PSA Media & Politics Group Annual Conference 2017

It’s not the end of the world

Call for papers

There was a view, perpetuated by traditional and social media alike, that 2016 was probably the worst year in the history of human civilization since the Great War or the Black Death, and that the political and economic forecasts for 2017 offer no sense of relief.

As we approach the end of the first year of Brexit negotiations and a Trump Presidency, and witness the ongoing progress of alternative and extremist ideologies, this conference will (subject to the continuation of life in this hemisphere) explore the mass media, social media, cultural and political responses to the perceived crisis which threatens to overturn the core values of liberalism, neo-liberalism, enlightened capitalism and/or democracy which have appeared for some time to underpin an established order of things.

We therefore welcome papers which examine the reactions and roles of media, communications and culture in relation to (amongst other things) such issues as Trump, Brexit, Isis, Syria, Russia, North Korea, Turkey, the European Union, immigration, global warming, cyber warfare, corruption scandals, the resurgence of ultra-nationalism, the collapse of the state, the death of trust, the death of truth, ongoing and impending economic catastrophes, and the path towards (and the aftermath of) the UK’s snap general election of June 2017.

Some key themes might, for example, include:

  the futures of journalism and political communication in post-truth and social media environments;

  the roles of media and culture in relation to democracy, political trust and the public sphere;

  mass media, social media and cultural influences upon ongoing ideological and political revolutions;

  the work of media, communication and cultural studies in relation to these ongoing crises;

  the impacts of emergent media cultures, technologies and economies on political/geopolitical structures and conflicts;

  reflections of current senses of socio-political crisis in the arts and media;

  contemporary discourses of societal redemption, revolution, dystopia and apocalypse.

The University of Hull is a Principal Partner in Kingston-upon-Hull’s celebrations of its status as UK City of Culture 2017, so what better place to welcome the brave new world of Brexit and Trump (or to usher in the apocalypse)?

The Media & Politics Group operates an open and inclusive policy, and papers dealing with the politics of any aspects of media, communication & culture (not only those relating directly to the conference theme) are welcomed.

Proposals for 15-minute papers should include the following: title and name, institutional affiliation and address, and email address, together with a paper title and abstract of not more than 250 words. Proposers should also indicate whether or not they are current postgraduate students. Proposals should be sent by 16 June 2017 to Professor Alec Charles (Head of Arts, University of Hull) at a.charles@hull.ac.uk.

Full papers (of no more than 2000 words) submitted by postgraduate students may be entered into the James Thomas Memorial Prize. This annual award is presented to the most outstanding paper by a postgraduate student at the Media & Politics Group Annual Conference. The Media & Politics Group offers a limited number of travel subsidies (up to the value of £100) to support postgraduate student participation in this event. Postgraduate students interested in applying for these subsidies should please note this in their submission.

Please note that in the event of Armageddon the conference will adjourn to our purpose-built underground bunkers or to the nearest bar.