Dear Colleagues

It’s our pleasure to announce that Professor Kirsten Drotner will be our keynote speaker at the  Comparing Children’s 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 UK’s Children’s 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 Children’s 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 Children’s 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 ‘best’? In March 2015 it will be 20 years since advocates from around the world agreed the first Children’s Television Charter calling for adequately funded, well produced content that both affirms children’s sense of self, community and place and promotes their appreciation of other cultures. In today’s multiplatform environment, where children’s 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 children’s 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 children’s everyday media practices?


This one-day conference will seek to take a fully international approach to all forms of children’s 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 children’s media in different countries. Themes may include, but are not in any way limited to, the following:


       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 children’s media

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

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

       Performance of public service media in generating children’s content

       Production issues and producing for multiple platforms

       Prizes, festivals and other systems for evaluating children’s media

       Genre issues in children’s media

       Gender issues in children’s 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 expenses.


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 presenter’s 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 ‘Children & Media Conference’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at [log in to unmask]



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