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CALL FOR PAPERS - Radio evolution: technology, contents, audiences - ECREA 2011 Radio Research Section


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Throughout its history, radio has been undergoing constant transformations. Perhaps this is why it has survived the changes of the political and economic environments, has taken advantage of technological advances, and has adapted to transformations in listening modes. Regardless of whether they have been accidental or intentional, voluntary or forced, these changes have clearly resulted in the evolution of radio being a continuous and lasting process.


CALL FOR PAPERS - Radio evolution: technology, contents, audiences - ECREA 2011 Radio Research Section
A true revolution is actually taking place in radio technology. The transition from analogue technology to digital technology and, most recently, to Internet, with software as the key tool, have been the major changes in radio in recent years. Radio is evolving itself from a purely mass medium into a personalized, interactive medium whose diversified programming is available “’on demand’”.
On the other hand, a profound transfiguration is occurring in radio contents. In fact, radio is also changing in terms of content, language, and narratives. Shaping audio messages to fit the web environment is a challenge that demands reflection on the changes that are occurring in the discursive characteristics of sound messages. The reconfiguration of radio narrative idiosyncrasy is therefore becoming one of the most serious impasses for the future of this medium.
 
Finally, and resulting of the fusion of technology and the renewal of narratives, a diversification and dispersion is occurring within radio audiences. In fact, following the trend of many other sectors of social life, radio listeners are leaving the mass community they used to be a part of to join smaller groups of interest. Fragmentation seems to be the phenomenon here that better characterizes radio audiences in a post-technological context.
Technology, narratives, and audiences are the three main axes proposed for the theorizing exercise of this congress. There will be blocks specifically dedicated to each of these spheres, where six thematic panels will be organized within each one. For this reason proposals are welcome to fit some specific Working Groups, although no area of study of radio will be excluded. Proposals that don’t fit any of these groups should still be sent because the proposed programme may be re-organized according to the participants’ intentions.
 

Working Groups
Technology 1: Radio Between Web 2.0 Challenge and Social Networks
(This working group welcomes proposals on: the relation between radio and social networks such as Facebook; new technological tools to broadcast or webcast; and new software that can be used to edit and produce audio contents)
 
Technology 2: Towards Industry Imperatives and Multimedia Context
(This working group welcomes proposals regarding the radio market and its challenges; political economy in radio sector; and the professionalization of people working on radio)
 
Audiences 1: New Methods of Radio Audience Research
(This working group is dedicated to those intending to question the audience concept; and to reflect on methodologies concerning audience studies)
 
Audiences 2: Radio Glocalization and New Patterns of Social Participation
(This working group concerns the listener and modes of listening. Papers submitted to this group should focus on the process of individualization proper of all information technologies and current cyberculture context; the apparent contradiction resulting from the confrontation of this individualization and the opposite demand for participation; new competences that all listeners seem to have; new listener’s’ status; new models of radio, such as community radios)
 
Narratives 1: New Radio Genres and Still the Creative Power of the Sound
(This working group includes all genres in radio discourse, from journalism to advertising. It therefore welcomes papers on specific content such as news bulletins and advertising spots. Analysis of radio programs and prognoses on new formats will fit within this working group well.)
 
Narratives 2: Non-Linear Discourse and New Language Practices
(This working group is probably more concerned with linguistic and semiotic approaches. Proposals on the interaction between producers and listeners, the construction of meaning, social imaginary, and the communicative phenomenon of radio are particularly applicable to this panel.)
 
Although this proposal is divided into work packages, papers are welcome on all issues that are currently engaging scholars, radios practitioners, and regulators from other disciplines of social sciences – media studies, cultural studies, political economy, sociology of communication, semiotics, journalism, advertising, and history.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be written in English and should not exceed 500 words. All abstracts will be blind peer reviewed according to the following criteria: originality, relevance, and connection with the thematic of the congress.
In order to facilitate the peer reviewing process, the organizing committee invites participants to use the following format for submission:

-  Email message with the following data in the body of the message:
·         Working group to which the proposal is being submitted
·         TITLE
·         AUTHOR
·         INSTITUTION and COUNTRY
·         Attached PDF File name

-  Attached PDF FILE with the following information (without any identification of the author. Please save your PDF File using a code with three letters
and 6 numbers – ABC123456.pdf, for example):
·  Working group to which the proposal is being submitted (Arial, 10, Italic; Bold; Underlined)
·   TITLE (Arial, 14, Bold, Centre)
·   TEXT (Arial, 11, 1,5 spacing, no tabs, left or justified alignment)

Deadline
Proposals may be submitted until April 15, 2011 to the following email address: papers.radioevolution@gmail.com. A confirmation message will be sent back. If you do not receive this confirmation message, please contact one of the organizers: madalena.oliveira@ics.uminho.pt or stanislaw@ics.uminho.pt   
Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15, 2011.
Full papers are due July 31, 2011. The organizing committee will provide information on the required format later.
An e-Book will be published with all full papers received.

 
Organization:
CECS – Communication and Society Research Centre
University of Minho
Braga | Portugal
 
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Madalena Oliveira
Departamento de Ciências da Comunicação
Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade
Instituto de Ciências Sociais | Universidade do Minho
Communication SciencesDepartment
Communication and Society Research Centre
Institute of Social Sciences | University of Minho
4710-057 Campus de Gualtar - Braga | Portugal

Telefone directo: 253.604295
E-mail: madalena.oliveira@ics.uminho.pt





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