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Two Days National Conference on Caste & Communication:“Last Date for Abstract Submission extended”

Lecture: 30th August 2018





Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi



Dr. Anand Mitra

Professor at the Department of Communication

Wake Forest University, North Carolina

About the Lecture

We are now embedded in a social system where the individual exists both as an analog flesh- and-blood being and as a data point in the digital space. The individual has been commodified as a massive set of data points and this commodity can be traded for profit. As in the case of any commodity, it is essential that the quality of the commodity be monitored and the market value of the commodity be measured. I make the argument that persistent and permanent surveillance of the human commodity is an essential part for the maintenance of a global system which is increasingly being driven by data analytics attempting to dissect the human commodity and ensure that the individual will retain the value attached to the person in the global marketplace.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ananda Mitra is currently a professor at the Department of Communication, Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He specializes in Speech Communication and Digital Society and has written numerous books on the topic. Dr. Mitra has focused his research on the role of new digital technologies in shaping everyday life practices that range from the use of computers in teaching to the way in which the marginalized can gain a voice through the use of Internet. He has also looked into the social and cultural issues related to South Asia. Some of his published works include a series seven of books under the title The Digital World, some of which are Digital Security: Cyber Terror and Cyber Security (2010), Digital Research (2010), Digital Security: Cyber Terror and Cyber Security (2010). Also, Alien Technology: Coping with Modern Mysteries (2010), India through the Western lens (1999) and India on the Western Screen: Imaging a Country in Film, TV and Digital Media.


CCMG Network Governance Lab Date: Thursday 9th August, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm

CENTRE FOR CULTURE, MEDIA & GOVERNANCE (CCMG) 1st Floor, Nelson Mandela House Mujeeb Bagh, Jamia Nagar New Delhi-110025


Announcement 21 (19 April 2017)

Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG)

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi





Associate Professor, Central European University


20 April 2016

Dr. Sahana Udupa is a social anthropologist and communications scholar with research interests in journalism cultures, digital media politics, religion and global urbanization. Sahana’s book, Making News in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics (Cambridge University Press) is a critical reading of news cultures and urban transformation. The book builds on multiyear ethnographic fieldwork inside the Times of India, the largest media house in India, and the bilingual news field in the city of Bangalore – the much hyped outsourcing hub for the global high-tech economy.  The book shows how the expanding news media played a critical role in the contested aspiration of building a ‘global city’ in India, when commercial journalism became both an object and agent of global urbanization.

Venue: CCMG Network Governance Lab

Date: Thursday, 20th April, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm


Announcement 20 (22 August 2016)

National Workshop

(23-29, November 2016)


Research Methodology for Social Sciences 

Organized by

Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG) Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Sponsored by
Association of Indian Universities


Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, in collaboration with the Association of Indian Universities , New Delhi is organising a week-long Workshop on “Research Methodology program for Ph.D. students in Social Sciences” from 23rto 29th November, 2016.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply to Program Coordinator along with duly filled up registration form.

Important Information

  • Workshop Dates: 23-29 November, 2016


For more information please contact:

Dr. Manoj Kumar (Program Coordinator)

Mobile: + 91 9990346151


Announcement 19 (7 February 2016)



Two-day National Seminar

(March 18-19, 2016)

Organized by

Department of Electronic Media & Mass Communication

 Pondicherry University

In collaboration with

Association of Communication teachers – Tamilnadu & Pondicherry (ACT-TNP)

About University

Pondicherry University is a Central University established in the year 1985. The university is located 160 km from Chennai in a lush green campus adjoining East Coast Road. It has the best of facilities and infrastructure to focus on cutting-edge research in various fields. The university offers programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Nano Technology, Green Energy technology among others.

About Department

The School of Media and Communication comprises of Pondicherry University comprises i) the Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication (DEM&MC) and ii) the Department of Library and Information Science. Established in 2007, the Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication offers two postgraduate programmes viz. M.A. in Mass Communication and M.Sc. in Electronic Media, Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication and PhD in both streams. The department has students from all over India and at once represents a Pan-Indian cultural milieu.

The major objective of the Department is to train students in the spheres of journalism, television production, radio production, advertising, public relations, film studies, digital media and photography. Our aim is to nurture cutting edge media professionals with effective communication and critical thinking skills. We work towards preparing young minds with a strong foundation in values and principles engaging critically and intervening proactively in the development of a just and humane society. Besides bringing out a lab journal and a web journal, the department students screen documentary films and organize interactions with leading activists and scholarly intellectuals to get themselves sensitized to a range of social, cultural and economic issues. Further, the department also offers PhD programmes in Mass Communication and Electronic Media respectively.

About ACT – TNP

ACT-TNP is a professional academic research forum of Communication Teachers in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Its objective is to uphold high professional standards in imparting Journalism and Communication Education. ACT-TNP holds annual conferences to highlight the need for closer monitoring of the media environment, communication and journalism education sector. ACT-TNP seeks to put in place best practices in teaching, research and extension through its activities.


Communities are not necessarily organic but imagined. They are not confined to physical and geographical locations but are sites of articulations of self and communitarian philosophy. Communities continually evolve, transform and transcend physical and geographical frontiers. As audience and participants, we are co-opted into the representation of communities in media spaces and sometimes become an integral part of constructing representations. The cultural identities of communities splinter, encounter differences, radicalize, converge and multiply along diverse trajectories. In saying so, the presence of a physical community is a premise for realizing the presence of an imagined community. Imagined community is lived and embodied outside the material world. Technologies and media have provided the glue to form, reform and bind new configurations of communities.

Benedict Anderson (1982) predicates that print media serves as a mediating circuit that gives rise to nationalism by way of helping individuals imagine a sense of community. The distant others, who we never know personally, thereby become closer to us. The concept of imagined communities could now be invoked to understand struggle, pathos, resistance etc. of distant communities as showcased in films and television content.

While there is a lot of praise heaped on the possible formations of disparate yet coherent communities, globalization and technological advancements have impacted the concept of “community” defying continuity and causing disjuncture (Appadurai, 1990) and overlapping.

A homogenous public sphere stemming from a larger community in the context of digital spaces however is untenable. Instead, we see the rise of pluralistic agnostic (Mouffe, 2000) public spheres and a fusillade of issue-based communities as offshoot of discussions ranging from mundane to critical topics in media. Thus we live in multiple imagined worlds.

Today, imagined worlds and communities are formed in and through internet. Technologies have ushered in transformation from a densely-knit community to global/glocal networks of communities and sparsely-knit individuals or what is termed as ‘networked individualism’. Social media sites facilitate the formation of transnational networks and bring communities much closer than one imagined. Further, social media sites are more symbolical for facilitating subversion of imagined communities established by the state. It is also crucial to understand how vernacular languages intersect with the English dominating  ‘imagined worlds’ that  Facebook,  twitter or Google purported  to build/homogenize.

We encourage the submission of theoretical and applied research that touch on communication, community and culture from inter disciplinary, sociological, anthropological, media and communication and other perspectives.

