[csaa-forum] Comparative Journalism Studies Conference

Libby Lester Libby.Lester at utas.edu.au
Mon Aug 27 11:53:14 CST 2007

Journalism, Media and Communications Program
School of English, Journalism and European Languages
The University of Tasmania

Supported by the Journalism Studies Division of the International 
Communication Association (ICA) and the IAMCR Journalism Research and 
Education Section


International Conference

Comparative Journalism Studies: Approaches, Methods and Paradigms
June 25-27, 2008
University of Tasmania
Hobart, Tasmania


Barbie Zelizer
The Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for 
Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Michael Bromley
Professor of Journalism and Acting Head, School of Journalism and 
Communication, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

What is journalism studies? The question -- asked less than a decade 
ago in the hope it would " heal journalism's wounds and facilitate 
its revitalization" (Journalism 2000) -- still resonates in the field 
of journalism studies. The wounds might not be healed, but the rapid 
growth of the community of journalism scholars, the number of 
international conferences, and the emergence of specialized journals 
certify that we are witnessing more than a simple revitalization of 
fragmented lines of inquiry. Multidisciplinary by nature, and 
globally oriented, the new academic discipline attracts researchers 
who increasingly define their interests as an investigation of 
journalism across different cultures, nation-states and communication 

We need to now ask, what is comparative journalism studies? What is 
the object of study? What do we compare when we compare media 
coverage of an issue across national boundaries? What is journalism 
in a global context? Is it an institution, a social act, a political 
phenomenon or an imaginative construction (Carey 2000)? What about 
the identity, mission and direction of comparative journalism 
studies? What approaches, methods and paradigms can be used to name 
and explain journalism phenomena in comparative contexts?

Aiming to develop a critical dialogue on the object, nature and mode 
of inquiry in comparative journalism studies, and to gain insight 
into this emerging field, the University of Tasmania, supported by 
the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication 
Association, invites scholars to the International Conference 
"Comparative Journalism Studies: Approaches, Methods and Paradigms", 
25-27 June 2008, to be held at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, 
Tasmania, Australia.

This conference aims to provide an overview of the different 
frameworks helpful in explaining journalism across media forms, 
national and cultural contexts, and historical periods. We welcome 
papers that use case studies to address theoretical and 
methodological issues in the study of journalism in comparative 
contexts, and focus on questions such as (but not limited to):

o	The diversification of journalism
o	The emergence of global journalism
o	Journalism cultures
o	Journalism and democracy
o	Journalism and public discourse
o	Journalism and PR
o	Journalism and symbolic power
o	Journalism and new technologies
o	Journalism  and pleasure

Papers are expected to be conceptually relevant to the comparison of 
cultural roots, historical and political contexts, material and 
economic conditions, institutional settings, and/or practices of 

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words, and accompanied by a bio 
of up to 100 words.

Abstract submission deadline: 15 February, 2008

Notification of acceptance by: 15 March, 2008

Refereed papers: for those wishing to participate in a peer-review 
process, full papers must be submitted by 1 April, 2008

For further information
Dr Verica Rupar and Dr Libby Lester
School of English, Journalism and European Languages
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 82
Hobart, Tasmania
Phone:  61 3 6226 2347
Fax:  61 3 6226 7631

Email:  journalismstudies at utas.edu.au


Dr Libby Lester
Deputy Head, School of English, Journalism and European Languages
Coordinator, Journalism, Media and Communications

University of Tasmania
Private Bag 82
Hobart TAS 7001

Ph:  61-3-6226 7542
Fax: 61-3-6226 7631
Email: Libby.Lester at utas.edu.au
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