De-Westernizing Global Media Studies: Bridging Disciplinary, National, and Regional Divides for a More Inclusive and Decolonized Future – Deadline Oct 23

PhD research webinar:
De-Westernizing Global Media Studies: Bridging Disciplinary, National,
and Regional Divides for a More Inclusive and Decolonized Future

The IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar on “De-Westernizing Global
Media Studies” aims to challenge the field’s Western-centric bias and
pave the way for a more inclusive future. Scheduled for 12 December
2023, the event will explore strategies to diversify perspectives and
foster global collaboration. With applications open until October 20,
doctoral students, particularly those focusing on the Global South, are
encouraged to participate.

IAMCR invites applications for the IAMCR Presidential PhD Research
Webinar on “De-Westernizing Global Media Studies: Bridging Disciplinary,
National, and Regional Divides for a More Inclusive and Decolonized
Future” to be held 12 December 2023. Applications will be received until
20 October 2023.

This PhD webinar will investigate how media studies can progress towards
a more inclusive and decolonised future by promoting the incorporation
of diverse perspectives and theories from various disciplinary,
national, and regional contexts. It will investigate how the historical
dominance of Western perspectives and theories in shaping the discipline
has led to a dearth of diversity and inclusion.

The webinar will examine potential strategies for de-Westernizing global
media studies, such as promoting the incorporation of non-Western
perspectives and theories and reconsidering the role of Western theories
and approaches in shaping the field. In addition, it will investigate
how to create more equitable and inclusive collaborations across
disciplinary, national, and regional boundaries, as well as the
challenges and opportunities associated with such collaborations.

This webinar could not be timelier given that two major academic
organisations in the field—the Asian Media Information and Communication
Centre (AMIC) and the International Association for Media and
Communication Research (IAMCR)—are scheduled to hold conferences on the
subject of decolonisation and intercultural dialogue in media and
communication studies in Bandung, Indonesia in September 2023 and
Christchurch, New Zealand in July 2024, respectively. Doctoral students
researching Global South topics or case studies and who are IAMCR
members are especially encouraged to apply.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

* The legacy of Western dominance in communication and media studies and
its implications for diversity and representation.
* Strategies for incorporating non-Western theories and perspectives
into global communication and media studies.
* Re-evaluating the role of Western theories in shaping the field and
their relevance in a contemporary, global context.
* Fostering collaborations that span disciplinary, national, and
regional boundaries for more inclusive research.
* Challenges and opportunities in cross-cultural collaborations within
communication and media studies.
* Amplifying Global South voices and case studies in media research.
* Exploring the relationship between decolonisation, intercultural
dialogue, and media and communication studies

How to apply

To submit your paper to present in the webinar, download and complete
the application form and send it to Karl Patrick R. Mendoza
(karl.mendoza @, one of the co-convenors of the
webinar, and also Mazlum Kemal Dağdelen (mazlum @, the
assistant of Nico Carpentier, IAMCR president, with the subject “IAMCR
Presidential PhD Research Webinar: {title of your paper proposal}” by 20
October 2023. If there are several presenters, each should fill in an
individual application form and send all the forms in one email.

Please note that only IAMCR member PhD students are eligible to present
in the IAMCR Presidential PhD Research Webinar.


-Deadline for applications – 20 October 2023
-Announcement of the results – 06 November 2023
-Submission of the final presentations (and a brief note on the
research) – 01 December 2023
-Webinar date – 12 December 2023 at 09h00 UTC

Download the application form:

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