Themes of the seminar / conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Media and subaltern communities
  • Communities communicative actions and performative spaces
  • Diasporic communities in / and films
  • Representation of communities (gender/ethnicity/in films )
  • Network communities and self
  • Racism/ gender in mediated communities
  • Political communication in online communities
  • Imaging communities – photo mediation in social media
  • Mediated Dalit communities / Minorities – can they be heard?
  • Communities as forms of resistance and interventions in digital media
  • Imagined communities in the age of multiple TV channels – globalised TV
  • Ethnic representation in media
  • Bodies, space and cyber communities
  • Activism, community in media
  • Personal narratives vs national narratives in transnational networked spaces
  • Fan communities in games
  • Empathy, emotion, affect and communities in media
  • Disciplining of self through health-based communities
  • Social Media as public spheres
  • Disaster and social media communities
  • Local and glocal – media, proximity and community


Please submit abstracts of 300 words in English via the conference management system, EasyChair. You may have to create an account with the EasyChair, to file your abstract and to follow it up further. Click the link given below to submit abstract online.

Selection Process and Criteria Evaluation:
The abstracts will be evaluated by a Scientific Peer Review Committee. Each abstract will be reviewed by two evaluators, through a blind evaluation process, considering the following criteria:
– Originality;
– Relevance;
– Proposed topic’s adequacy;
– Theoretical and methodological adequacy;
– Contribution to new knowledge;
– Clarity and meeting the formal requirements of scientific language.

Accepted papers will be announced to each participant by e-mail.

Description Dates
Submission Opens 2016-02-02
Abstract Deadline 2016-02-18
Registration Opens 2016-02-05
Reviewing and Author Notification 2016-02-21
Paper Submission deadline 2016-03-05
Registration closes 2016-03-05

Call for Papers:

Researches/Scholars, Academicians, and Activists are invited to submit abstracts for the seminar. An abstract of not more than 300 words is to be submitted online through Easy Chair on or before 18th February 2016.

Abstracts and full papers should be in MS Word Times New Roman font 12 with double space. All Abstracts will be peered reviewed and all papers will be subjected to anti-plagiarism check.

Registration Fee

Faculty Members                                Rs. 1000

Students/Research Scholars                Rs. 500

However, faculty members of Pondicherry University are exempted from registration fee.

Travel and Accommodation

We hope that you will be able to take care of your travel and accommodation. However accommodation will be arranged for outstation paper presenters, if intimated in advance. Working lunch and local hospitality will be provided.

Organizing Secretaries:

Dr T Balasaravanan, Assistant Professor
Dr M Shuaib Mohamed Haneef, Assistant Professor


Dr S Arulselvan, Associate Professor & Head
Dr D Nivedhitha, Associate Professor
Ms Radhika Khanna, Assistant Professor
Mr Samarjit Kachari, Assistant Professor
Mr A Muthamil, Assistant Professor
Dr V Santhi Siri, Assistant Professor

Chief Patron:

Prof (Mrs) Anisa Basheer Khan (Vice-Chancellor i/c)


Prof C K Ramaiah, Dean, School of Media and Communication
Dr J Sampath, Registrar (i/c)
Shri S Suresh Kumar, Finance Officer

ACT-TNP Office Bearers
Prof G Ravindran
Prof P Govindaraju
Dr P E Thomas
Dr S Arulselvan


Announcement 18 (7 October 2015)



Research Methodology  in Communication Studies and Social Sciences

Organized by

Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG) Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Sponsored by

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi is organising a ten day Workshop on “ResearchMethodology program for Ph.D. students in Communication Studies & Social Sciences” from 09th to 19th December, 2015. This workshop is designed to impart knowledge on Research Methodology in the context of qualitative and quantitative methods along-with training in Statistical packages across the various fields of Social Sciences and Communication Studies. The workshop consists of both theory and practical. The idea is of learning by doing.

Objective of the Workshop

  1. Researching Communication
  2. Formulating Research Design
  3. Field work and collection of data (Qualitative & Quantitative Methods)
  4. Data Processing and management in Excel, SPSS etc.
  5. Hands on training on Excel and SPSS: Use of software for data analysis.
  6. Statistical techniques and Interpretation of Statistical Output
  7. Preparation of the Report – What need to write and report as a research output.
  8. How to write for Reports and Journals.

Eligibility of the Participants

Young faculty members, Researchers and Scholars in any branch of Communication Studies & Social Sciences are eligible to apply on the prescribed application format. Selected candidates would be informed by 15 November, 2015 by Centre mail website.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply to Program Coordinator along with duly filled up registration form on before 10th November, 2015. Registration form & Excel Sheet can also be downloaded from the University website. Advanced copy of application may be sent to the Program Coordinator of the Workshop through mail, by post. Such application should be followed by hard copy of the application along with registration form and filled soft copy of excel sheet. There are limited seats.

The duly filled in Registration form must be accompanied with the following enclosures:

  1. A brief note about his/her Thesis and Research;
  2. A brief write up about the reasons for his/her participation in the workshop (maximum 400 words).
  3. Duly attested photographs.
  4. Filling in the excel sheet as attached at link.
  5. Attested copy of documents with CV
  6. Demand Draft for Registration Fees.

Registration Fee

Registration fee for the participants is Rs. 100/-. Selected candidates have to pay Rs.500/- as additional charges for the logistics and other expenses for the workshop. Both the payments will be made through demand drafts addressed to Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia, payable at New Delhi.

Accommodation & Travel Allowance

Accommodation will be provided to the outstation participants. Travel allowance by shortest distance bus or train (sleeper class) will be reimbursed to the outstation participants as per ICSSR guidelines. There are limited accommodations available for the outstation candidates.

Important Information

  • The last Date for receipt of the application: 10th November, 2015
  • The selected candidate would be intimated by 15th November, 2015 through website

Workshop Venue: Video Conference Room, Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, Mujeeb Bagh, Nelson Mandela, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi, 110025.

Training Period: 09th to 19th December, 2015.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Manoj Kumar (Program Coordinator & Co-Director)

Mobile: + 91 9990346151



Announcement 17 (4 December 2014)

Call For Papers

India at Leisure: Media, Culture and Consumption in the New Economy

An international Conference jointly organized by

Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi


School of Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton

9th – 10th February 2015

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

A striking feature of India’s ongoing transformations is the runaway success of one sector of its economy. This is India’s leisure economy, often overlapping with the media economy, which entails a range of pursuits from sports to movies, from texting to TV —all of which forming a significant constituent of the country’s social and economic social life. While various activities within this sector were almost entirely neglected by India’s early planners, fuelled by narrow conceptions of media as an instrument of the state, today they remain little understood by national scholars and international analysts. With this background, a bi- national working group of scholars from India and New Zealand emerged in 2013 to reflect on the dynamics of India’s media economy. To build on this, an international conference is being organized, under the inaugural round of the India New Zealand Education Council Programme, to broaden reflections on the dynamics of media industries and practices of media- culture constituting India’s leisure economy.

Abstract Submission (800 words): 5th December 2014
Acceptance of Submission: 16th December 2014
Paper Submission (5000 words): 30th January 2015
Please send all submissions to
Those interested in attending the conference, please check the link .


