Call for Papers

Conference begins Friday afternoon October 19, and ends on Sunday, October 21.

The purpose of the Global Fusion Conference series, which began in 2000, is to promote academic excellence in global media and international communication studies.  The conference is sponsored by a consortium of universities: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University, Southern Illinois University, Temple University and the University of Virginia.

Call for papers:

We invite original, unpublished research submissions on any aspect of global media, transnational media flows, or international aspects of communication. Any theoretical or methodological approach appropriate to communication and media studies research is acceptable and encouraged. These approaches may include research on social justice and media, issues of new technologies and communities, representation of global or transnational issues, qualitative or quantitative studies of global media flows, the connections between communication and immigrant populations, the effects of social media in political systems and institutions, messaging techniques and strategies for health communication in global settings, investigations on media policy and law in global or international settings, infrastructural challenges for media and development, research concerning the philosophy of globalization and media, and approaches engaging the rise of anti-globalization around the world and in the United States.

Submission instructions:

Individual papers: Proposals may be submitted in the form of 300-400 word abstracts. The submission webpage will also request that you provide a paper title, the names of all authors, and contact information for the submitter (affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address). For blind review, no identifying information should appear on the abstract.

Panels: Please submit a panel abstract of 300-400 words, and 50-100 word abstracts for each included paper. The submission webpage will also request that you provide a title for the panel, and the names of all authors along with their paper titles, as well as contact information for the submitter. For blind review, no identifying information should appear on the panel proposal.

Submission results for both individual and panel proposals have been made available as of July 9, 2018.


At least one author of an accepted faculty paper must attend the conference to present the paper. If student authors cannot be present, they must make arrangements for the paper to be presented.

Awards: The Global Fusion conference offers a graduate student competition award. To be considered for an award, a full paper must be submitted by August 2, 2018, and must be marked on the title page as being a submission for the competition. Papers submitted with both faculty and student authors will be considered faculty papers and are not eligible for graduate student competitions.

Hosted by the Department of Media Studies

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

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