Today, media culture is one of the most dominant forces in society. It contributes to how we define our sense of self and drives our understanding of the “Other.” Media also perpetuates symbols and myths, and serves as a resource for generating a common culture. The Second Annual Critical Media Literacy Conference will aid current educational leaders, future teachers, youth, and other concerned citizens in their understanding of the mass media and its impact on the events that shape our daily lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential to excavating social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century.
Calls for proposals that urgently and critically redefine, redirect, and recreate notions of knowledge, truth, and justice through (and with) critical media literacy and pedagogy will be accepted until February 14. The conference will be held March 22 at the Bone Student Center. Registration information is on the conference website.
- Strand 1: Library Sciences. Papers in this strand will explore the existing or potential connection between library science and critical media inquiry.
- Strand 2: Educational Foundations. Papers in this strand will explore interpretive, normative, and critical approaches to examining media. Papers that address critical pedagogy in online spaces are also highly desirable.
- Strand 3: School of Communication. Papers in this strand will explore the relationships between communication scholarship and pedagogy and critical media literacy. Papers that examine the connections between communication, civic engagement, and media literacy are especially encouraged.
- Strand 4: The Borg Center For Reading and Literacy. Papers in this strand will explore questions and issues related to shifting definitions of literacy, critical media literacy, and potential new intersections of inquiry.