South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference

Rising Voices” in South Asian Media & Cultural Studies

 

February 6-7, 2020

Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

 

Call for Papers and Proposals

 

We invite the submission proposals for papers, presentations and posters for the 6th South Asian Media and Cultural Studies conference to be held on February 6-7, 2020 at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement (CGE) at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. This year’s conference has an open theme of “Rising Voices” in South Asian media and cultural studies. The South Asian region has been witnessing dynamic times in terms of socio-political changes, developments, and challenges. On the one hand, there are buoyant economies, healthy investments, growing trade ties, and increasing digital penetration into different sociocultural aspects of the region. Whereas on the other hand, the region continues to face vital challenges in the form of contesting sources of state legitimacy, inclusivity in governance and politics, neopatrimonialism, and marginalization issues related to immigration and human rights. Therefore, the open theme will allow for more flexibility and breadth in the choice of panel and paper topics related to media and cultural studies in South Asia or its diaspora worldwide. The conference will also focus on the everyday lived experiences of audiences and publics—in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora—in their interaction with different kinds of media: old and new, state and private, elite and popular, global and national. The South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference (SAMCS) is an alliance of scholars, academicians, and practitioners dedicated to fostering greater understanding of the region’s global importance. We encourage scholars working in relevant areas to attend and reflect upon the field. We seek submissions by researchers and scholars who focus on and represent the “Rising Voices” of the South Asian region. Preference may be placed on advanced graduate students (currently writing dissertation), faculty members, and/or practitioners that focus their work on the South Asian media and cultural studies.

The conference will begin with an opening session at 5:30 PM on February 6, 2020 at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, Florida State University.

The main conference sessions will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on February 7, 2020 also at the CGE and include lunch and coffee breaks. There is no registration cost, but we invite both presenters and attendees to register online at the form on the link below.

Please feel free to share this call for proposals with others.  Contact samcs@cci.fsu.edu if you have any questions.

Proposals should include your name, university email, affiliation, degree program, project title, and short outline or abstract of your proposed presentation. The submissions are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until November 30, 2019. To register, go to:

 

 

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Cultural Disruptions: Media and Social Change in South Asia

 

January 31 – February 1, 2019

Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

 

Program:

SAMCS program 2019 Jan 29

The 5th South Asian Media and Cultural Studies conference was held on January 31- February 1, 2019 at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement (CGE) at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. This year’s theme, “Cultural Disruptions: Media and Social Change in South Asia,” focused on the reconfiguration of cultural, social, economic and political relationships in South Asia, in parallel with the epochal shift in the media and communication practices in the region.

 

 

The conference began with a keynote address on “Peace Communication in South Asia” by Anup Kumar of Cleveland State University at 4:30 PM on January 31, 2019, at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, Florida State University. The main conference ran from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on February 1, 2019 also at the CGE and include lunch and coffee breaks. We included a number of distance presentations from authors in South Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

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South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference 2018

February 1-2, 2018

Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

 

PROGRAM

SAMCS program 2018 jan 30

Please find above the program of papers and presentations for the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference 2018, held on February 1-2, 2018 at the Center for Global Engagement at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from many universities and colleges submitted abstracts of research papers, work in progress, and service projects dealing with South Asia for presentation at the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference 2018. This region is important, both for its history and culture, and because of contemporary cultural, political, and economic developments. We had submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including work on media studies, culture, religion, education, politics, economics, and social issues. Presentations were in panel formats.

The conference began with a keynote speech by Ambassador Hussain Haqqani at 5:00 pm on Thursday evening, February 1, 2018, at the Center for Global Engagement, Florida State University.   Ambassador Haqqani served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011, and is now a Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute.

 

The main conference panels ran from 9:00 am 5:00 pm on Friday, February 2, 2018 also at the CGE, and included lunch and coffee/tea breaks.  The CGE International Coffee Hour followed from 5:00-6:00.

We also had a panel and film beginning at 6:00 pm, “Reflecting on Masaan: How modern technology, especially media, impacts lives in modern day small-town India.”

Contact Steve McDowell at steve.mcdowell@cci.fsu.edu if you have any questions, or call at 850-645-2306.

 

 

 

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South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference

March 2-4, 2017

Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement

Florida State University

Here is the program for March 2 and 3, 2017: Program SAMCS 2017

Welcome to the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference, March 2-3, 2017, at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement and the School of Communication at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

This region attracts much attention, both for its history and culture, but also for the significance of contemporary cultural, political, and economic developments.  Graduate and undergraduate students from a range of universities and colleges presented research papers, work in progress, and service projects dealing with South Asia at the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference 2016.

