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  • The Conference

    The 2015 WFI Symposium seeks to inaugurate a scholarly conversation on the future and present of the discipline—and, specifically, how Communication/Media Studies and Postcolonial Studies can mutually inform each other in the advancement of social justice projects. Read More

  • Program & Speakers

    In addition to panels of competitively-selected papers from emerging and established scholars, the conference will feature three keynote speakers (Arjun Appadurai; Inderpal Grewal; Ravi Sundaram) and fifteen plenary speakers addressing the key themes of the conference. Read More

  • Registration & Submission

    We welcome proposals from scholars, activists, and researchers from various parts of the world that demonstrate an engagement with the field of postcolonial studies and communication/media studies. Submissions are due by a new deadline of September 15, 2014. Registration opens November 2014. Read More

Conference Abstract

The organizers of Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations invite proposals from scholars who employ postcolonial frameworks to study various communication and media phenomena—including their embedded-ness in various logics of transnationality. We are interested in exploring how communication/media scholarship, with its varied rich perspectives, may make contributions to broad field of postcolonial studies by foregrounding the importance of communication/media frameworks for understanding colonial cultures, and transnational relations. At the same time we recognize that many of the core concepts and assumptions in the fields of Communication and Media Studies are rooted in Western/Northern exclusionary intellectual frameworks. Thus, we wish to explore how postcolonial analytical frameworks may productively enrich our understandings of various communication and media phenomena and enable us to decolonize normative frameworks in the field so as to be responsive to various struggles engendered by contemporary (and past) post/colonial logics.