Announcement 16 (17 November 2014)

Call For Papers

India, China and the future of the media

12th – 14th March 2015

Hong Kong Baptist University

China and India are the two most populous countries in the world, and both are experiencing fast economic development and rapid social change. Despite different political systems and economic structures, they are both leading forces in the “BRICS” group of nations and they aspire to play a bigger role internationally, in culture as much as in international relations. These developments have led increasing numbers of scholars to begin comparative research on different aspects of the two societies, including their media and communication activities. This colloquium aims to build upon that work by bringing together Indian and Chinese scholars, as well as interested others, to discuss major points of similarity and difference between the two countries.

We have provisionally identified three major themes that we believe are central to this subject and we invite prospective participants to submit English-language abstracts of around 500 words outlining what contribution they envisage making to such a colloquium. Proposals may focus on one country or compare the situation in both. The three themes are:

  1. The future of the media:The legacy media of the press and broadcasting in both India and China have developed, at least until very recently, in the opposite direction to those in the developed world. The circulation of newspapers in the developed world has been declining for years and in the last decade advertising revenue has flooded on to the internet, seldom being captured by the online editions of print newspapers. For years in China and India newspaper circulation has been growing rapidly and advertising revenues have remained buoyant. Very recently, in both countries, circulation has faltered and the share of advertising going online has risen rapidly, albeit from a small base. In broadcasting, the number of television channels has increased sharply in both countries, in both cases driven by rising advertising revenues. In the developed world, the revenue balance within broadcasting is shifting from free-to-view to subscription services, with attendant changes in the nature of programming, while online consumption of audio-visual media through sites like YouTube and Hulu is increasing. Subscription has long provided a mechanism for access to broadcast signals in China and India but as yet there are few examples of high-value subscription channels. The differences between the social structures of the advanced world and China and India (urbanisation, the shift from agriculture to industry, the modernization of the service sector, rising educational levels and greater disposable income) as well as the different cultural traditions of the two countries, mean that it is unlikely that the experiences of the developed world will be reproduced in exactly the same way in either country, but it is by no means certain that the existing models of media can continue without modification. We invite papers that examine existing trends in the production, consumption and financing of legacy media and which suggest ways in which they might change in the future.
  2. The role of social media:The mass usage of the internet came relatively late to both China and India, but growth has been explosive. Today, China has the largest internet-using population in the world and the number of Indians online, although much smaller, is growing rapidly. In both countries, the huge numbers involved are in large measure a function of the huge populations in these countries and in both the rate of penetration remains relatively low as compared to some countries in the advanced world. For both, the digital divide in its simplest form of access to the technology remains a central reality, but in many other aspects there are major differences. Whereas India has been distinguished for its active participation in the international computer industry, China has been more concerned with the production of nationally-based software. In both countries, however, the social media are important and expanding parts of public communication, providing new mechanisms through which people can talk with each other and find an audience for their creative productions. As everywhere in the world, social media embody the whole gamut of human activity – from fashion and food to romance and politics – but they are embedded in societies with very different cultural traditions and political structures. We invite papers that examine the role of social media in all aspects of social life, including issues of governance, everyday life, and social action.
  3. The projection of national soft power:Both India and China have rich and long-established cultures, and both have long records of international cultural influence. For many years, however, the international exchange of culture has been predominantly a one-way process, from the advanced world, and particularly the USA, towards the developing world. Hollywood films and television programmes, the English language, and the education systems of the developed world have been the dominant cultural forces in almost every country in the world. There have always been currents that ran in the opposite direction, but recent developments have led to their substantial strengthening. These developments are usually given the label, borrowed from Joseph Nye, of an increase in the soft power of the two countries. In the case of India, the best-established and most familiar cultural exports have been cinema films, universally known as Bollywood cinema. For many years, their primary audience was amongst the Indian diaspora but increasingly they have won a wider audience in a range of different markets. In the Chinese case, the last few years have seen a very substantial government investment in various attempts to increase the country’s soft power. As well as efforts to export cinema films, new international radio and television news channels have been launched in English and other languages, and a large number of Confucius Institutes, teaching the Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture, have been established around the world. If Western culture still dominates in most fields, today it faces an increasing challenge. We invite papers that look at the success and failures of these efforts at spreading Indian and Chinese cultures internationally and at the future prospects for changing the overall balance in these fields.

We envisage this colloquium to be a small working meeting of around 20 scholars from India and China, all of whom will present a paper. Contacts between individuals working in the two countries have been relatively infrequent and we believe that one of the important outcomes of a meeting like this will be the chance for everyone to become more familiar with their counterparts in the other country. Unlike the bigger international conferences, we expect everyone who attends not only to present their own paper but to attend all of the sessions and join the discussion of the other papers. We hope that the conference will help us all to explore future avenues for research and that at the end of the conference new partnerships and collaborations will be under active discussion.

Hong Kong is an excellent place to begin such an exchange. It prides itself on being “Asia’s world city” and it is a lively and cosmopolitan environment with a vigorous civic life. The city is part of China and shares its majority language and culture with the mainland while enjoying a special constitutional arrangement which means that there is much less direct political intervention into either the media or universities. At the same time, it shares with India many echoes of its British colonial past. For example, English is the main language of instruction in Hong Kong universities. It has a substantial and long-established Indian community who play an important role in many aspects of the city’s life.

If you are interested in an invitation to this event, please send your abstract by email to either Ms Swati Maheshwari ( or Ms Lo Wai Han ( by 7th December 2014. Successful proposers will be notified within one week and full papers will be required by 19th January 2015.


Announcement 15 (8 October 2014)

Call For Papers

Everyday Life in Contemporary India

17 & 18 December 2014

University of Madras

Chennai, India

Jointly organised by the Department of Journalism & Communication, University of Madras, India, the Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago, New Zealand, & New Zealand India Research Institute.

This conference explores the everyday lives and experiences of people in contemporary India. It seeks to critically interrogate and debate the varied ways in which everyday life in India is played out, acted upon, and conceived. The Indian everyday is diverse, heterogeneous, and changing rapidly. Multiple complimentary and contradictory forces circulate and compete, and new social divisions, solidarities, and struggles for recognition and legitimacy animate the contemporary Indian everyday. At a time when India is at a critical juncture in its globalization story, Everyday Life in Contemporary Indiaseeks to examine the ways that people negotiate, traverse and engage various aspects of their everyday life. The aim of the conference is to examine the complexities of the everyday and provide a platform to foster a deeper understanding of socio-cultural life in contemporary India.We welcome papers from a variety of disciplines — cultural studies, social and cultural geography, media studies, communication studies, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, visual culture, and politics — that theoretically and critically engage with selected aspects of everyday life in contemporary India.

