[Deadline Extended] CFP: 2021 ISEAMS Virtual Conference

The 2021 International Southeast Asian Media Studies Virtual Conference

Southeast Asian Media Studies:
Histories, States, Theories, and Futures

February 25-27, 2021


Media studies as an academic discipline is at a critical juncture on its development in the region. An interdisciplinary look on the history of Southeast Asia reveals that centuries before the idea of ASEAN integration was conceptualized, our precolonial ancestors have already established political, economic, and commercial linkages. From the Western colonial upbringing of print media and the silver screen, media practitioners have since then localized and innovated broadcast, online, and social media content to the tastes of its regional audience. Following the advent of the Internet, inter-country media consumption increased dramatically as content became accessible to the greater public. These progresses enabled media studies scholars to theorize on the political, cultural, social, economic, and linguistic issues that affect media production and consumption in the region.

The media studies scholarship landscape in Southeast Asia features an uneven development. As such, there is a lack of collaboration and discussions on the histories, states, theories, and futures of the field in Southeast Asia. The inaugural conference of the Southeast Asian Media Studies Association endeavors to convene academics, researchers, practitioners, students, and interested individuals and start a regional dialogue on the collective experiences and development of our academic discipline. In addition, the conference will enrich the relatively uncultivated subfields of comparative and inter-country media studies. This meeting welcomes presenters and participants from diverse schools of thought, backgrounds, cultures, and languages.

The sub-themes of abstract submissions include but are not limited to:

  • Southeast Asian media during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Current and emerging media theories in and about the mass media;
  • Critical reviews (meta-analysis) of studies in and about the mass media;
  • Methodological issues in media studies;
  • Interdisciplinary and comparative studies in Southeast Asian media;
  • Critical Histories of media industries;
  • Political economy of media: business, ownership, control, and programming;
  • Media, information, and news literacies;
  • Media education and pedagogy;
  • Audience and fandom studies;
  • Media convergence, technologies, and processes;
  • Media trends, futures, and directions;
  • Media cultures: Mainstream, popular, regional, local, glocal, and indigenous practices
  • Multilingualism in media studies;
  • Media, gender, sexuality, and identities;
  • Ecomedia in Southeast Asia;
  • Diaspora and transnationalization of media studies;
  • Discourses in press and media freedom in Southeast Asia;
  • Media law and ethics

Conference Dates and Venue:
The conference will be on February 25-27, 2021 virtually through the Zoom online meeting platform.

Research Presentation Submissions:

  • Individual submissions
    Research presenters must submit an abstract containing 150-200 words, 3-5 keywords, and the name of the author(s), their institutional affiliation(s), and their email address(es). The conference expects that the abstracts submitted are from original works that have not been submitted for publication. All submissions should be in English. To submit an individual submission, use this Google Form: https://forms.gle/Ypsot1P5m8tFeVuV7

  • Panel submissions
    Panel submissions must be composed of 5 individual presentations. Panel moderators must submit the proposed title of the panel, the list of paper titles, and its abstracts (following the same instructions as above). The names of authors and their affiliations must also be included. To submit a panel submission, use this Google Form: https://forms.gle/1U9HdqNW9vs58e9a6.

    We encourage all submissions to include a translation of their presentations’ title and abstract in their respective Southeast Asian languages, all of which will be included in the conference proceedings. 
  • Modes of Presentation
    The 2021 ISEAMS Inaugural Conference will have two modes of presentation for the paper presenters: (A) live online presentation and (B) pre-recorded presentation.
  1. Guidelines for the live online paper presentation
    1. The live paper presentations will take place in the assigned Zoom breakout rooms for the panel discussions. You are expected to use the email that you will be providing in the registration as it will be used as the basis for the assignment of breakout sessions.
    2. Please ensure that you have a good internet connection during your presentation.
    3. Prior to the formal start of the panel, please check if your microphone, camera, and screen-sharing features are working properly.
  2. Guidelines for the pre-recorded presentation
    1. The video duration must not exceed 15 minutes (the same limit as the conference’s live paper presentation).
    2. Please ensure that the video you will be providing must be of high definition. It should be in .MP4 format.
    3. Please ensure that the audio of the video you will be providing is clear. Showing your face will be optional, although it is encouraged for a virtual engagement with the audience.
    4. Please upload the video to a cloud storage platform such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Make it available for download and send the link to iseams2021secretariat@gmail.com by February 19, 2021.
    5. The pre-recorded paper presentations will be uploaded in the official YouTube channel of the Southeast Asian Media Studies Association. Information regarding the pre-recorded presentations will be announced during the conference and the audience will be encouraged to ask questions and give feedback in the comment section of each video. As such, presenters are highly encouraged to answer any feedback their video receives.

Registration Information:
The 2021 ISEAMS Virtual Conference registration will be from January 4 – 29, 2021. Further information with regard to it and the registration form will be available on January 4, 2021.

Dates to Remember:

  • Deadline for the submission of abstracts: December 7, 2020 DECEMBER 30, 2020
  • Notification of results: December 30, 2020 1ST OR 2ND WEEK OF JANUARY, 2021
  • Conference registration (presenters and participants): January 4 – February 15, 2021
  • Deadline of registration payment: February 15, 2021
  • Deadline for the recorded research presentation: February 19, 2021 
  • Release of digital conference program/kit: February 19, 2021
  • 2021 Inaugural Conference: February 25-27, 2021
  • Deadline for full papers for the SEAMS journal: To be announced during the conference

Registration Fees (Both for Research Presenters and Participants):

  • For academics, independent scholars, and non-student participants: USD 30
  • For current SEAMSA members, undergraduate, and graduate students: USD 20

    The digital conference kit for the presenters and participants will contain the conference proceedings, the certificate of participation/attendance, and a one-year membership to the Southeast Asian Media Studies Association.

    Current SEAMSA members must present their certificate of membership upon registration. Undergraduate and graduate students must provide proof of enrollment for the current academic term.

    Payment information will be updated here on January 1, 2021.

Publication and Award Opportunities:
All abstract submissions that will be accepted and presented in the conference will be thoroughly reviewed by conference organizers. Several research presenters will then be invited to submit their full papers to the association’s journal Southeast Asian Media Studies. Selected papers will be published in special issues in 2021 and 2022. Moreover, three presentations will be selected by the conference organizers to receive a certificate for the Best Paper Presentation Award.

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