Life without Media conference,
Barcelona, 30 June - 1 July, 2011
IV International Conference on Communication and Reality, Barcelona,
Blanquerna School of Communication Studies, Ramon Llull UniversityDeadline for abstracts: 15 November, 2010.
We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for our 2011 conference Life without Media:
- David Buckingham, Institute of Education, London University
- Adela Cortina, Chair of Ethics, University of Valencia
- Nick Couldry, Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, University of London
- Toby Miller, Department of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside
For more detailed information on our keynote lecturers, their research, and links to their homepages please visit our event site at http://cicr.blanquerna.url.edu/
As a new highlight of the sixth edition of our conference we will be holding a round table discussion featuring high-ranking media professionals and company executives in a debate about the current situation, challenges, and prospects of the media industry.
We invite you to submit individual abstracts and complete panel proposals, and to peruse further information posted on our event site. Also take a moment to watch our promotional video (shot and produced by alumni of the Blanquerna School of Communication) introducing the venue and the conference theme.
The conference, in accordance with the characteristics of our institution, strives for rigorous scholarship, interdisciplinary methodology, with participation from the business sector, and with a structure particularly designed to stimulate, above all, scholarly debate centered on our central topic Life Without Media. The finality of the title is to appropriate the apocalyptic discourses of many media experts and take them to their deliberately challenging extreme.
In fact, by extension, and as a hypothetical outcome of this scenario, we ask you to envisage Life Without Democracy, Life Without a Market, and Life Without Enlightenment. Responses to this thought experiment may corroborate or disprove this hypothesis, which, after all, is rooted in the assumption that if the gatekeeper role of the media professional is abolished, then the fabric and the organization of western society will be transformed in its entirety.
Klaus Zilles Ph.D.
Joan Cuenca B.A.
Facultat de Ciències de la Comunicació Blanquerna
Universitat Ramon Llull
tel: (34) 93 253 3108
fax: (34) 93 253 3123