Posts tagged ‘academia’

10 July 2011

Diversity of Journalisms

New book, with 28 original papers on a broad range of aspects of Diversity of Journalisms. Includes papers on wikileaks, narratology, ipad journalism, convergence, balance as a source of misinformation, twitter, news agencies, community and audience participation.

Download the eBook (8.25 MB)

Diversity of Journalisms. Proceedings of the ECREA Journalism Studies Section and 26th International Conference of Communication (CICOM) at University of Navarra, Pamplona, 4-5 July 2011, edited by Ramón Salaverría, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
5 April 2011

Education articles for free

Routledge tells me to tell you that its education journals are freely available throughout the month of April. All articles are available for free download including (ahem) this one:

Macgilchrist, Felicitas, & Christophe, Barbara. (2011). Translating globalization theories into educational research: Thoughts on recent shifts in Holocaust education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32(1), 145-158.

Abstract: Much educational research on globalization aims to prepare students to be successful citizens in a global society. We propose a set of three concepts, drawing on systems theory (Nassehi, Stichweh) and theories of the subject (Butler, Foucault), to think the global which enables educational research to step back from hegemonic discourses and reflect on current practices. Globalization is understood in this approach as referring to: (1) a cognitive shift; (2) expanding relevancy spaces; and (3) new forms of subjectivation. The framework is illustrated with examples from educational policy and learning materials, with an extended look at how globalization is articulated in recent shifts in Holocaust education.

And other articles in

…and many more education journals.

9 March 2011

Torchwood declassified. CfP

If only there were more hours in the day…

CFP: Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television

Proposals are sought for a edited collection on the BBC Wales programme Torchwood (2006-) . Entitled Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television, the collection is to be published by I.B.Tauris in their long-established Investigating Cult TV series.

Building on a recent one-day symposium, held at the University of Glamorgan, the collection seeks to examine the show from a range of perspectives, given the current production of the show’s fourth series. The collection allows examination of both the specifics of the show itself (e.g. through the television show, the audio dramas, audience texts such as fan fiction) and wider debates within Television Studies surrounding representation, identity, genre, institutions and audiences.
Chapters on a range of topics have already been secured but further contributions are sought with chapters on the following issues being of particular interest:

  • Representations of horror and/or science-fiction within Torchwood
  • The production of the BBC radio plays
  • Torchwood’s multi-platforming and ancillary texts (e.g. novelisations, magazines, reviews, DVDs, website etc.)
  • The globalisation/international appeal of the show and its new direction as a co-production between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide, and the US network Starz
  • Torchwood ‘anti-fandom’ (e.g. fans of Doctor Who that dislike Torchwood, Torchwood fans who dislike John Barrowman)

When submitting proposals please bear in mind that awareness and discussion of Torchwood’s status as a cult and/or mainstream television show will be expected, even if this is not the main topic of your proposed chapter.

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words, along with a 200 word author biography to Dr. Rebecca Williams by 1 April 2011. It is anticipated that full papers will be submitted at the end of 2011, to allow authors to consider the fourth series of the show.

…via ECREA

1 March 2011


ECREA – European Communications Research and Education Association – is a mine of information on all things mediated. Frequent emails on journals, calls for papers, summer schools, jobs… Nico Carpentier must have massive energy and a broad range of sources to keep the list updated as he does.


28 January 2011

Open access peer reviewed books

All of the IMISCOE-AUP Series’ peer-reviewed academic books are now available through the OAPEN Library, the first dedicated collection of freely available academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from across Europe. The goals of the OAPEN Library are:

  • to promote Open Access book publishing by building a branded collection of OA peer-reviewed titles;
  • to increase the visibility and retrievability of high-quality European research;
  • to set quality standards for OA books, based on transparent procedures for peer review and recommendations for OA licences.

More information on OAPEN and the Library is available at (OAPEN Library).


1. Innovative Concepts for Alternative Migration Policies : Ten Innovative Approaches to the Challenges of Migration in the 21st Century
Jandl, Michael

2. The Dynamics of International Migration and Settlement in Europe : A State of the Art
Penninx, Rinus; Berger, Maria & Kraal, Karen

3. The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking
Caponio, Tiziana & Borkert, Maren

4. Diaspora and Transnationalism : Concepts, Theories and Methods
Bauböck, Rainer & Faist, Thomas

5. Migrants and Markets : Perspectives from Economics and the Other Social Sciences
Kolb, Holger & Egbert, Henrik

6. ‘My Name Is Not Natasha’ : How Albanian Women in France Use Trafficking to Overcome Social Exclusion (1998-2001)
Davies, John

