Call for papers-AUSACE

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS, POSTERS

The Media Program at the American University of Beirut is delighted to host the 16th annual international conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE), October 28-31, 2011. This year’s Conference theme is Digital and Media Literacy: New Directions.

Mobile phones, blogs, online social networks, wikis, user-generated news, and a plethora of ubiquitous digital media have facilitated access to information; allowed people from around the globe to connect; offered enormous potential for communication about, from, and among civil society groups, democracy advocates, and political activists; and presented new possibilities for national development projects and political change.

But the potential of digital media diffusion cannot be realized if people lack the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media content. Increasingly, digital literacy and media literacy are viewed as agents for the acquisition of such skills and knowledge, and as essential components for all levels of education and every member of society.

Integrating digital and media literacy into educational curricula and public agendas will help ensure citizens, groups, and institutions are equipped with the essential analytical and communications skills required for success in the 21st century.

AUSACE 2011 conference participants are encouraged to interpret this year’s theme broadly to include new directions for media education, for national development, for democracy, for civil society, and for global engagement. Topics relating to the current events in the Arab world are especially encouraged.

Abstract submissions for research papers, panels, and poster presentations are now open. For details on how to submit please visit the official conference website.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 15, 2011

For questions and to be added to the official conference email list, please email: ausace2011@aub.edu.lb

AUSACE is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Arab-U.S. relations among communication educators and media professionals. AUSACE conferences bring together communication scholars from all around the world to discuss local, national and global issues related to the field.

AUSACE 2011 Conference Chair
Jad Melki, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
+961-1-350-000 Ext. 4380 (Office)
jm39@aub.edu.lb

Online dialogue: UK and Arab world

“We are looking for a motivated group of 13 young people from across the UK, to participate in an exciting new joint project between the British Youth Council and the British Council’s Global Changemakers Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programme, where we are giving you the chance to join other young people from the MENA region in a series of online digital dialogues exploring in depth common issues such as identity, education, health, climate change and more. 

If this sounds like something you are interested in why not apply!
Criteria
You must be…
● Aged between 17 and 25 and resident in the UK.
● Motivated and willing to learn and overcome new challenges.
● Able to commit for 6 months until June 2011.
● Have regular internet access
● Available for an hour a week to check the online Facebook group for updates and to answer any questions posted by other members of the community (this may be more during weeks of dialogue) and to read some resources to prepare you for the dialogue.
As a participant we will give you the opportunity to…
● Develop relationships & explore common issues with young people from the MENA region.
● Get training in facilitation skills and intercultural dialogue.
● Be supported to develop a community action project in partnership with young people from the MENA region.
● Possibly have the chance to attend a Global Changemakers meeting representing young people in the UK.”
For further information, and an application form, see the original posting.