Call for Papers

Part One – CFP – The Global Promotion and Mediation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force. The UN describes its Sustainable Development Goals as ‘a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future’. Consisting of 17 inter-connected fields of activity, the UNSDGs are framed as a moral intervention, and couched in the language of development. It is this perspective – an apparently progressive commitment to justice combined with adherence to the expansion of the economy – that has encountered both support and some criticism from academic commentators. While Kopnina believed that the UNSDGs will lead to ‘a greater spread of unsustainable production and consumption’ (2015), the sheer scale of the UN’s ambitions prompted Biermann et al (2017) to note that ‘[the Goals] collective success will depend on a number of institutional factors such as the extent to which states … translate the global ambitions into national contexts’.

The SDGs address a number of ‘stakeholders’- ranging from multinationals to Governments; NGO’s and of course are regarded as objectives that should apply to all citizens of the world. Over the next fifteen years, the UN intends to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’.

Three years into this programme, the conference examines the progress made in the fight to end poverty, to promote health, to develop sustainable smart cities, to prevent further climate change, to facilitate economic growth, to protect the oceans, and to end world hunger.

Conference themes include:

how the objectives above are communicated or promoted within ‘developed’ and especially ‘developing’ nations

the extent to which these goals being encouraged, measured, enacted or resisted

the local, autonomous, grassroots initiatives that may embrace or go beyond the framework set by the UN

the social, political, cultural and economic barriers to the successful attainment of the UNSDGs

the application of discourse/multi-modal approaches to the textual material produced within a material/symbolic environment

the representation of those groups identified as vulnerable and in need of support

the ways in which the rights of women, notions of gendered identity, descriptions of class location, and ideas about race/ethnicity are articulated (or not) within the UNSDGs

the use by state and corporate authority of discourses that attempt to reproduce the symbolic references employed by the UN

who, within the various DAC territories and within ‘developed’ nations, are presented as the main proponents, actors, or opponents of the UNSDGs

the relationship between the UNSDGs and the concept and practice of globalisation

the role of policing, surveillance, regimes of border-control, and other barriers and impediments to collective social action

the relationship between the Goals and the activity of social movements

how ‘existential’ and other threats are constituted through the language and images used in the SDGs

the media ecology/context of the call and the responses it creates

case studies covering the successes or failures of the initiatives

For those submitting papers please note …

250 Word Abstract and Bio are required by Friday 15th March 2019 – send to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk
Feedback and acceptance will be offered by the following Monday, 18th March 2019.
Original research generated from this phase of the conference will be considered for the second edition of the International Journal for Media Discourse (Link: http://www.ijmd.org.uk).

Part Two – CFP – The Global Promotion and Mediation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals


On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force. The UN describes its Sustainable Development Goals as ‘a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future’. Consisting of 17 inter-connected fields of activity, the UNSDGs are framed as a moral intervention, and couched in the language of development. It is this perspective – an apparently progressive commitment to justice combined with adherence to the expansion of the economy – that has encountered both support and some criticism from academic commentators. While Kopnina believed that the UNSDGs will lead to ‘a greater spread of unsustainable production and consumption’ (2015), the sheer scale of the UN’s ambitions prompted Biermann et al (2017) to note that ‘[the Goals] collective success will depend on a number of institutional factors such as the extent to which states … translate the global ambitions into national contexts’.

The SDGs address a number of ‘stakeholders’- ranging from multinationals to Governments; NGO’s and of course are regarded as objectives that should apply to all citizens of the world. Over the next fifteen years, the UN intends to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’. Three years into this programme, the conference examines the progress made in the fight to end poverty, to promote health, to develop sustainable smart cities, to prevent further climate change, to facilitate economic growth, to protect the oceans, and to end world hunger.

Conference themes include:

how the objectives above are communicated or promoted within ‘developed’ and especially ‘developing’ nations

the extent to which these goals being encouraged, measured, enacted or resisted

the local, autonomous, grassroots initiatives that may embrace or go beyond the framework set by the UN

the social, political, cultural and economic barriers to the successful attainment of the UNSDGs

the application of discourse/multi-modal approaches to the textual material produced within a material/symbolic environment

the representation of those groups identified as vulnerable and in need of support

the ways in which the rights of women, notions of gendered identity, descriptions of class location, and ideas about race/ethnicity are articulated (or not) within the UNSDGs

the use by state and corporate authority of discourses that attempt to reproduce the symbolic references employed by the UN

who, within the various DAC territories and within ‘developed’ nations, are presented as the main proponents, actors, or opponents of the UNSDGs

the relationship between the UNSDGs and the concept and practice of globalisation

the role of policing, surveillance, regimes of border-control, and other barriers and impediments to collective social action

the relationship between the Goals and the activity of social movements

how ‘existential’ and other threats are constituted through the language and images used in the SDGs

the media ecology/context of the call and the responses it creates

case studies covering the successes or failures of the initiatives

250 Word Abstract and Bio are required by 1st May 2019 – send to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk: authors will be notified by the 15th May, and successful contributors will be asked to submit full papers by 30th August. Original research generated from this phase of the conference will be considered for the second edition of the International Journal for Media Discourse (Link: http://www.ijmd.org.uk).

