Global Fusion

UT Austin is hosting the Global Fusion conference this October. The theme of the conference is “New Directions in Global Media and International Communication.” The Digital Media Program encourages communication and media studies scholars to submit papers or proposals to by the July 1 deadline. The conference will take place October 16-18, 2009.

The full text of the call is below.

GLOBAL FUSION 2009: A Global Media and Communication Conference

The Purpose of the Global Fusion Conference Series is to promote academic excellence in global media and international communication studies. These conferences bring together scholars and professionals interested in media and communication in global contexts.

This year’s conference theme is “New Directions in Global Media and International Communication.” Submissions on this theme are preferred, but proposals for conference panels and papers may be on any topic related to global media and international communication.

The conference will be held at the University of Texas at Austin, October 16-18, 2009.

The conference series is sponsored by a consortium of schools including the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University and Southern Illinois University. The organizing committee members are professors Joseph Straubhaar, Karin Wilkins and Shanti Kumar in the Radio-Television-Film Department, College of Communication, UT.

The Global Fusions conference will immediately follow a short conference on New Agendas in Global Media Research, October 15-16, at UT with invited speakers. Global Fusion participants are encouraged to attend. Details will follow.


Submissions for Global Fusion 2009 are due by 1 July 2009. Submissions can be in three formats: 1) full papers, 2) abstracts, or 3) panel proposals. Full papers (not to exceed 30 pages, including references) are eligible for awards, based on peer-reviewed competition. Abstracts are limited to 200 words. Panel proposals should include names and titles of all involved, an abstract for the panel and for each presentation.

Please send papers and proposals to Please attach papers in Word (not .docx) or. rtf format. Or mail to Global Fusion papers, care of Joseph Straubhaar, RTF Dept., CMA 6.118, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78735.

There will be awards for paper competition winners, based on peer review.

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