We invite papers to address the following broad concerns:

  • How do people cultivate practices, activities, practical techniques, tactics, and social bonds in order to negotiate everyday life in contemporary India?
  • How do they cultivate horizons that provide them with the impetus, direction, and desire to construct a future?
  • What is the impact of this on different aspects of their lived realities — gender relations, production and consumption patterns, lifestyle choices, family structures, religion, social distinctions (caste and class), politics, sense of belonging, sexuality, community and culture?
  • How are cultural practices and political attitudes changing and shifted in contemporary India? What has remained unchanged, or perhaps been hybridized? What new experiences and practices animate metropolitan cities and rural communities? How have public spaces been reconfigured? How are social hierarchies articulated? What is the role and location of new media in the negotiation of private/public spheres and the transformation of everyday life?
  • Whose everyday are we talking about? How might we theorize everyday life in contemporary India? What regimes of inequalities continue to prevail, in what circumstances have new ones formed? How do state & global policies impact local everyday practices? Have patterns of social mobility remained static or been transformed? How are citizens and city planners responding to these contemporary changes in India? How is the diaspora reconfiguring the Indian everyday?

Abstract Submission

The conference committee will accept abstracts until 10 November 2014.

Paper proposals can be submitted to Proposals should include title, author’s name/s, affiliation, contact email address, a short abstract (no more than 300 words), and a 100-word bio.

Duration & Venue

The proposed conference will be for two days, on 17-18 December 2014. It will be organized in Chennai at the University of Madras (Chepauk Campus) premises.

The conference website is:


Announcement 14 (10 September 2014)

One Day International Workshop on ‘Enabling Information Systems for Local Governance’ in New Delhi on 18 September, 2014

Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, is organising a one day international workshop on Enabling Information Systems for Local Governance., on 18 September, 2014 at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

The One day workshop brings together practitioners, researchers and thinkers from the overlapping fields of IT, sociology and governance to seek mechanisms for involvement of local communities as active participants in information systems for governance. Conventional technological models are based on certain apriori assumptions on how engineers and designers expect people to use

technologies as well as the social universe in which the information systems function. Social scientists and ethnographers on the other hand, concern themselves with how people use and interpret technologies and tend to have a better understanding of the role of technologies in the everyday life of users.

The first panel concerns itself with how these two diverse and possibly complementary ways of approaching technologies may synergise as a combined sociotechnical process rather than a purely technological one. Another useful way to understand the information systems as inherently socio- technical amalgamations is to examine the “informational model” – or the concepts, categories, and relationships – underlying the systems. Describing the systems in terms of their informational models enables people who understand issues of governance to speak to technologists on a common platform. Thus, the idea in the second panel is to discuss whether there is a need to rethink the mechanisms for building information models for local governance.

Some of the questions relevant to the workshop are:

  • What is the role of local communities in information systems for governance? How can local participation in governance be enabled/enhanced?
  • What are some of the existing applications and mechanisms for creating the concepts, categories, relationships, rules and constraints (the information model) used in building information systems for governance and is there a need to rethink them?

Tentative Program – 18 Sep 2014

9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-10:15– Introduction to the Symposium

10:15-11:45 – Panel 1: Governance Information Systems as Sociotechnical Processes

Information systems for governance generally involve many different kinds of users and stakeholders. The presentations in this panel are indicative of how communities get represented and the roles that they play in different technical systems. The response and discussions suggest mechanisms for enhanced community involvement as a means to creating effective systems of governance.

Atanu Garai (Fellow, Society for New Communications Research, Bubhaneshwar): Mechanisms of Community Enrollment in mHealth

Jagdish Mitra (CEO, CanvasM,a Tech Mahindra Company) – Mobile Application as a response to social outcry: The Case of Sexual Harassment Hotline

Chair: Dr Amit Prakash, Assoc Prof, Centre for Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Discussant: Dr. Richa Kumar (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi)

11:45-12:00 – Tea/Coffee break

12:00-13:30 – Panel 2: Information Modelling in Local Governance

This panel describes the (often) implicit “Information Model” underlying IT enabled systems of governance. Making these models explicit also opens up the discussion of how social concepts and categories may be included as part of the model.

  • Dr Vignesh Ilavarasan P (Department of Management Studies, IIT-Delhi) – Information

Models for Service Delivery in the Telecom Sector

  • Ravi Shukla (CCMG, JMI)–Prototyping Informational Models in Participatory Governance. Chair: Dr. Arul Chib (NTU, Singapore)

Discussant: Sunil Abraham (CIS, Bangalore)

13:30-14:30 – Lunch

The workshop will be supported by International Development Research Council .


Announcement 13 (1 March 2014)

A Two-day International Conference on ‘Media Diversity: Concept, Analysis, Policy’ in New Delhi on 25-26 November, 2014

Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, in collaboration with  Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium is organising a two-day international confernce on  ‘Media Diversity: Concept, Analysis, Policy’, supported by VLIR-UOS, Belgiumon 25-26 November, 2014 at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.  The Conference will provide a platform for understanding media diversity as a concept, ways to operationalize the concept and techniques to measure and analyse it.

The conference will help build a network of scholars working on issues of Media Diversity and therefore, the conference papers can address the themes in the following categories:

  • Understanding Diversity in Plural Societies
  • Contexts of Media Diversity
  • Techniques to measure and analyse Media Diversity in Indian context
  • Issues & mechanisms of Policy Advocacy on Media Diversity

Important Dates

Abstract Submission (500 words): 1 September 2014
Acceptance of Submission: 15 September 2014
Paper Submission: 23 October 2014

Participants will be given a certificate of participation for attending both days of the conference.

Participation fee: Rs. 1000/- which includes the cost of lunch, refreshment and conference kit.

Your contacts for this conference are:

Prof. Dr. Leen d’Haenens, Promoter; Conference Presenter;

Contact:, KU Leuven

Vibodh Parthasarathi; Conferenece Co-promoter;

Contact:, CCMG Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Prof. Dr. Chris Verschooten, Conference Presenter;
Contact:, KU Leuven
Nabeela Khan, Research Associate Conference Coordinator:
Contact, CCMG, JMI
Scientific Committee
Prof. Biswajit Das, Director & Professor, CCMG, JMI
Prof. Dr. Leen d’Haenens, Vice Dean, International Affairs and Professor, IMS, KU Leuven
Vibodh Parthasarathi, Associate Professor, CCMG JMI
Dr. Athiko Kaisii, Assistant Professor, CCMG, JMI
Nabeela Khan, Research Associate, CCMG, JMI

This conference is being supported by VLIR-UOS & ICSSR.    **********************************************************

Announcement 12 (3 Feb 2014)

2nd four day residential course on  ‘How to Engage in Broadband Policy and Regulatory Processes?’ in New Delhi from 7 March 2014

Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia in collaboration with LIRNEasiaa Colombo-based regional ICT policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific, is organising the second round of four day course on  ‘How to Engage in Broadband Policy and Regulatory Processes?


The objective of the four-day residential course is to produce discerning and knowledgeable consumers of research who are able to engage in broadband policy and regulatory processes.

 Who may apply

We will be selecting not more than 25 participants to participate in the course (including junior/mid level officers of government and regulatory agencies, university students, lecturers, academics, media personnel and civil society officers working in related fields). We hope to have a diverse group of participants in both experience and discipline as this would enrich the discussion and give different perspectives of the issues related to broadband.

Last date for application is 10th February 2014Applicants can apply online 

Details of the course are available here.

Please write-in at <> for any queries.


