Dear Colleagues

Itıs our pleasure to announce that Professor Kirsten Drotner will be our
keynote speaker at the  Comparing Childrenıs Media Around the World
conference on 3rd and 4th September at the University of Westminster in
Central London.  The deadline for abstracts is 9 February.
The call for papers can be found at the end of this email,  or here
We welcome individual papers or panels. The full day  of papers on 4th
September will be preceded on 3 September by an ECREA Workshop on Innovative
Methods in Research with Children - plus an evening event in association
with the UKıs Childrenıs Media Foundation and the Voice of the Listener and
Viewer on children's media and Public Service broadcasting.
If you know of other scholars who would be interested, especially phd
students and early career scholars, please pass on the details and spread on
social media. Economical accommodation is available on site

With best wishes

Prof. Jeanette Steemers

Co-Director CAMRI
Communications and Media Research Institute
University of Westminster
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Comparing Childrenıs Media Around the World:
Policies, Texts and Audiences
Conference organised by the
Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)
University of Westminster, with support from the
·      Arts & Humanities Research Council

Date: Friday 4 September, 2015
Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus,
35 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS

Preceded on Thursday 3 September by:

·      Half-day workshop in association with the European Communication
Research and Education Association (ECREA) Temporary Working Group on
Children, Youth and Media

·      Evening event in association with the Childrenıs Media Foundation and
Voice of the Listener & Viewer

Professor in the Department for the Study of Culture at the University of
Southern Denmark; Founding Director of the Danish Research Centre on
Education and Advanced Media Materials (DREAM); Co-author, International
Handbook of Children, Media and Culture
Conference themes and questions
Where in the world are children best served by media available to them, and
who judges the meaning of Œbestı? In March 2015 it will be 20 years since
advocates from around the world agreed the first Childrenıs Television
Charter calling for adequately funded, well produced content that both
affirms childrenıs sense of self, community and place and promotes their
appreciation of other cultures. In todayıs multiplatform environment, where
childrenıs use of individualised social media challenges the status of
professional players, and the expansion of US and other transnational
networks fuels concerns about the viability of domestic production, the same
calls for quality, representation and diversity persist. That much was clear
at the 7th World Summit on Media for Children in Malaysia in 2014.
Yet opinions divide over the levels of regulation and intervention required
to improve media provision for children, and over the most urgently needed
improvements, such as reducing access to harmful content or ensuring that
public policy and discourse are informed by ample and rigorous research.
Meanwhile, researching childrenıs media use remains challenging and, like
local media production for children, costs more than some industry players
are ready to afford. Children often know how to navigate into unregulated
transnational media arenas, accessing horror movies and graphic reporting of
wars and catastrophes, with or without dubbing or subtitling. Can analysts
hope to conduct a child-informed and child-centred analysis that grasps the
multiplicity of childrenıs everyday media practices?
This one-day conference will seek to take a fully international approach to
all forms of childrenıs media irrespective of delivery platform. The
comparative dimension applies to the conference as a whole, as a prompt for
discussion; individual papers are not required to be comparative, although
comparative studies are encouraged.
We welcome papers and pre-constituted panels from scholars and media
practitioners that engage critically with childrenıs media in different
countries. Themes may include, but are not in any way limited to, the
·      Definitions of childhood and media segmentation of child audiences

·      Media implications of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

·      Content generated by children

·      Development of child-friendly media policies

·      Defining cultural value in childrenıs media

·      Aspects of positive regulation: e.g. quotas, incentives, educational

·      Aspects of negative regulation: e.g. restrictions on advertising,
scheduling, access

·      Performance of public service media in generating childrenıs content

·      Production issues and producing for multiple platforms

·      Prizes, festivals and other systems for evaluating childrenıs media

·      Genre issues in childrenıs media

·      Gender issues in childrenıs media

·      Methodological issues in research with child media users

·      Media literacy among children

This is a one-day conference, taking place on Friday, 4th September 2015. It
will include a keynote address, plenary sessions and parallel workshops. The
fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be
£50, to cover conference documentation, refreshments and administration
costs. Registration will open in May 2015, at which point participants will
be asked to indicate whether they wish to attend either or both the
pre-conference events. Participants fund their own travel and accommodation

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, February 9th, 2015. Successful
applicants will be notified early in mid-February 2015. Abstracts should be
300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenterıs name, affiliation,
email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a
100-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items
together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message
the title ŒChildren & Media Conferenceı followed by your surname. The file
should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at
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