The conference began with an “Engage Your World” public event on Thursday evening, March 2, 2017, “Understanding Bollywood and South Asian Film: Key Contributions.”  This will be held at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, Florida State University.

The main conference ran from 9:00 am 5:00 pm on Friday, March 3, also at the CGE.

Please feel free to share this information with others. Contact Steve McDowell at steve.mcdowell@cci.fsu.edu if you have any questions, or call at 850-645-2306.

 

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SAMCS 2016

South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference

January 21-23, 2016

Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement

Florida State University

 Draft Program

Welcome to the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference, January 21-23, 2016, at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement and the School of Communication at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

This region attracts much attention, both for its history and culture, but also for the significance of contemporary cultural, political, and economic developments. Graduate and undergraduate students from a range of universities and colleges are presenting research papers, work in progress, and service projects dealing with South Asia at the South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference 2016.     Presentations include work on media studies, culture, religion, politics, social issues, and anthropology, to name a few.

The conference began with an “Engage Your World” public event on Thursday evening, January 21, 2016, at the Center for Global and Multicultural Engagement, Florida State University, featuring Dr. Pankaj Chakraborty.

The main conference ran from 9:00 am 5:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2016, also at the CGE.

We also held an invited faculty research workshop on Saturday, January 23.

The conference has sponsorship and faculty support from the following: The Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund, FSU Center for Global Engagement, John H. Phipps Fund of the FSU Foundation, FSU South Asian Media and Cultural Studies research program,  The FSU Department of Religion, The FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, The FSU College of Education, FSU College of Communication and Information, FSU Institute for Intercultural Communication and Research.

The faculty organizing committee includes Kathleen Erndl, Dept. of Religion, FSU; Ayesha Kurshid, College of Education, FSU; John Mayo, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, FSU; Aleks Nesic, Center for Global Engagement, FSU, Azmat Rasul, College of Communication and Information, FSU, and; Stephen McDowell, College of Communication and Information, FSU.

Please feel free to contact Steve McDowell at steve.mcdowell@cci.fsu.edu if you have any questions, or call at 850-645-2306.

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Here’s information about the student conference we held in January 2015.

SAMCS CP

South Asian Media and Cultural Studies Conference

January 22-23, 2015

Florida State University, Global and Multicultural Engagement Building

SAMCSC Press Release         Event Bio      Student papers Jan 23 2015

The South Asian Media & Cultural Studies Conference 2015 took place at Florida State University’s Global and Multicultural Engagement (GME) Building on January 22-23, 2015.

Graduate and undergraduate students from multiple universities and colleges at FSU presented on research and service projects,  including areas such as: media studies, culture, religion, education, politics, economics, social issues & anthropology.

The conference began with an “Engage Your World” event at 5:30 on Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, featuring noted Indian filmmaker Somnath Sen as our opening keynote speaker.  His talk was entitled, “It’s All Greek and Sanskrit: Reflections on Western and Indian Narratives in Filmmaking.”

The main conference ran from 8:30 am  to 5:00 pm on Friday, January 23, 2015, also at the GME, with opening presentation by Dr. Evan Hoffman from Nova Southeastern University addressing peace building in Myanmar.   Our luncheon keynote was FAMU Diplomat in Residence Michael Thurston, who spoke on “The U.S. Pivot to Asia.”

Stories about the 2015 conference can be found at:

http://news.fsu.edu/news/education-society/2015/02/04/interdisciplinary-discussion-the-focus-of-south-asian-media-and-cultural-studies-conference/

First Annual SAMCS Conference a Success

http://nsunews.nova.edu/?p=67401

https://www.facebook.com/events/868465899841194/

The 2015 conference is an interdisciplinary project organized by several groups at Florida State University, including the Center for Global Engagement, the South Asian Media Studies research area in the School of Communication, the Department of Religion, the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, and the College of Education.

The faculty organizing committee included Kathleen Erndl, Dept. of Religion, FSU; Ayesha Khurshid, College of Education, FSU; John Mayo, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, FSU; Aleks Nesic, Center for Global Engagement, FSU, and; Stephen McDowell, College of Communication and Information, FSU.

Please see above for for information about the January 2016 conference.  Please feel free to contact Steve McDowell at steve.mcdowell@cci.fsu.edu if you have any questions, or call at 850-644-2276.