Audiences 2030: Imagining a future for audiences

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Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal
28th and 29th September 2017

End of project conference for the AHRC CEDAR network, in association with Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the Audience and Reception Studies section of ECREA, and YECREA
  • Keynote speakers: Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte, Klaus Bruhn Jensen
  • Highlight Plenary: End of Project launch panel for the CEDAR network’s findings

Conference Fee Bands | options below

  • 70 Euros (with lunch and refreshments)
  • 95 Euros (conference dinner, lunch and refreshments)
  • 35 Euros (non-presenting attendee fee)

At a time of political and socio-cultural flux in Europe, Audiences 2030 brings together researchers taking diverse approaches to researching audiences, to ask what needs (re)doing in the ways in which we research audiences, the ways in with we mobilise theory, and the extent to which we think of future challenges to a rapidly changing field.

Audiences 2030 is the end-of-project conference for CEDAR – the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and will see a highlight plenary from CEDAR launch the outcomes of its unique foresight exercise about the future of audience research in 2030.

The conference will see keynote speeches from Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte and Klaus Bruhn Jensen.

In our call for papers we are particularly keen to see a futuristic outlook – whatever project we speak from, we would like to see it contextualised in contemporary complexities (intellectual, socio-cultural, political), and geared towards future challenges.

Topics in our CFP include but are not restricted to – EU politics, democracy and media audiences Audiences’ new literacies, capabilities and coping strategies with digital media Contemporary political complexities and audience studies Digital interfaces and their implications for ‘audience’ studies Speaking to stakeholders in audience research Race, class, gender and religion in audience studies Youthful audiences Invisible, marginalised and under researched audiences Social action, movements and audiences Co-option of audience labour Audiences, media regulation and media policy New forms of media engagement.

The role of texts in contemporary audience research Cross-media audiences Methodological and theoretical innovations.

For each of this (or indeed, other topics), we particularly welcome papers thinking about the future, including socio-political challenges, anticipated technological changes and implications for research. Our conference also includes a workshop or PhD students co-hosted by YECREA.

The last date for submissions is 30th March 2017. We plan to announce results by 15th May 2017.

Ranjana Das (Director, CEDAR; Chair: ARS section of ECREA), Brita Ytre-Arne (Co-Director, CEDAR), David Mathieu (Vice-Chair ARS secTimon of ECREA) and Anna Zsubori (YECREA representative)

Local Organising Comittee: Ana Jorge (Universidade Católica Portuguesa) and Inês Amaral (Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa)

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