Announcement 11 (19 Nov 2013)

2nd Weeklong Residential Institute on Internet & Society in Pune From 11-17 Feb 2014

CIS is pleased to announce the second week long residential Institute on Internet and Society ( to be held in Yashada, Pune from February 11 to 17, 2014. With financial support and visionary guidance from the Ford Foundation, this initiative is an important opportunity to bring together various stakeholders in a neutral forum and share ideas.

Why take this course?

The internet is a space that enhances access to knowledge, accessibility and has varying standards of other rights. It affects our daily lives in ways we do not imagine possible. Not only are some of the most critical issues being discussed today in different spheres of life such as politics, sports, economy, media, entertainment or governance connected to the internet and related technologies, but most forms of activism and campaigning also have an online dimension to them. The extremely rapid pace of technological development makes it difficult to keep pace with emerging issues and often critical issues are left neglected for this reason. Furthermore, in case of existing discourses around current or proposed technology associated developments, it is not surprising to find a dearth of players, especially amongst civil society to represent public interests. This Institute offers a space for people from different domains of life to come together and critically engage with these issues. Through interactive sessions, networking and sharing of experiences amongst participants and resource persons and collaborative work, it is hoped that participants will gain an understanding of this field and feel empowered to work on such issues.

 Course Contents

  • History of the Internet:
  • Internet Technologies and Infrastructure
  • Principles and Values on the Internet
  • E-Governance
  • Ownership and competition in the market
  • Internet Activism

Institute Highlights

The event will feature:

  • Guest lectures by experts and CIS staff
  • Interactive panel discussions
  • Case studies
  • Breakout sessions
  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Networking opportunities, field trip/ off-site experience

At the end of the week long residential course, attendees will have:

  • Acquisition of knowledge on internet related issues and debates, especially in the Indian context.
  • Appreciation of the role of community and other stakeholders in issues surrounding the internet.
  • Creation of a starting point for improved communication of research findings, innovations, information and new technologies in internet.
  • Appreciation of the need to bridge the gap between policy and implementation.

Application, Venue and Dates
►Who can apply?
Members of the civil society (students, research scholars, academician, scientists, legal professionals, industrial person, etc.) who engage in issues concerning the Internet & Society are welcome to apply.

Applications shall be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Originality of application.
  • Demonstration of interest and/or prior engagement in Internet & Society related research and policies.
  • Gender, regional and stakeholder representation.

Qualifying participants shall be chosen to attend the event on a first come, first served basis. Please ensure that your applications are submitted to CIS well before the closing date. Attendance for the full duration of the institute is mandatory for all participants. CIS has a limited number of scholarships that will cover certain costs. Please note that scholarships will be given on a first come, first served basis to deserving applicants and is available for persons based within India.

Applications are due on or before December 6, 2013. To apply online visit:

If you are not able to apply online, please download the application form available at the URL and email the same to along with a brief bio and a 250-300 word abstract on why you feel you are a suitable candidate to attend the institute.

Yashada, Rajbhavan Complex,
Baner Road, Pune 411 007,
Maharashtra, India
Phone: + 91- 20 – 25608000
Fax: + 91-20-25608100


Registration Dates
Opens on: November 15, 2013
Closes on: December 6, 2013

About the Organiser and the Supporter

CIS critically engages with concerns of digital pluralism, public accountability and pedagogic practices, in the field of Internet and Society, with particular emphasis on South-South dialogues and exchange. Through multidisciplinary research, intervention, and collaboration, we seek to explore, understand, and affect the shape and form of the internet, and its relationship with the political, cultural, and social milieu of our times.

 The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Their goals for more than half a century have been to:

  • Strengthen democratic values
  • Reduce poverty and injustice
  • Promote international cooperation
  • Advance human achievement

The Ford Foundation believes all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.

► Key Contacts


Announcement 10 (7 Oct 2013)

Memorandum of Understanding between Jamia Millia Islamia, India & KU Leuen, Belgium

On October 4 the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts of KU Leuven  concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with Jamia Millia University (Delhi, India). This new agreement creates new opportunities for cooperation, especially in the fields of communication science and journalism studies with India, a country that has a vibrant and diverse media landscape.

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On the picture from left to right: Professor Biswajit Das (Director Center for Media Culture and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia), Dean Luk Draye (Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven) and Dean Bart Kerremans (Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven)

In the meeting from the Faculty of Social Sciences also participated: Vicedean Leen d’Haenens, Professor Geert Bouckaert, Professor Chris Verschooten and Dr. Ria Laenen.

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Announcement 9 (7 Oct 2013)

Call for Papers/Posters

Digital Cultures: The Intersections of Tradition and Modernity

Association of Communication Teachers- Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (ACT-TNP) organizes

The Fourth ACT-TNP Annual Conference 2013


Digital Cultures: The Intersections of Tradition and Modernity


December 13-14   

In association with the Dept.of Communication and Media Studies, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS (300 words max): 06 October 2013



CONFERENCE DATES: December 13-14 2013

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Interfaces of tradition and modernity in mobile phone cultures in TN/India
  • Interfaces of tradition and modernity in game cultures in TN/India
  • Interfaces of tradition and modernity in internet media cultures in India
  • Digital cultures of youth in TN/India
  • Digital cultures of adults/elderly in TN/india
  • Issues of identity negotiations in digital cultures
  • Circulation of anxieties and other emotive feelings in digital cultures
  • Long distance relationships in digital cultures
  • Boundaries of intimacies in digital cultures and non-digital cultures
  • Multi-modality in digital cultures
  • Digital literacies vs print literacies
  • Digital media dependency
  • Cultural indicators in the digital world
  • Information/knowledge gaps in digital cultures
  • Digital culture and education
  • Commodification/packaging of digital culture
  • Children and new media
  • Digital governance: Regulation/surveillance of digital content
  • Digital communities
  • Moral panics in/and digital cultures
  • Space, time, new publics and ideologies in digital cultures

Papers/posters are expected to employ multi disciplinary approaches, classical and innovative theoretical perspectives and critical/non-descriptive approaches rooted in the contexts of the digital cultures in India.

Abstracts and enquiries should be sent by email to Dr.P. Govindaraju, Professor and Head, Dept. of Communication, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli 627012 at or to Dr.G Ravindran, Professor and Head, Dept. of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras 600005 at


Announcement 8 (10 Sep 2013)

Web We Want Small Grants

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The Web We Want is making a limited number of small grants available to support national advocacy and campaigning efforts to make the web free, open, socially relevant and accessible to all. Applications from non-profit groups in the Global South will be prioritised.

Please note we can NOT fund the development or implementation of applications, software, computer equipment, computer literacy training, technology start-ups, hubs etc. These grants are ONLY for advocacy, campaigning and influencing activities.

For the 2013 round of the small grants programme, we are accepting applications in the following categories:

  1. Rapid Response (deadline: open, rolling)
    Micro-grants designed to help when you face an unexpected crisis or strategic opportunity that demands more resources fast.
  2. Surveillance Action Research (deadline: open and rolling until September 30)
    These grants will enable national groups or coalitions to investigate their own country’s surveillance policies, laws and practices. Funds are available for action research to provide solid evidence to underpin your own local advocacy, media work and campaigning. The results of the country research will also be published under your group’s name in a special report on global surveillance.
  3. Capacity Building and Outreach (deadline: September 9)
    Capacity Building and Outreach funds are available to groups in selected African and Asian countries to run workshops or training sessions that will increase understanding of the value of an open, free, and universally accessible internet and the policies needed to advance it. Grants could be used to run interactive workshops or training sessions, and/or to host a participatory dialogue on what actions or policy changes are most important in your country; or in other ways that you suggest to us based on your needs. Resource materials, including the Web Index report cards on how effectively countries around the world are using the Web, will be supplied to help you plan training and awareness-raising sessions.

