The Union for Democratic Communications-Project Censored 2019


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Join us October 31-November 3, 2019 at 8am at California State University, East Bay

The Union for Democratic Communications-Project Censored 2019 conference invites contributions that reflect on the relationships between media, communication, and empire from a variety of perspectives. Contributions may examine these concepts through historical materialist, feminist, critical race, queer, and other critical approaches, and might be situated in interdisciplinary areas such as Latinx Studies, Black Studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and environmental studies. In particular, we invite contributions that highlight the means and methods for active resistance, democratic communication, and the promotion of social justice. New and established scholars, graduate students, activists, and media creators are encouraged to submit proposals. Please refer to this page for proposal submissions.

At this conference, we will ask: In what ways do we still exist in “American empire”? What are its prospects for the future, what alternatives are emerging and in what way? What role do media and communication networks play in solidifying or disrupting these possibilities? What continuities or disjunctures exist in the relations between the state, capital, labor, technology, and ideology? In what ways are the structures and ideologies of colonialism and imperialism (re)produced and experienced within national contexts?

Topics included but not limited to:

  • Race, class, gender and/or indigeneity
  • De-colonization
  • Borderlands
  • Subaltern publics/communities, counterpublics, intersectional & post-colonial critiques
  • Subversive political knowledge & oppositional gazes
  • Debt, precarity and austerity
  • Transnational capitalist class
  • Refugees and migrants 
  • Intersectionality, hybridity, articulation
  • Nomadism, dislocation, ephemerality, ontological hybridity
  • Slavery, colonialism/post-colonialism and/or the primitive accumulation of capital
  • Progressive movements, social movements, mass mobilizations and protests
  • Alt-global visions
  • Left-state alternatives
  • State violence
  • Media reform and communication policy
  • Neo-fascism
  • Media literacy and critical media theory
  • The neoliberal assault on higher education, radical scholars and academic freedom
  • Radical scholars and academic freedom
  • Critical communication pedagogy
  • fake news and propaganda
  • CNN Effects
  • Intersections of politics, morality, and communication in the current political climate
  • Eco media studies

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