CALL FOR PAPERS – UDC 2012 International Conference

The intersections of proliferating new media technology, economic inequality, and global environmental instability are producing new spaces for social and political agency, real and imagined.  From astroturf campaigns of corporate sponsored populist outrage to the very real popular anger at the economic stagnation of the middle class, politicians and pundits are leveraging fear, doubt, and denial to advance old world agendas at the very moment when new media technologies are opening new pathways for social organization, information and fact checking.  Further, in the face of economic restructuring and the continued dismantling of everything “public,” mainstream media outlets both celebrate the virtues of social media to liberate us from disinformation and domination and disseminate corporate ideology, misinformation, and distorted dichotomies in the name of objectivity.

The 2012 Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications seeks submissions that address the pressing issues manifested by climates of change.  For example, how are social media tools being used to liberate and/or enclose democratic participation?  What forces are structuring contemporary debates about global climate change and the cultural and economic impacts of policy decisions shaped by these debates?  What media and communication tools and strategies are social movements using to counter and confront obstruction, disinformation and denial?  How are mainstream media news frames challenged and reconfigured by new media news sources – blogs, Twitter, podcasts and citizen media?

Submit your 500 word abstract to by January 15, 2012, and join us in Tallahassee for the conference May 10-12, 2012.


About udc2012

The Union for Democratic Communications is an organization of communication researchers, journalists, media producers, policy analysts, academics and activists dedicated to the critical study of the communications establishment, the production and distribution of democratically controlled and produced media and the development of democratic communications systems. UDC encourages critical perspectives in communication theory, media production, and the study of popular culture.

Posted on September 3, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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