Eligibility and How to Apply

We request that before applying for a grant, that you join the Web We Want mailing list, where you will receive regular updates about the wider network of national, regional and global campaigns for a free, open and accessible web and news from the Web We Want campaign. If you have any questions please contact us.

We encourage applications from a broad and diverse range of groups and organisations, around the world, but resources are limited and we will not be able to fund every application that we receive during this first round. Priority will go to non-profit organisations in the global South and to those who show that they have the partnerships and follow-up mechanisms needed to reach, influence and mobilise others in their country.

Applications will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Web We Want Advisory Committee, the subcommittee will make a recommendation to the Web We Want coordinators, whose decision is final.

Rapid Response applications will take 5 working days to process, from receipt of your application to final decision. Surveillance Action Research and Capacity Building grants will take 14 working days to process, from receipt of your application to final decision.

If you are successful, we’ll try to transfer the funds to you within a few days of approving your application. Please make sure that you include complete and correct bank details (including IBAN number) in your application form – otherwise, we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to process funds quickly.

All successful grant applicants will be listed publicly, with a brief description of project the grant is supporting on, unless the grant applicant shows that this would put the project at risk.

Grant recipients must complete the evaluation form provided by Web We Want at end of the grant period (which is self-defined in the fund application form). The evaluation will be used to describe how the grant was used, and report on the success or learnings from the work that the grant supported. A positive, negative or neutral evaluation will not have any impact on grant dispersal, as funds will be transferred in full at the beginning of the project.

If your application is not successful, we’ll tell you why. Rejection of a grant application does not preclude an organisation from applying for a grant again in the future.

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Announcement 7 (19 July 2013)

Special issue AI & Society, Journal for Knowledge, Culture and Communication

Mediating Justice: the changing nature of presence in the era of ubiquitous technology


Dr. Caroline Nevejan, Professor Inge van der Vlies, Dr. Satinder Gill,

Papers are presented at EIT Conference Mediating Presence, 2-4 December 2013 Delft University of Technology.


abstracts: August 30th,

acceptance September 15th,

paper submission November 15th,

Conference 2- 4 December 2013 Delft University of Technology

final papers March 15th, publication AI & Society 2014.


The ubiquitous use of media and networks has fundamentally changed social and organizational processes in today’s societies. The speed and scale of information and communication is challenging the process of Justice. The mediated courtroom, in on- and offline contexts, with new types of evidence, and new ways of presenting evidence are emerging in many different Courts of Law.

The International tribunal in The Hague has been broadcasting its sessions for more than a decade. What is the effect of this media use? Has the Tribunal acquired more authority and/or respect? Is the process of justice affected by the live broadcast, and if so, how?

A number of nations have been experimenting in their courts with the use of audio and visual mediated witnesses. What are the issues witnesses, lawyers, prosecutors and judges face when dealing with witnesses at a distance? In the courtroom emotions play an important role (Dahlberg 2009). How are emotions sensed in mediated presence? How well is body language perceived? And can the tacit and the unsaid be sensed? These simple yet complex questions about justice, the process of justice, and the place of justice in a globalizing world, are the focus of this special issue. These need to be understood.

Does mediation offer an extra quality to the process of justice? Can a Judge be mediated? Is a completely mediated online courtroom desirable, and If so, under what conditions? Can the process of justice be mediated?

High quality media and smart design of the physical environments (i.e. architecture) ameliorate the sense of realness when mediating presence. Representations in full media cities have surpassed the era of mechanical reproduction and acquired media-auric effect. How can we (how can we not) place our trust in images? Are processes of signification transformed in endless data streams and real time interactions? What anchors or authorizes visual images when the original no longer matters? The iconoclash in this era of digital baroque demands for a new visual literacy and metaphysical outlook, argues Richard Sherwin (Sherwin 2011). How can such literacy be built? What is foundational to a new metaphysical outlook?

Digital traces are automatically generated on many servers around the world and these servers are mostly owned by commercial multinational businesses that deal with different judicial contexts in a variety of nation states in which they operate. Participating in networks generates a new sense of causality in which political and commercial boundaries are opaque. How can people accept responsibility for their words and deeds in these complex distributed network environments?

In global networks the dynamics of net-etiquette is developing and global communication skills are being learned. The idea of justice, Amartya Sen argues, is intuitively understood by young and old and is affected by what people can do. How is the idea of justice in networks emerging? Can the impact of violence be sensed in mediated presence when so many games and media productions desensitize its participants? How are criminal acts noticed and by whom? What obstacles does the prosecution face because of the scale and speed of network communication and transactions?

Cryptology and closed networks create zones of non-interference in which the ‘local’ culture decides what is true or false, what is good or bad. The public domain and the public good are fundamental for the process of justice, but the public domain seems to be disappearing in the globalizing commercial world. Can there be justice without a public domain? With no privacy and no public domain, can the frame of law survive in future networked societies?

This special issue seeks to explore the fundamental judicial issues we face in the decades to come. We welcome, amongst others, contributions on the following subjects:

– Emerging architectures for justice

– Emerging architectures of presence

– Emerging visual literacy for justice and law

– New metaphysical outlook for justice in the network society

– Mediating Justice

– Mediating Presence in the Courtroom

– Mediated Judicial Persona (judge, witness, prosecutor, lawyer, offender, victim)

– Network action as judicial deed

– Being witness to mediated action

– Justice in networks with no use of court

– Capacity for justice in networks

– Capabilities needed for network justice

– Mediating justice outside the courtroom

– Servers as the new public domain

– Effect of no privacy on judicial processes

– Causality in network society

– Judicial dynamic between commercial and political realm

– The place of justice in a globalizing world


Dahlberg L., 2009. Emotional tropes in the courtroom: On representation of affect and emotion in legal court proceedings, Nordic Theatre Studies 21 (2009), pp. 129-152; also published in Law and Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2009), pp. 175-205

Sherwin R., 2011. Visualizing Law in the age of digital baroque: arabesques and entanglements. Routledge, New York.

Sen A., 2009. The idea of Justice. Penguin Books, London


Announcement 6 (12 July 2013)

Two Research Assistant Positions

 Applications are invited for two Research Assistant positions for a qualitatively driven project on the social life of youths in Chennai, India.

Funded by the New Zealand India Research Institute and Education New Zealand the project critically interrogates how youths negotiate, traverse and engage in selected aspects of everyday life in a changing, globalising India. The theoretical/methodological approach for the project is interdisciplinary and is informed by the disciplines of cultural studies, cultural geography, media studies and social theory.

