CFP: Conflict, Trauma and the Media Conference

Journalism Department, Liverpool Screen School.
Liverpool John Moores University.
March 31, 2016

Closing date for proposals: December 1, 2015

Papers are invited for a one-day conference on the theme of conflict, community and representation in the media. The conference is being held to herald the 75th anniversary of Liverpool’s May Blitz (see image above), when 1,800 people were killed in one week of bombing. The conference intends to explore the consequences of such onslaughts and asks the question: what is the media’€™s role in times of conflict?

We welcome paper proposals on press, radio, television, film, and new media of all eras and nationalities, shedding new light on longstanding or recent topics. A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in either a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or an edited book.

Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):

  • Conflict and conflict reporting
  • Trauma narratives and representation
  • Propaganda
  • Censorship
  • Transnational collaboration and conflict
  • Media as political and social discourse
  • Genre-based inquiry
  • Media representation of terrorism
  • Production and Reception Histories

Proposals for papers should be sent to Dr Guy Hodgson:

Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address).

We anticipate sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of questions / discussion).

Closing date for proposals:  December 1, 2015. You will be notified of the acceptance of your paper by December 18, 2015.

In order to encourage a wide-range of papers, there will be no conference fee and lunch will be provided.