MediAsia2018


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Conference Theme: "Fearful Futures"

October 9-11, 2018 | Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

We have reached a moment in international history that is one of potential paradigm shift. It is a moment when a problematic, but at least blandly progressivist, pro-multiculturalist movement toward “cosmopolitanism” (as Kwame Anthony Appiah might use the term) is being threatened by a far more destructive and potentially genocidal ethno-nationalism, the ferocity of which is fuelled by economic disparity, religious intolerance and retrograde ideologies regarding gender, race and sexuality. The possible global futures we face are fearful, indeed, and in an era of information and disinformation, fake news, and hysterical polemic, are sometimes made out to be inevitable.

In this context, the arts, humanities, media and cultural studies play an important role in tracing the genealogy of the present moment, documenting it, and charting different paths forward, inviting such questions as how does culture replicate itself (or critically engage itself) in the classroom, in literature, in social media, in film, in the visual and theatrical arts, in the family, and among peer groups? How do we rise to the challenge of articulating a notion of human rights that also respects cultural difference? How do cultural representations of the environment abet or challenge the forces driving climate change? What are the roles and responsibilities of the individual activist as teacher, writer, artist, social scientist and community member? What are the responsibilities of both traditional and non-traditional media? How do we make sense of the ideologies driving hatred and intolerance, and posit different models of social engagement and organisation? Looking to the past, what do we learn about the challenges of today?

This international and interdisciplinary conference will bring together a range of academics, independent researchers, artists and activists to explore the challenges that we face in the twenty-first century. In the hackneyed While we have every right to fear the future, we also have agency in creating that future. Can we commit to a cosmopolitanism that celebrates difference and that challenges social inequity? On our ability to answer to that question affirmatively likely hangs our very survival.

The organisers encourage submissions that approach the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Join us in 2018 in Tokyo to consider how we as educators do not only survive, but also positively thrive, in these uncertain and changing times.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including Osaka University (Japan) and The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University (USA), we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

The MediAsia2018 Organising Committee

Dr Ana Adi, Quadriga University, Germany
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Timothy W. Pollock, Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan
Dr James Rowlins, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Dr Paul Spicer, Hiroshima Jougakuin University, Japan
Professor Gary E. Swanson, University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)
Dr Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo, Chaminade University, USA

Key Information
  • Venue & Location: Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dates: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 ​to Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Conference Theme: "Fearful Futures"
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: May 24, 2018*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: July 24, 2018
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: August 24, 2018

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.

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Programme

Programming will be announced here shortly.

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Speakers

Speakers will be announced here shortly.

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, etc.; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Dr Ana Adi
    Dr Ana Adi
    Quadriga University, Germany
  • Professor Gary E. Swanson
    Professor Gary E. Swanson
    University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)
  • Dr Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo
    Dr Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo
    Chaminade University, USA
  • Dr Virgil Hawkins
    Dr Virgil Hawkins
    Osaka University, Japan
  • Dr James Rowlins
    Dr James Rowlins
    Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Dr Paul Spicer
    Dr Paul Spicer
    Hiroshima Jougakuin University, Japan
  • Timothy W. Pollock
    Timothy W. Pollock
    Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Additional Organising Committee members will be announced here shortly.

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Review Committee

The MediAsia2018 Review Committee will be announced here in due course.

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the MediAsia Review Committee, please send your CV to mediasia@iafor.org.

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Dr Ana Adi
Quadriga University, Germany

Biography

Dr Ana Adi is Professor of Public Relations/Corporate Communications at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany and the chair of the Digital Communication Awards.

Dr Adi defines herself as a digital humanist, her research, teaching and consultancy on the strategic uses of digital and social media in a variety of communication fields including public relations, political communication and corporate social responsibility. More recently her research and consultancy have focused storytelling, protest communication and evaluation of communication.

Dr Adi is a member of the core research team of the Asia-Pacific Communication Monitor, a bi-annual survey launched in 2015/2016, and part of the global Communication Monitor series, which provides valuable insight into the communication industry and its future, assessing the impact of digital technologies, social media, mobile communications, and the need for strategic focus to align communication outcomes to organisational goals.

She is also the editor of the upcoming Protest Public Relations: Communicating dissent and activism (Taylor & Francis, edited by Ana Adi) and the co-editor of #rezist – Romania’s 2017 anti-corruption protests: causes, development and implications and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Digital Age (2015, Emerald).

Originally from Romania, Dr Adi obtained her PhD from the University of the West of Scotland, UK having investigated from a framing perspective the discourses about China, the Olympics and human rights during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games of activist groups, Olympic organisers, international media and online public. Prior to her studies in the UK, Dr Adi has graduated from institutions in Romania and the United States, the latter as a Fulbright Scholar.

Her work is showcased on www.anaadi.net.

Professor Gary E. Swanson
University of Northern Colorado, USA (fmr.)

Biography

Gary E. Swanson is the former Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was professor and director of television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where he taught mostly graduate broadcast students. He has been an educator for 26 years; 20 years spent teaching at the university level. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed documentary producer, director, editor, photojournalist, consultant and educator. He has given keynote speeches, presented workshopsretd and lectured at embassies, conferences, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Greece, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Swanson has compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years: From 1978 to 1991, Swanson worked for the National Broadcasting Company where he was honored with national EMMYs for producing and editing: The Silent Shame, a prime-time investigative documentary; Military Medicine, a two-part investigative series on NBC News; and Hotel Crime, an investigative news magazine piece. Swanson was an editor for "breaking news and features" for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, the Today Show, Sunrise, Sunday Today, NBC Overnight, A Closer Look, Monitor, and other prime time news magazines. Swanson covered "breaking news" in 26 states and Canada for the network including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. Swanson was the Fulbright distinguished lecturer and consultant in television news to the government of Portugal in 1989. In 1992, he covered the XXV Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News as field producer and cameraman. Swanson has earned more than 75 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national EMMYs, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE 'Golden Eagles,' 16 TELLYs, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival's Globe Award, the Videographer Award, The Communicator Award, the Ohio State Award, the CINDY Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2013 Professor of the Year award, and many others. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1974, and a Master's degree in Journalism in 1993.

