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Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2018 Conference – call for papers



A Call for Papers has been issued for the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2018 Feature Conference and Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook 2018.

The conference will be held on 24-25 October 2018 in Kaunas, Lithuania, as part of Global MIL Week (24 to 31 October). The theme of this year’s conference is “Media and Information Literate Cities: Voices, Powers and Change Makers.

The conference is supported by UNESCO, UNAOC, the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network, the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnership on MIL (GAPMIL), in partnership with local hosts Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and University of Latvia (Latvia).

Proposals for academic papers and case study/project-related presentations are invited. They should be 500 words including references, plus a short biography of each author. The deadline is 30 May 2018,  and the proposal should be submitted via the event website.

Selected authors will be invited to present at the conference (which is free, but you need to cover your own expenses) and some selected authors will also be invited to submit full versions of their papers for publication in the MILID Yearbook 2018 (deadline for full papers 31 August 2018).

“Global MIL Week 2018 will address the concept of MIL Cities and citizens at their heart. … Topics for papers and presentations should be within the fields of MIL and their connection to MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people. … Submissions could be about MIL-related research, good practice,
programmes, policies and other work. We are particularly interested in the multiple literacies and stakeholders, youth critical civic engagement, creative and sustainable cities, voter education, informed citizenry and online participation, freedom of expression, media pluralism, diversity, dialogue, and tolerance.”

The themes to be addressed are: MIL Cities as creative and engaged communities for the sustainable development goals; MIL enabling civic engagement in city elections; Uniting power: Roles and responsibilities of key city actors in MIL (policymakers, educators, civil society organisations, academics); MIL relevant industries as change makers for MIL cities (communication agencies, media outlets, technological intermediaries, film industries, gaming sector, content industries, etc.); Engagement in MIL movement as corporate social responsibility; Training and capacity-building for future MIL cities; Public policy discourses in MIL, algorithm, and automation in journalism and media production; Youth, social media activism, and change makers; MIL and news in the era of algorithms; Defining identities, privacy management, crime and cyber-bullying in the (dis)connecting digital universe; Programming, artificial intelligence, surveillance, and virtual reality: Strengthening impact
of digital environments with MIL; Hate speech and radicalisation in public space; Propaganda, misinformation/disinformation, and persuasive technologies; Cultural and linguistic barriers to
communication: MIL enabling contact between people on and off the web; MIL to build smart, secure, tolerant, and socially inclusive cities; Revitalising city libraries, museums, and archives through creative MIL actions; Let the voices be heard: empowering active, resilient, engaged communities through MIL; MIL in the workplace; MIL partnerships for education; Evolution of peoples’ information needs throughout their lives in cities; Better city governance: MIL as e-governance participation and learning; MIL as a tool to build trust in media in cities; Using MIL to bridge cultural industries with grassroots city life; MIL as “stoplights” in cities: Meaning-making in music; Imagining city transportation and healthcare systems that stimulate MIL education; Stimulating entrepreneurship in cities through MIL; Theorizing MIL cities with a people’s focus: Reflections on the Five Laws of MIL.

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