Successful applicants will be involved in ethnographic research: that is conducting qualitative interview, focus group interviews, participant observation, sourcing participants, and preparing survey data. Secondary duties will involve data analysis and assisting the principal and co-investigators with collating, sorting and conducting preliminary analysis.

Based with the Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras, the successful application will report to the principal investigator, Dr. Vijay Devadas (Uni. of Otago, New Zealand) and the co-investigator, Prof. Ravindran Gopalan (Uni. of Madras).

Essential Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualification (MA, MPhil, PhD) or currently enrolled in Postgraduate Research
  • Knowledgeable about ethnographic research and qualitative approaches
  • Familiar with debates in one, or more of the following scholarly fields: cultural studies, cultural geography, media studies, sociology and social theory.

 Period of Employment

August-September 2013 & Nov-Feb 2014


Specific enquiries may be directed to either:

Dr. Vijay Devadas, Uni. of Otago. Email:

Prof. Ravindran Gopalan, Uni. of Madras. Email:

 Employment Status

Fixed Term Part-time. The hours of work will be negotiated with the successful applicants, subject to the needs of the study and our participants.

Salary Range

UGC’s Junior Research Fellow Scale

 Interested Applicants are required to submit a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to Dr. Vijay Devadas at

 Applications will close on 15 July 2013. 

 Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on campus at the Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Madras in the week beginning 22 July.


Announcement 5 (10 April 2013)

Course Overview & Entrance Schedule for MA in Media Governance  

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Entrance Schedule for MA in Media Governance  

Last date for submission of Application Form 08.05.2013 Wednesday
Date & Time of Entrance test 21.06.2013  Friday09:00- 10:30am
Display of Candidates called for Interview 25.06.2013 Tuesday
Commencement of Interview 27.06.2013  Thursday
Display of list of the Selected/ Waitlisted candidates 03.07.2013  Wednesday
Last date of completion of Admission Formalities by selected Candidates 08.07.2013  Monday
Registration of wait listed Candidates 09.07.2013  Tuesday
Display of List of Registered Waitlisted Candidates 10.07.2013  Wednesday
Commencement of Admission from Registered Waitlisted Candidates 11.07.2013  Thursday
Commencement of the Classes 16.07.2013  Tuesday


Announcement 4 (27 Feb 2013)

Call for Papers

South Asian University, New Delhi

The Department of Sociology at South Asian University has launched its journal, Society and Culture in South Asia in collaboration with Sage India.

It will be published twice a year. Its discussions will primarily be located within the discipline of sociology, but are open to other related disciplines to maintain an interdisciplinary thrust within the ambit of sociology of knowledge. The basic format would be discursive, and the journal will publish full-length research papers, review-essays and debates in the temperament of qualitative sociology. It will strictly avoid mere quantitative or empirical abstractions without contextualization in both social theory and ethnography.

More specifically, the disciplinary dimensions to which the journal responds covers sociology and social anthropology in the main, and sociology of education, sociology of medicine, arts and aesthetics, cultural studies, sociology of mass media, sociology of law, urban studies and so on. However, it will be open to contributions from other disciplines in the wider domains of social sciences and humanities in so far as they conform to the disciplinary dimensions identified above.

The ‘Call for Papers’ for 2013 and 2014 as well as the ‘Style and Instruction Sheet’ for the journal is attached for your information.

Additional information is available at the Department’s official blog which can be accessed via the following link:

Given the interdisciplinary thrust of the journal, we hope you would be interested in submitting a paper, a review, an opinion or a photo essay for consideration for publication.

If you need further information, please feel free to write to this email address or to:

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may have an interest in the journal

Thank you for your cooperation.

With best wishes,

 Editor in Chief

Society and Culture in South Asia

Department of Sociology

South Asian University

New Delhi


ANNOUNCEMENT 3 (21 Feb 2013)

Internet Policy Advocacy Summer Institute at Central European University

The CEU Summer University announces the course: Internet Governance, Civil Society and Public Policy Advocacy 8- 19 July 2013, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

This intensive summer course (organized by CEU, Annenberg/UPenn and Center for Democracy & Technology) is designed to help both researchers and activists gain new insights into the role which civil society can play in advocating for a free and open internet, and will highlight the potential of technology and online tools for mobilizing and organizing constituencies and for enhancing the security and privacy of advocates.

This 2013 Course will focus on:

– Internet law and policy

– Social media and mobilization

– Online tools for advocacy, security and privacy

– Capacity building for civil society

Application Deadline: 15 March 2013.  Online Application and further information:

Course Directors:  Monroe Price (Annenberg), Susan Abbot (Annenberg), Kate Coyer (CEU), Leslie Harris (Center for Democracy & Technology)

Guest Speakers include: Sam Gregory (Witness), Marius Dragomir (OSF), Eric King (Privacy Intl), Eduardo Bertoni (Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law), Joan Barata Mir (Ramon Llull University), Andrew Stroehlein (Human Rights Watch), Sameer Pameer Padania (OSF)


Announcement 2 (8 Feb 2013)

Call for Paper Proposals

CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in ICT: Changing Asia / Africa
5-7 September 2013, Mysore, India

Organized by LIRNEasia, Research ICT Africa, and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Supported by the International Development Research Centre, Canada (IDRC) and the Department for International Development, UK (DFID)

Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) intends to build human capacity in the South by reinforcing and developing the knowledge, skills, and commitment of ICT policy and regulation scholars in the region or with substantial interest in the region. The overall objective is to create policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.

CPRsouth8/ CPRafrica 2013 provides a forum for policy-engaged scholars to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, network and improve the quality of their scholarly work. It fosters the next generation of active scholars and in-situ experts capable of contributing to good ICT-related policy and regulation in the region.

The conference will be hosted at the Infosys Campus Mysore India. The state-of-the-art Campus has been set up and is managed by the Indian global technology services company, Infosys, for the purpose of training its staff and recruits.  The Infosys Bangalore and Mysore campuses inspired Thomas Friedman to write the international bestseller The world is flat. 

The conference will accommodate ~30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the course of three days (Asia-Pacific papers will make up around 60 percent of total).   The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface.  The audience will be made up of 70+ scholars on ICT policy and practice. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar.  Substantive discussant comments will be provided.

Paper presenters will have opportunity to be mentored on their paper, policy brief and the presentation prior to the conference.


Paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific or relevant to the Asia-Pacific may be submitted for review and acceptance. The paper proposals must be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list below (if you have trouble doing so, it is an indication that your work may not fit this conference).  The keywords will be used to assign papers to reviewers in a double-blind process which will yield a short list of approximately 30-35.  Completed papers based on the shortlisted paper proposals will be judged by two senior scholars and the authors of the highest ranked papers will be invited to present at the conference.


Access | Applications | Authorization and Licensing | Broadband| Business models | Citizen | Civil society| Cloud computing | Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation  | Demand | Disaster  | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Efficiency | Emerging markets  | Environment   | Governance | Growth | Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Judiciary | Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Monopoly | Networks | Performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property | Public goods | Oligopoly | Reforms  | Regional | Regulation | Spectrum | Strategy | Transparency | Universal access | Universal services
The relevant keywords from the above list must be included in your paper proposal

Submission Guidelines
Paper proposals should be submitted electronically at on or before 08 February 2013 and must contain the following:

1.  500-word paper proposal, including a minimum of three and a maximum of five keywords from the list given above.  Include at least three, but preferably more, references to prior work.  The references and keywords are outside the 500-word limit.