 

Surveillance, Social Media, & Identity — 24th – 25th October 2018

SUBMIT: 250-word abstract to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk by 30th August 2018 with name/title/affiliation

FULL PAPERS: 6,000-8,000 words to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk by 8th October 2018

+++ MEDIA DISCOURSE CENTRE +++

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/research/research-faculties-and-institutes/technology/media-discourse/media-discourse-centre.aspx

De Montfort University, Clephan Building, Bonners Lane, Leicester

Journal Launch: IJMD, 2019, International Journal of Media Discourse

(Editors: Sanz Sabido, CCCU; Harbisher, DMU; Price, DMU)

Queries re. Journal, write to: journal@ijmd.org.uk

Attitudes to the growth and use of Social Media have evolved, from broadly positive conceptions of their role as instruments/sites of democratic exchange, to less favourable assessments that identify their part in the reproduction of an inequitable and fractious social order. In recent years, greater emphasis has been placed on the Faustian bargain that the ‘consumer-citizen’ (Needham, 2003; Clarke and Newman, 2007) has been forced to strike with the ‘platform capitalists’ (Srnicek, 2016) who control access to this domain of sociability, and more attention has been devoted to the role of the state in monitoring online behaviour (Trottier, 2015). This observation should not suggest that ‘new’ media forms are solely responsible for the destruction of privacy, the repression of dissent, or the enlargement of individual egos, because technological developments throughout history can be subjected to the same kind of critical analysis.

One of the key questions is, therefore, the particular role of social media in both facilitating and regulating expressions of human agency, as people attempt to build networks of like-minded individuals, establish forms of intimacy, and intervene in political controversies. The promotion of the ‘self’ as a cultured, capable, autonomous and yet connected being, requires the careful maintenance of online profiles and the constant revision of ‘status’. In addition, those driven by the goal of professional attainment try to draw attention to their ‘marketable’ skills and abilities. Yet, if the price of entry to this new sphere of influence is self-exposure, then these selves are composed of elements that are, in part, specifically chosen in anticipation of the scrutiny that they will receive (not only from the ‘weak ties’ established between fair-weather Facebook friends, but from intelligence agencies and corporate power).

This conference examines the ways in which mediated identity is constructed and monitored, which can encompass the circulation of communal identity, the reproduction of gendered personas, and the role of state and corporate formations in the segmentation of individuals through their political allegiance and ‘lifestyle’ choices. It also engages with recent revelations that describe the attempted manipulation of opinion and electoral preferences, and the rise of forms of surveillance designed to pre-empt the supposed ‘radicalisation’ of disaffected groups (see below for suggested content and confirmed speakers).

Papers may include, but need not be confined, to the following:

Workplace surveillance and forms of resistance

Corporate surveillance of the consumer-citizen

Self-promotion in the digital ‘marketplace’

Histories of surveillance

Counter-surveillance and political consciousness

Protest events and policing

‘Securitisation’ and public insecurity

The contested identity of the ‘refugee’

Feminist identities and politics

Collective identities and ‘cultural’ resistance

Online rumour and state intervention

Confirmed speakers from the Media Discourse Centre (panel keynotes in italics)

Electronic Music Collectives (Zoe Armour)

‘Breaking’ Cambridge Analytica (Alice Gibbs)

Surveillance and political identity (Ben Harbisher)

Greece & Cyprus: Political Agency, Identity and Gender (Nayia Kamenou)

Online Feminist Identities (Claire Sedgwick)

Iraq: Gender and Online Identity (Ahmed Bahiya)

UK: Child sexual abuse, surveillance, control (Jason Lee)

Brazil: Collective identity and resistance (Fernanda Amaral)

China: Misinformation and mistrust: rumours on Chinese social media (Yu Sui)

Italy: Autonomy, Surveillance and Power (Marco Checci)

Sociopolitical digital heritage in Israel-Palestine (Gil Pasternak)

Spain: Leftism, Nationalism and Identity (Stuart Price)

Identity, Class and Intergenerational Change (Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu)

UK R10 Studio: Surveillance, Re-approprIAtedPost War Technologies and Evotronics

(Paul Mazzitelli)