Media anthropology today: Seeing, hearing, understanding?

Media anthropology examines how people relate to media, how media produce and reproduce reality and how they are embedded within economic and political contexts. How does technological change shape and transform media landscapes? What is so specific about media communication and its aesthetic expression? These questions show that media anthropology cannot be reduced to the tradition of ethnographic film or visual anthropology alone. Visual anthropology has become one among other fields of interest in media anthropology. New topics arise, like the study of communication with and through social media or their use as interactive tools in research and teaching. Last but not least, audiovisual media are now indispensable for communicating

anthropological work to a wider public, particularly in settings of transnational dialogue. The number of universities and colleges offering postgraduate programmes in media anthropology or visual studies is growing.  It has also become an accepted practice for students to submit academic work in the form of film, photographic documents and exhibition.

For this dossier of Tsantsa we invite contributions from academic as well as from applied research relevant for media anthropology today:

– In what thematic fields and for what epistemic and social purposes are cameras and other media being used? How is data edited, analysed, presented and discussed?

– What can be learned from the use of pictures, photos, films, sound features, or social media in research and learning processes?

– What is the significance of audiovisual research in the history of social and cultural anthropology?

– How are the political and economic interests of media industries reflected in media anthropology?

– How does media anthropology focus upon social and political movements?

Abstracts: 2000 characters with spaces. Please, complete your abstract with

For author’s guidelines, please visit (heading “Dossier”):a short bio including your discipline and professional position. Deadline: 1st February 2012 Please send your abstract to Heinz Nigg:

International Conference on Woman

International Conference on Woman with its main theme BEING A WOMAN and subthemes -Awareness and Liberalization, organized by Dokuz Eylul University Woman Rights and Problems Research and Practice Center (DEKAUM) in collaboration with Regional Development and Administrative Sciences Research and Practice Center (BIMER) will be held on the 9th-11th of May, 2012 at Dokuz Eylul University DESEM Conference Halls.

DEKAUM and BIMER are inviting distinguished scholars to submit papers on issues related to any of the following topics. Paper proposals (250 words maximum) should include the title, aim, method and basic conclusions of your research and should be sent by January 16th, 2012.


Guidelines regarding the format of full paper submissions as well as the notification of accepted papers can be found on the conference website.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions and Pre-register January 16, 2012
Notification of Approval: February 17, 2012
Deadline for Sending Paper Manuscripts: April 9, 2012
Registration Fee Deadline: April 16, 2012
Final Program: April 20, 2012
Conference Dates: May 9-11, 2012

Only web page pre-registers will be considered.
In order to pre-register and submit proposals, and also furthurt
information please visit;

Producing Motherhoods In/Through Consumption

Submissions are now being accepted for a special issue of the Journal of Consumer Culture on  “Producing Motherhoods In/Through Consumption.” Research-based and theoretical treatments that take questions of motherhood(s) and consumption as their central problem are welcome from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including, but not limited to, sociology, anthropology, communications, history, consumer behavior and marketing.

Submissions are due March 12, 2012

Expected publication: Volume 14 (2), July 2013

Go to:

for full Call or contact Dan Cook,

Internet Research 13.0: Technologies

Internet Research 13.0 will focus on the theme of technologies, understood in the broadest sense as crafts, techniques, and systems. The conference will examine the place of the Internet in the contemporary world and in relation to a range of existing and emerging technologies, considering its impact in a context where life is entangled with technologies of all kinds as never before. The conference will bring together scholars, researchers, students and practitioners from many disciplines to map and situate the development of the Internet as part of the history of human technology.
To this end, we call for papers, panel and pre-conference workshop proposals from any discipline, methodology, community or a combination of them that address the conference themes, including, but not limited to, papers that intersect and/or interconnect with the following:

*   the speed and acceleration of technological change
*   the past, present and future of technology
*   emerging and converging technologies
*   educational technology
*   cultures of crafting
*   connectivity and access
*   space, location and mobile technologies
*   technology, networks and attachments
*   technology and the body
*   technologies of the self
*   technology, regulation and ethics

IGNITE-IR – please submit a one-paragraph abstract and other information. Details at

ANZCA 2012 ADELAIDE | Communicating Change, and Changing Communication in the 21st Century

The 2012 ANZCA Conference will be held in Adelaide at the picturesque  North Terrace campuses of the Universities of Adelaide and the  University of South Australia from 4-6 July 2012, with a pre-conference postgraduate research workshop on 3 July.

Papers and abstractsshould be submitted by 09 March 2012 for the referred stream, and 20 April 2012 for the non-referred papers. However all abstracts are due by 09 March 2012. ANZCA conferences have the flexibility of two types of paper acceptance
modes: the fully referred stream which conforms to Australian and NZ research publication guidelines, and a non-refereed stream. Some Stream Coordinators have developed individual calls for papers for their streams. Every referred paper undergoes double blind peer review processes and has the option to be published in the edited conference proceeding. Non-refereed conference papers are not published in the proceedings.

Streams and Stream Coordinators
Media and Citizenship: Prof Terry Flew
Creativity and Communication: Phillip McIntyre:
Cross Cultural and Intercultural Communication: Niranjala (Nina)
Health Communication: Mike Wilmore:
Indigeneity and Media – Kerry McCallum and Lisa Waller: &
Journalism and New Media: Anne Dunn and Fiona Martin &
Communication Law and Ethics: Donald Matheson:
Mobile, Digital and Social Media: Scott Rickard and Clare Lloyd &
Organisational and Business Communication: Colleen Mills:
Public Relations: Alison Henderson:
Science and Environmental communication: Catherine Simpson
Community and Activist Media: Alana Mann:
Sports Media and Communication: Brett Hutchins:
Terrorism, Crime and Media: Jacqui Ewart:
Political Communication: Terence Lee:
Communication and Pedagogy: Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten
Advertising and Communication:
Pre-conference Workshops and PG Research: Jay Reid
Interpersonal Communication:
Communication and Disability:

All Other Enquiries to:
Conference Convenors:
Chika Anyanwu, University of Adelaide:
Kerry Green, University of South Australia:

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC), Vol 9, Issue 3 Media ethnography

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture invites submissions from international and multidisciplinary perspectives that explore some of the key debates around media ethnography and/or draw on media ethnography (or studies inspired by it) to produce original empirical research. In keeping with the aims of WPCC, we welcome submissions from new and emerging scholars.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

* Challenges and opportunities, strengths and weaknesses of media ethnography

* Ethical concerns in media ethnography

* Media ethnography, social activism and social change

* Sensory ethnography and anthropology of the senses

* Media ethnography, power and authority

* Media ethnography, presence, non-presence, digital ethnography and the concept of “the field”

* We particularly encourage the submission of original empirical studies of media which draw on ethnographic approaches A 300 word abstract, full contact information for the corresponding author, and a biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors should be submitted by no later than 3 February 2012. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified in February

2012 and will then be invited to submit a full paper by 15 June 2012.

Complete manuscripts should be prepared in English in MS Word and adhere to the Manuscript Submission Guidelines (; they should be 6000 – 8000 words, including notes and references. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract of 100-150 words and up to six keywords. The manuscript must contain a separate title page that should include: the title of the manuscript; the

name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s); full contact details of the author(s); the author’s brief biographical statement. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following submission.

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the issue editors, Dr Andrea Medrado and Helena Nassif at:

Deadline for abstracts: 03 February 2012.

Deadline for complete manuscripts: 15 June 2012.