The Dynamics of Politics and Media - Political Engagement in the Digital Age

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
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Interdisciplinary Student and Graduate Conference at the Institute of English and American Studies

The Dynamics of Politics and Media -
Political Engagement in the Digital Age

June 23th  – 24th  2017: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

"The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and
to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the
masses."(Malcolm X)

More than ever before, politics and media work hand in hand. Homeland and West Wing   are just two
current series which cover political content and can function as an example of media portraying
history and politics nowadays. Further, celebrities and politicians seem to be more and more
associated with eachother. These occurrences lead to the question to which extent media, actively
or passively, influences politics. And why does a need exist to glorify politicians as celebrities?
Is this way of representing an essentially neutral party, such as politicians, the mutual work of
media?

This  conference  seeks  to  explore  the  connections  between   media  and  politics  and     is
especially interested in papers and presentations about power relations between politics and media,
including how media memory is used to influence the audience, whether media creates a stereotypical
image of different cultures in the soctiety and if it leads to a certain political opinion
formation.

We invite all senior BA students as well as Master and Graduate Students in English, American
Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Cultural Studies to send in their proposal  for a 20 minute
presentation about any chosen topic referring to transcultural media relations.

Potential topics could include but are not limited to:
o interaction of politics and media in different cultures
o cultural stereotypes and representations in media and politics
o media practices and media memory
o international or transnational media projects in film, TV, music or literature
o questions of cultural identity in media representations
o home, nation, identity, religion and their political conflicts in literature, film or music
o media influence on politics (Facebook, Twitter and others)
Please send your proposals (max. 300 words) with a short biography and your current study program
and affiliation to studentconferencefrankfurt@yahoo.com

The deadline is March 15th  2017, decisions will be made by March 2017
There will be no conference fee. Technical equipment for presentations will be provided.
Private lodging and a limited number of travel grants may be available on a case-to-case basis.