Professor Gary E. Swanson is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Media & Film section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Keynote Presentation | Fake News and the Attack on America’s Freedom of the Press
Dr Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo
Chaminade University, USA

Biography

Dr Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo is an Associate Professor at Chaminade University in the Communications Department. Dr Washburn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Theater Arts from Silliman University of the Philippines, and went on to earn her Masters in Literature from the same institution, under the tutelage of Dr Edilberto and Philippine National Artist, Dr Edith Tiempo.

She left her native Philippines for Connecticut in the USA where she finished her Master of Science in Reading at Southern Connecticut State University. Her passion for her native culture subsequently took her back to the Philippines where she started The Spotted Deer, an arts and language program to benefit the street children of Dumaguete, while also teaching at her alma mater, Silliman University. In 2004 she moved to Hawaii where she earned a doctorate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also explored and spoke at communication and multilingual conferences at Oxford University in England, Auckland University in New Zealand and other international academic gatherings. She recently received the Excellence in Education award from the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, in recognition for the many different community groups she volunteers for.

Dr Washburn wrote and directed three documentaries focused on the values of multicultural selves in a diverse learning environment. The latest was Among Gitukod, We Built It, a documentary on accountability and trust in donating to the Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief efforts. Her dissertation focused on the use of cultural interpretation in remedial English classrooms with diverse students from immigrant households, arguing that the discourses from home cultures offer new perspectives that bring into society other ways of being.

She contributed a chapter on multilingualism, whiteness and anxieties of whiteness, and the sociological and environmental dimension of development, to the book Whiteness Interrogated. She has three children’s books awaiting publication and a book of poems on Visayan culture. She has also been a speaker for workshops on Culture and Competence for Filipino Priests relocating to the Pacific. She has held teaching positions at The Foote School of New Haven Connecticut, Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines, and serves as a Commissioner on the Hawai’i States Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Dr Virgil Hawkins
Osaka University, Japan

Biography

Dr Virgil Hawkins holds a PhD in International Public Policy from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where he currently serves as associate professor. He is also a research associate with the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Before joining OSIPP, Virgil Hawkins was an assistant professor at the Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University (2007-2010), and has also served with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) in Cambodia (technical advisor, 2002-2004), and in Zambia (country director, 2004-2007).

Virgil Hawkins is also a co-founder of the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security (SACCPS). His prime research interest is in the media coverage of conflict (and the lack thereof), most notably in Africa. His most recent book is Communication and Peace: Mapping an Emerging Field, edited with Julia Hoffmann (Routledge, 2015).

Featured Presentation (2017) | Introduction of Osaka University’s Global News View Database
Dr James Rowlins
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Biography

James Rowlins left his native England for Paris, France, where he studied for a BA (Hons) and MA specialising in French cinema. His passion for visual culture subsequently took him to Los Angeles, where he earned a doctorate at the University of Southern California, USA. In addition to exploring literature and film through a theoretical lens, as well as dabbling in filmmaking, his dissertation focused on the crossover between post-war American film noir and the French New Wave, arguing that the subversive manipulation of the Hollywood genre formula by the auteurs constitutes a political aesthetic. He has published articles on contemporary French fiction, film and existentialism, cinematic phenomenology and new perspectives on the New Wave. He has held teaching positions in Europe, America and Japan, and is currently a Lecturer in the Humanities and the Arts Department at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Dr Paul Spicer
Hiroshima Jougakuin University, Japan

Biography

Dr Paul Spicer is currently an Associate Professor at Hiroshima Jougakuin University in the beautiful city of Hiroshima. He was previously employed by the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer within the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media, where he co-ordinated the courses Japanese Cinema and Culture, and East Asian Cinema. In 2001 he decided to return to education, and began a degree programme at Portsmouth. He successfully graduated in 2005 with a BSc (1st Class Hons) in Entertainment Technology. In 2007, he began work on his doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Films of Kenji Mizoguchi: Authorship and Vernacular Style’. He completed his thesis in August 2011, and successfully sat his Viva Voce at the University of Portsmouth the same year. Dr Spicer’s research lies primarily in the area of film and cultural studies, and his current work focuses upon the relationship between film and Japanese socio/political issues between 1965 and 1975.

Timothy W. Pollock
Osaka Kyoiku University & Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan

Biography

Timothy W. Pollock currently lectures on film and visual culture at Osaka Kyoiku University and at Hagoromo University of International Studies, Japan. He received his BA in Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary, USA, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Monash University, Australia. His research is focused on the development of standards and practices in classic Japanese cinema in general, and on the later films of Ozu Yasujiro in particular. He has also presented papers in subjects as diverse as education and ethics, all of which were structured around the idea of dramatic visual narratives. A long-time resident of Japan, he also worked as an assistant editor on the second edition of the Genius Japanese-English Dictionary.

Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

One of the founders of IAFOR, he was Academic Director from its inception in 2009 until 2011, Executive Director from 2011-2014, and President from 2014-2016. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Professor Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has held full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in 2015 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children and lives in Nagoya, Japan.