7. Illegal Residence and Public Safety in the Netherlands
Leerkes, Arjen

8. The Position of the Turkish and Moroccan Second Generation in Amsterdam and Rotterdam : The TIES Study in the Netherlands
Crul, Maurice & Heering, Liesbeth

9. Modes of Migration Regulation and Control in Europe
Doomernik, Jeroen & Jandl, Michael

10. Breaking Down Anonymity : Digital Surveillance of Irregular Migrants in Germany and the Netherlands
Broeders, Dennis

11. Understanding Processes of Ethnic Concentration and Dispersal : South Asian Residential Preferences in Glasgow
McGarrigle, Jennifer Leigh

12. Migration and Irregular Work in Austria : A Case Study of the Structure and Dynamics of Irregular Foreign Employment in Europe at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Jandl, Michael; Hollomey, Christina; Gendera, Sandra; Stepien, Anna & Bilger, Veronika

13. The Family in Question : Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities in Multicultural Europe
Grillo, Ralph

14. Citizenship in the Arab World : Kin, Religion and Nation-State
Parolin, Gianluca P.

15. Identity Processes and Dynamics in Multi-Ethnic Europe
Westin, Charles; Bastos, José; Dahinden, Janine & Góis, Pedro

16. Immigrant Associations, Integration and Identity : Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European Communities in Portugal
Sardinha, João

17. Statistics and Reality : Concepts and Measurements of Migration in Europe
Fassmann, Heinz; Reeger, Ursula & Sievers, Wiebke

18. Sri Lankan Housemaids in Lebanon : A Case of ‘Symbolic Violence’ and ‘Everyday Forms of Resistance’
Moukarbel, Nayla

19. Paradoxes of Social Capital : A Multi-Generational Study of Moroccans in London
Cherti, Myriam

20. Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood : Naturalisations in Swiss Municipalities
Helbling, Marc

21. Migration and Citizenship : Legal Status, Rights and Political Participation
Bauböck, Rainer

22. Illegal Migration and Gender in a Global and Historical Perspective
Schrover, Marlou; Leun, Joanne van der; Lucassen, Leo & Quispel, Chris

23. Getting by in Europe’s Urban Labour Markets : Senegambian Migrants’ Strategies for Survival, Documentation and Mobility
Nieuwenhuyze, Inge Van

24. L’Imaginaire du Complot : Discours d’extrême droite en France et aux Etats-Unis
Jamin, Jérôme

25. Citizenship Policies in the New Europe : Expanded and Updated Edition
Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard & Sievers, Wiebke

26. International Migration in Europe : New Trends and New Methods of Analysis
Bonifazi, Corrado; Okólski, Marek; Schoorl, Jeannette & Simon, Patrick

27. Navigating Borders : Inside Perspectives on the Process of Human Smuggling into the Netherlands
Liempt, Ilse van

28. Globalisation, Migration and Socio-Economic Change in Contemporary Greece : Processes of Social Incorporation of Balkan Immigrants in Thessaloniki
Hatziprokopiou, Panos Arion

29. Citizenship Policies in the New Europe
Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard & Sievers, Wiebke

30. Dynamic Entrepreneurship : First and Second-Generation Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Dutch Cities
Rusinovic, Katja

31. The Immigrant Organising Process : Turkish Organisations in Amsterdam and Berlin and Surinamese Organisations in Amsterdam, 1960-2000
Vermeulen, Floris

32. Narratives of Place, Culture and Identity : Second-Generation Greek-Americans Return ‘Home’
Christou, Anastasia

33. Acquisition and Loss of Nationality|Volume 1: Comparative Analyses : Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries
Bauböck, Rainer; Ersbøll, Eva; Groenendijk, Kees & Waldrauch, Harald

34. Secularism or Democracy? : Associational Governance of Religious Diversity
Bader, Veit

35. Paths of Integration : Migrants in Western Europe (1880-2004)
Lucassen, Leo; Feldman, David & Oltmer, Jochen

36. Acquisition and Loss of Nationality|Volume 2: Country Analyses : Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries
Bauböck, Rainer; Ersbøll, Eva; Groenendijk, Kees & Waldrauch, Harald

37. In debat over Nederland : Veranderingen in het discours over de multiculturele samenleving en nationale identiteit
Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid & Sleegers, Fleur

38. City in Sight : Dutch Dealings with Urban Change
Duyvendak, Jan Willem; Hendriks, Frank & Niekerk, Mies van

39. Doing Good or Doing Better : Development Policies in a Globalising World
Kremer, Monique; Lieshout, Peter van & Went, Robert

23 January 2011

Queer teens, LGBT issues and mediation

Two emails I received this week with quite different takes on the media images of LGBT public. First, the abstract of a paper by Jeffrey A. Bennett in Critical Studies in Media Communication 27(5): 455-476. Queer Teenagers and the Mediation of Utopian Catastrophe.

