProQuest and EBSCO databases).

    Des nombreux collègues nous ont demandé de reporter la date limite pour les propositions pour notre conférence internationale. Alors, les comité scientifique et le comité d’organisation ont décidé de reprogrammer les dates de la conférence de la manière suivante:

    15 mars - date limite pour résumés étendus, à envoyer à raluca.radu @ fjsc.ro
    31 mars - notification de l'acceptation
    15 mai - date limite pour les papiers complets.

    Les langues de travail de la conférence sont l'anglais et le français.
    Les communications présentées peuvent être sélectionnées pour un numéro spécial de la Revue Roumaine de Journalisme et de Communication (indexé en texte intégral dans les bases de données EBSCO et ProQuest).
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