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Subject: CFP: Enclosure, Emancipatory Communication and the Global City (a
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>Hosted by the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
>October 25-28, 2007.
>The field of culture and communication manifests struggles between 
>contradictory tendencies.  On the one hand, pressures from capital 
>and state sometimes promote various forms of enclosure -- the 
>private appropriation, suppression or marginalization of 
>socially-produced public expression.  Enclosure comes in many 
>guises: the commodification of information; concentration and 
>hyper-commercialism in media industries; the corporatization of 
>universities; restrictive "intellectual property" regimes; or market 
>authoritarianism as a mode of governance.
>On the other hand, progressive forces, from artists and academics to 
>broad social movements, are not only resisting  such enclosure, but 
>developing practices and policies that prefigure emancipation -- new 
>ways of re-organizing culture and communication democratically. 
>These include struggles over alternative media, state cultural 
>policies, communication rights, reform of media and cultural 
>institutions, audience empowerment, urban public space, and much 
>At the nexus of changing national cultures and policies, of 
>transnational migrations and markets, of media flows and audiences, 
>of consumption and surveillance, the global city is emerging as a 
>key site for such contestation.
>The Union for Democratic Communications invites proposals, from 
>artists, activists and media scholars, for presentations, 
>roundtables, workshops and panels that examine and critique the 
>relationship between forces of enclosure and emancipation, 
>especially in the context of the global city (broadly defined). 
>Other topics relevant to democratic communication are also very 
>The keynote address will be delivered by Mike Davis, author of City 
>of Quartz, Ecology of Fear and, most recently, Planet of Slums. 
>Other featured speakers, including Dan Schiller, Nick Dyer-Witheford 
>and Dee Dee Halleck (UDC Smythe Award recipient) will be 
>complemented by presenters on a wide range of topics, video and 
>other media presentations, and interaction with local activist and 
>artistic groups concerned with democratizing communication.  The 
>conference coincides with Vancouver's annual Media Democracy Day, 
>featuring an Independent Media Fair at the city's architecturally 
>acclaimed public library.
>For the first time, the UDC conference will be held in downtown 
>Vancouver, Canada, hosted by Simon Fraser University's School of 
>Communication; co-sponsors include the SFU Institute for the 
>Humanities and the British Columbia Libraries Association. 
>Vancouver is about 120 miles north of Seattle, and offers direct 
>flight connections to many cities in Canada and the US.  Vancouver 
>is surely a 'global city': Canada's "gateway to the Pacific" and 
>host to the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics, perched amidst 
>spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and recreation, but also 
>home of Canada's poorest urban district and historically an 
>incubator of influential social movements.
>Proposals are invited for both individual papers and panel or 
>workshop sessions.  Individual paper proposals should include a 
>title, a brief (maximum 250 word) abstract of the presentation, and 
>contact information including name, title, institution, mailing 
>address, telephone, fax and email address.  Panel session proposals 
>should include titles, contact information, and a brief (maximum 250 
>word) abstract for each panel member; they should also include a 
>short (maximum 100 word) description of the overall panel theme and 
>contact information for the panel chair.  Proposals from artists for 
>individual presentations or panel sessions should also include 
>samples of the work to be presented.  Please identify any 
>audio-visual needs in your proposal as we may not be able to 
>accommodate later requests.
>All proposals should be submitted by email to udc2007 {AT} sfu.ca in the 
>form of a Word or PDF attachment. Hard copies may also be sent to:
>UDC 2007 Conference
>School of Communication
>Simon Fraser University
>Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
>Conference presenters are expected to pay registration fees and 
>should be current members of the Union for Democratic Communication 
>(please visit www.udc.org to join the UDC).
>Limited conference travel funding assistance for student and 
>low-income presenters will be available.  Please send a request with 
>your proposal.
>Please visit www.sfu.ca/conferences/udc2007 for more details about 
>the conference.

Lisa McLaughlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mass Communication & Women's Studies
Editor, Feminist Media Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, M.A. Program in Mass Communication

Mass Communication
Williams Hall
Miami University-Ohio
Oxford, OH 45056
Tele: +1 513-529-3547
Fax: +1 513-529-1835

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