Recent cover stories about queer teenagers mark a noticeable shift in the discourse surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) publics. Contemporary media reports have repositioned the multifarious identities of queer teens as sites of unease for contemporary queer politics. Employing a framework that emphasizes the dialogical relationship among the tropes of utopia and apocalypse to scrutinize media coverage, this analysis explores the anxieties and possibilities generated by queer teens. Young queers are simultaneously understood as both political separatists from earlier movements, as well as disinterested assimilationists. The thematics of sexual fluidity and neoliberal individualism are highlights of this discourse, each being carefully tempered by the cultural force of assimilation.

Second, a more number-crunching style of analysis by Media Tenor.

LGBT Image Tied to DADT, Marriage

US TV coverage stays focused on two central topics

New York, January 21, 2010. Social policy issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are arguably some of the most controversial in the US. Two main topics, same-sex marriage rights and the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, have largely defined the media coverage related to LGBT themes since 2004.

In fact, Media Tenor’s data show that US TV coverage of LGBT themes is dominated by these two issues. While occasional coverage has been offered on other LGBT topics since 2004 – including teen suicide related to anti-LGBT bullying, the passage of LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation, LGBT-focused protests by extremist religious groups, and high-profile celebrities in the LGBT community – LGBT issues as presented to the TV audience have boiled down to love and war.

Media Tenor has found that spikes in US TV coverage on LGBT themes since 2004 correspond to specific advocacy, judicial and legislative events on related issues. The high volume of coverage in the first quarter of 2004, for example, was the result first of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court informing the state senate that civil unions were an inadequate alternative to marriage for same-sex couples in the state. This resulted not just in a path to legalized same-sex marriage in the state (which would begin later that year in May), but in San Francisco city and county officials issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Over a four day period adjacent to Valentine’s Day, thousands of marriage licenses were issued, an event which received significant media coverage and began the legal wrangling over same-sex marriage in California, despite the fact that the San Francisco licenses were later ruled invalid. That legal wrangling continues to this day in the form of appeals cases regarding Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the state after a period, not directly connected to the San Francisco licenses, of legalization.

Other increases in coverage volume reflect similarly dramatic events, although none made quite as compelling a visual story – a key element in television news selection – as the San Francisco licenses. In the second quarter of 2008, coverage spiked again in response to two critical court cases: one which struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriages (which then became in available in June of that year, until they were disallowed by the vote on Proposition 8) and another in which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that declared DADT unconstitutional in a case brought against the US Air Force. Finally, the last half of 2010 saw significant coverage on LGBT topics as increased pressure from advocacy groups and Congressional debate about DADT, which was ultimately repealed during the lame-duck session, came i nto focus. There were also several lower-profile state-level legislative and judicial events related to same-sex marriage rights during this time.The Southern Poverty Law Center, a US NGO dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry through monitoring activities, legal advocacy and education, in its most recent Intelligence Report (Winter 2010) focused on LGBT people as the minority most likely to be targeted by hate crimes based on a 14-year analysis of federal hate crimes data. However, other statistics related to LGBT people have been more positive, including a Roper poll conducted in August 2010 that found, for the first time, that a majority of those polled feel the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages (52% compared to 46% in 2009). Media Tenor data show these attitudinal disagreements on LGBT-related legal rights reflected in the US TV coverage, which tends to showcase both those celebrating advances in LGBT rights and as well as those in oppositi on, generally due to concerns about “family values” or military readiness – positions generally associated with conservative politics in the US.

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6 October 2010

Critique and Decolonization

25 September 2010

Curriculum Studies

Curriculum studies is probably one area of educational research which deals most explicitly with discourse, and with the whole range of associated issues of knowledge, power, subjectivation, hegemonic projects, critical whiteness, etc. Here a selective selection of sites, which is admittedly quite North American heavy:

American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) (association, journal, annual conference)

… is established to support a “worldwide” – but not “uniform” – field of curriculum studies. Our hope, in establishing this organization, is to provide organizational support for a rigorous and scholarly conversation within and across national and regional borders regarding the content, context, and process of education, the organizational and intellectual center of which is the curriculum.

Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) (conference, SIGs)

… supports inquiries into and discussions of curricula that are of interest to Canadian educators. In context of CACS, the term “curriculum” is defined broadly as any complex structure, or set of structures, that supports learning and teaching.

