Vancouver summer program

International Joint Summer School
Communication and Global Power Shifts
Vancouver, Canada, June 3-14, 2013

Hosted by:
The School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
The National Centre for Radio & Television Studies, Communication University of China
The Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster
The School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

What Is The Summer School About?
The School offers short and intensive courses on media and communication issues of contemporary relevance. Faculty members from sponsoring institutions, along with other invited international scholars, will deliver lectures and lead discussions on topics related to their own research. The atmosphere of the School is informal and inviting. Students are encouraged to participate fully in all discussions with both faculty and their fellow students. Since its inception in 2009, the campus of the Communication University of China in Beijing has been the site of this School. This year, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is pleased to host the Summer School at its downtown Vancouver campus, in conjunction with an international conference in celebration of the School of Communication’s 40th anniversary.

The 2013 Summer School Topic
Building upon SFU’s School of Communication’s 40th anniversary international conference on Communication and Global Power Shifts, June 7 – 9, 2013, the Summer School examines the mutually constitutive relationships between rapidly transforming global communication systems and shifting structures of global political economic and cultural power. Competing claims of global power shifts are analyzed from the multidimensional perspectives of political economy and policy, critical cultural analysis, and technology and society studies, as well as through critical categories such as empire, class, nation, race, and gender. Lecture topics, which build up and extend conference topics, include but are not limited to:
*      Historical and theoretical analysis of communication and global power shifts
*      Continuities and changes in the dynamics of global communications, with specific attention to South-South and/or intra-regional communication and cultural flows
*      Foreclosures and opportunities for a more just global communication order in areas such as Internet governance regimes, social movement media, and communication rights
*      Continuing relevance of the ‘audience commodity’ to current debates about digital labor power and struggles
*      Decolonization of the foundations of knowledge-power and engagement with alternative epistemologies
*      Constraints, challenges and opportunities in communication for ecological sustainability

In addition to lecturers from the four sponsoring institutions (Enda Brophy, Robert Hackett, Zhengrong Hu, Dal Yong Jin, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Katherine Reilly, Robert Prey, Xin Xin, and Yuezhi Zhao), other confirmed Summer School presenters include Yahya R. Kamalipour, Richard Maxwell, Kaarle Nordenstreng, B. P. Sanjay, Dan Schiller, and Raka Shome. The conference keynote speaker is Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, and plenary panelists are Mark Andrejevic, Glen Coulthard, Guillermo Mastrini, Richard Maxwell, Raka Shome, Audra Simpson, and Dolores van der Wey.

How Will The Summer School Be Organized?
The School will take place at Harbour Centre, part of the Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus. Harbour Centre is located at 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver’s downtown core and is well served by public transport, a food court, and other amenities. There will be 12 days of lectures, seminars, conference sessions and ample time for informal meetings, leisure and tourism. The working language of the Summer School will be English. With the possible exception of SFU students and Canadian students whose institution is covered by the Western Canada Dean’s Agreement regarding credit recognition, the Summer School will not be able to offer formal course credits to participants. However, the organizers will issue certificates of completion to those participants who require them.

Who Can Attend The Summer School?
The School is open to anyone with a genuine interest in the current state of global communication. Participants may or may not present a paper at the conference. However, those who do not present a paper at the conference must be able to present a paper on a topic of their own choice at the Summer School. Apart from that requirement, there are no restrictions on age, status or nationality, but the organizers believe that the School will be particularly valuable to doctoral students and junior scholars.

How Much Will The Summer School Cost?
Attendees need to cover their own costs for air fare and other travel expenses.  The Summer School does not charge any registration or tuition fee. In order to attend the Summer School, all participants will have to register for the June 7-9 SFU conference and pay the conference registration fee (the faculty rate is Can. $285 plus taxes; the student rate is Can. $75 plus taxes). Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation. They may also consult the “Communication and Global Power Shifts” website for useful hotel information.

How Can I Apply To Attend the Summer School?
A copy of the application form is here.
Please note that registration for the June 7-9 SFU School of Communication conference “Communication and Global Power Shifts” and the Summer School are handled separately. Those who wish to both present a paper at the conference and participate at the Summer School will need to submit separate applications. Paper proposals for the June 7-9 conference should be submitted tocmns40 AT by February 15, 2013. SFU School of Communication’s conference organizing committee will evaluate paper proposals and be responsible for conference related correspondences.

All applications for the Summer School will be handled by the Summer School Secretariat and completed forms should be sent to bjss2009 AT We welcome other supporting documents, such as a CV, a personal statement, a detailed research proposal or an academic paper, which will be helpful for the organizers to evaluate your application.  The organizers will, on request, provide the necessary letters and any other necessary documentation for the purposes of issuing visas to foreign visitors.
The Summer School application deadline is April 1st 2013. If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to contact either Ms. Birgit Schroeder (cmns40 AT or Dr. JI Deqiang (bjss2009 AT

2013 International Joint Summer School Application Form
1. Name
2. Nationality
3. Institutional Affiliation
4. Position
5. Contact: Address, Telephone, Email
6. Research Topic
7. Abstract (No More than 300 words)