[csaa-forum] Media Classification Systems in Conversation: A Symposium, February 9th

Catherine Driscoll catherine.driscoll at sydney.edu.au
Fri Jan 19 08:25:44 ACST 2018

Media Classification Systems in Conversation: A Symposium

The central media classification question is: by whom or at what age should a cultural form or object be consumed? This symposium brings together leading international figures from the academy, government, and industry to examine media classification systems. It will mark the culmination of an ARC Discovery Project focused on producing an international history of media classification systems that has worked with partner investigators in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S.A. It is an opportunity for scholars, students, and state and industry representatives to convene and discuss the past, present, and future of media classification.

This event will feature presentations from a range of invited academic speakers, including Kirsten Cather (University of Texas), Yongchun Fu (Ningbo University of Technology), Andrea Limberto (University of São Paulo), Monika Mehta (Binghamton University), Terry Flew (Queensland University of Technology), and Mark McLelland (University of Wollongong). We are also excited to be hosting George Sotiropoulos (Australian Classification Branch), David Austin (British Board of Film Classification), and Rafael Vilela (Content Rating Coordination, Brazil). This unique combination of speakers provides an opportunity for interesting perspectives and exchange on a broad scope of topics, including:
– Historical changes in media censorship and classification systems
– The international exchange of policies and practices
– Conceptions of childhood, youth, and parental and state responsibility
– Comparative examination of ratings practices, including by both state and non-state classification agencies
– The significance of media, genre, and technology to classification practices
– Influential individuals and organisations in classification histories
– Classification governance in the age of digital distribution

Places are limited in order to keep this a free event. Register below to indicate your interest in attending this symposium on Friday the 9th of February, 9:30am-6:00pm. Subject to availability, we will confirm your place by Wednesday the 31st of January.

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