JCTonline (home of Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (JCT); related to Foundation for Curriculum Theory)

JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the “reconceptualist” movement in curriculum theorizing, and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is associated with the “Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice,” held in the autumn of each year.

Curriculum and Pedagogy group (conference, journal, edited books)

… is a gathering of diverse individuals seeking academic enrichment, social action, and professional engagement; Our conference is an annual space where work can be shared, valued, and disseminated to a diverse audience committed to educational reform and social change. The conference creates democratic spaces to advance public moral leadership in education through dialogue and action. It is characterized by its commitment to classroom teachers, school administrators and curriculum workers and in providing a venue for under-represented groups.

The newly inaugurated Laboratory for Educational Theory in Stirling seems to be re-invigorating curriculum thinking in the UK. It held an international seminar called “Whatever Happened to Curriculum Theory…?” in collaboration with the journal Pedagogy, Culture and Society in January 2010.

Journal of Curriculum Studies

…publishes original refereed contributions on all aspects of curriculum studies (including those derived from historical, philosophical, comparative and policy-related investigations), pedagogic theory, teacher education and development, assessment and evaluation, and the present state of schooling. In keeping with its international character, Journal of Curriculum Studies especially welcomes articles which extend the perspectives of curriculum beyond national boundaries.

Curriculum Inquiry

…is dedicated to the study of educational research, development, evaluation, and theory. This leading international journal brings together influential academics and researchers from a variety of disciplines around the world to provide expert commentary and lively debate. Articles explore important ideas, issues, trends, and problems in education, and each issue also includes provocative and critically analytical editorials covering topics such as curriculum development, educational policy, and teacher education.

And with a somewhat different approach to curriculum, focussing more on effective leadership in education, and less of discursive issues, the following two associations:

Australian Curriculum Studies Association Inc (ACSA) (leadership, eNewsletter, publications)

…was established in 1983 as a broadly based educational association supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work from all levels and sectors within and beyond Australia.

ACSA works to support educators so that all students have access to a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum. ACSA provides national advocacy and leadership in curriculum. It is committed to curriculum reform informed by the principles of social justice and equity and respect for the democratic rights of all.

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) (leadership, blog, effectiveness, publications)

… is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 160,000 members in 148 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

8 September 2010

New cold war research

This looks to me like a generational shift. A new approach to Cold War studies. Call for proposals for the New Cold War Research workshop at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, 1-2 November 2010.

The purpose of this workshop is to draw special attention to the interconnected relations of trade, technology and competition during the Cold War era. The Cold War period has been viewed by the mainstream literature as an East-West juxtaposition, emphasizing conflict and confrontation between the blocs. The focus of the New Cold War Research workshop is, however, on cooperation and interactions between East and West, which have been mostly overlooked or underestimated. The workshop intends to look at Europe as an arena where East and West met and established relations that resembled, in many cases,the traditional pre-Cold War contact networks. […]

The workshop aims to discuss how trade and the transfer of technology affected the rise of competitiveness inside of the Eastern Bloc. We invite papers that would elaborate the above-mentioned topic. We are particularly interested in:

  • What this East-West trade and technology transfer was all about? How were trade connections established and maintained during the Cold War era? What were the motivations behind the established connections and what kind of technologies were transferred?
  • How did economic relations induce the rise of market economic thinking in the Eastern Bloc? What kind of forms did the competition take in socialist societies? How did the economic-related competitiveness that occurred influence these societies from inside?

We invite all interested parties to participate in the workshop by sending an abstract (max 400 words) as a proposal to Sari Autio-Sarasmo ( and Katalin Miklóssy ( by September 24, 2010. Selected participants will be informed by October 1, 2010.The aim of the workshop is to produce a special edited journal selected from the presented papers.

7 September 2010


New issue of Surveillance & Society (Vol 8, No 1; 2010), the international, interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal of surveillance studies, is now available online.


  • Governing with Clean Hands: Automated Public Toilets and Sanitary Surveillance (Irus Braverman)
  • ‘Wanna still nine hard?’: Exploring Mechanisms of Police Bias in the Translation and Interpretation of Wiretap Conversations (Samuel Nunn)
  • The Rise of the Fusion-Intelligence Complex: A critique of political surveillance after 9/11 (Anthony Bolton Newkirk)
  • The Politics of Surveillance: Big Brother on Prozac (Stuart Waiton)

Opinion / Research Notes

  • Violence and Surveillance: Some Unintended Consequences of CCTV Monitoring within Mental Health Hospital Wards (Suki Desai)
  • Under-explored Threats to Privacy: See-Through-Wall Technologies and Electro-Magnetic Radiations (Vanmala Hiranandan)