2.  Curriculum vitae (one page)

The template for the paper proposals submission can be downloaded from

The document must be named CPRsouth8_paperproposal&Bio_YourLastName.doc. It should be in MS office word format. Please note that the paper proposal and bio must be in a single document.

Notification of shortlisting of paper proposals will be emailed on or before 16 March 2013, and authors will be given time to submit their completed papers – i.e., full papers have to be submitted for final review by 25 April 2013. Only full papers of acceptable quality that are received by the deadline will be considered for partial travel and accommodation support.  It is expected that the papers will be improved based on substantive comments provided in the run-up to the conference. All paper givers are required to develop a policy brief based on the final research paper.  Mentoring on writing a policy brief will be provided prior to the conference.  Policy briefs will be judged in a policy-brief competition.

Paper presenters who make the cut will be notified by 03 June 2013 with contact information for the assigned chair and discussant and instructions on travel arrangements.

Review Criteria
Paper proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
1. PRINCIPAL RESEARCH QUESTION: (15%): Captures the essence of the proposal in no more than 50 words
2. POLICY RELEVANCE (15%): The relevance of the proposal to identified decision-makers in the ICT space is explicated
3. COMPONENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS (15%): Breaks down the research question further and is linked to the research plan
4. RESEARCH PLAN (45%): Includes a literature search, method and data sources sections
5. LIST OF REFERENCES/SOURCES (5%):  Identifies the key documents.  APA style is used
6. TITLE (5%): Is clear and communicates no more and no less than the content given in the proposal.

Please note: Only the authors whose papers that are delivered by the 25 April 2013 deadline AND who meet the quality standard will be allowed to present at the conference.

The papers selected for presentation at the CPRsouth Conference will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database.  Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will be uploaded onto

Previous conferences
Please see, CPRsouth conference archives for programs and papers presented.

Selected paper givers who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific (as classified by the World Bank will be provided with:

  • Lowest-cost economy airfare to India (less USD 200 registration fee).
  •  Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the conference (5-7 September 2013).  Not all meals are covered.

The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 200, the registration fee for the conference.

The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.

Visas are required to enter India, with a few exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.

Key Dates
Deadline for paper proposals: 08 February 2013
Deadline for complete papers:  25 April 2013


Fifteen Young Scholars from the Asia-Pacific region (and the same number from Africa) will be selected to participate in the tutorials taught by recognized scholars and practitioners scheduled to be held before CPRsouth8 (3-4 September 2013).

Who will qualify?

  • Entry level officers of government/regulatory agencies
  • Entry/mid level officers of private companies in the communication industries
  • Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
  • Entry/mid level officers in NGOs/INGOs.
  • Researchers from think tanks
  • Journalists interested in regulation and public policy, with an emphasis on communication

Faculty at previous CPRsouth tutorials

Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at

Application Guidelines
Applications should be submitted electronically at on or before 02 June 2013and must contain the following:

1.  curriculum vitae (one page)

2.  a one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an Asia-Pacific based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region

The document should be named CPRsouth8_YoungScholar_YourLastName. Please note that the write up and bio should be in a single document.

Notification of acceptance will be emailed on or before 17 June 2013, with instructions on travel arrangements.

Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

1.  Content of application

2.  Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for the Asia Pacific

3.  Quality of writing

4.  Gender and country representation

The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.

The selected Young scholar award holder must:

  • Provide an one-page research proposal
  • Participate in all tutorial sessions
  • Participate in the entire CPRsouth7 conference

Selected young scholars who are passport holders and travelling from low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific (as classified by the World Bank will be provided with:

  • Lowest-cost economy airfare to India (less USD 150 registration fee).
  • Twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the tutorials and conference (3-7 September 2013).

The airfare will be reimbursed less USD 150, the registration fee for the conference.

The cost of transportation to and from airports in home countries, visa fees (if any), meals not provided and incidental costs have to borne by the participants.

Visas are required to enter India, with very few exceptions. Letters will be provided for this purpose after participant selections have been made. Participants are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately thereafter.

Key Dates
Deadline for applications: 02 June 2013

CPRsouth Board

  • Ashok Jhunjhunwala, PhD, Chair (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India)
  • Emmanuel C. Lallana, PhD, Alternative Chair (IdeaCorp, The Philippines)
  • Aslam Hayat (Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center, Fiji)
  • Yuntsai Chou, PhD (Yuan Ze University, Taiwan ROC)
  • Koesmarihati Sugondo (Directorate General of Posts and Telecommunications, Indonesia)
  • Shi-Ji Gao, PhD (School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University, China)
    Zhong Liu, PhD (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China)
  • Masatsugu Tsuji, PhD (University of Hyogo, Japan)
  • Myeong-Cheol Park, PhD (Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, South Korea)
  • Payal Malik (University of Delhi, India)
  • Ang Peng Hwa, PhD (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Pirongrong Ramasoota, PhD (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Rajendra Kumar, PhD (Indian Administrative Service , India)
  • Reg Coutts, PhD (Coutts Communication, Australia)
  • Rohan Samarajiva, PhD (LIRNEasia, Sri Lanka)
  • Supriya Singh, PhD (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia)
  • Wangay Dorji (Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority, Bhutan)

About LIRNEasia
LIRNEasia is a regional information and communication technology (ICT) policy and regulation research and capacity building organization. LIRNEasia seeks to identify the institutional constraints on effective use of ICTs to improve the lives of the people of Asia-Pacific; work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to catalyze changes conducive to greater participation by users and suppliers; and contribute to building capacity within the region for evidence-based intervention in the public-policy process. It serves as the administrative partner for CPRsouth.

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Contact information
Mail: CPRsouth, C/o LIRNEasia, 12 Balcombe Place, Colombo 00080, Sri Lanka
Telephone: +94 11 267 1160
Fax: +94 11 267 5212

Our mailing address is:


C/o LIRNEasia, 12 Balcombe Place, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Western Province 00800

Sri Lanka


Announcement 1

Call for Papers

from Athens Institute for Education and Research, Greece


Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER and Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos, Professor, University of Alabama, USA & Head, Mass Media & Communication Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) would like to invite you to submit proposals for presentations and/or collaborations for the following conference: 11th Annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media, 13-16 May 2013, Athens, Greece

For further details, please go to the conference website: The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Urban Studies and Planning and other related areas. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (using email only to: by 14 January 2013 addresses to: Dr. Yorgo Pasadeos, Professor, University of Alabama, USA & Head, Mass Media & Communication Research Unit, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at Decisions are reached within 4 weeks. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, (, President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers – from all over the world – could meet in Athens to exchange ideas on their research and to discuss future developments in their disciplines. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 200 international conferences, symposiums and events. It has also published approximately 150 books. Academically, the Institute consists of five Research Divisions and twenty-three Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and contribute to ATINER’s objectives. The members of the Institute can undertake a number of academic activities. If you want to become a member, please download the form (membership form). For more information or suggestions, please send an email to:


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