CFP: Hybridity and the News: Hybrid Forms of Journalism in the 21st Century


Hybridity and the News: Hybrid Forms of Journalism in the 21st Century

4-5 December 2014
Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies – Brussels Platform for Journalism
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2014

Plenary speakers
Geoffrey Baym (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
Ian Hutchby (University of Leicester)

The essence of journalism has never been easy to define, but in the 21st century hybrid forms of
news and current affairs journalism seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Therefore, this
conference wants to explore different types and aspects of hybridity, not only related to the content
that is conveyed, but also to the forms and genres that are applied, and to the practices of creating
and experiencing journalism. Several authors have argued that the conventional boundaries between
news and entertainment, between public affairs and popular culture, and between factual and
fictional modes, have become increasingly porous. Moreover, mainstream media have long lost their
monopoly on the news and journalists have integrated the information exchange of the social media
in their daily routines. Many journalists do not want to be dependent on news managers and editors
and start their own news initiatives.

This conference aims to question narrow, uniform conceptions of journalism, and to move beyond
traditional binary oppositions between hard and soft news, (rational) knowledge and (emotional)
experience, objectivity and subjectivity, the sober and the ludic, expert and non-expert, or fact and
fiction, which have stifled the debate on the implications of journalism’s multiple and ever-changing
faces. In doing so, we want to walk the thin line between journalism and entertainment, journalism
and literature, journalism and advertising, and follow the journalists’ wanderings and ponderings in
defining their course and their identity in the changing media world. The role of social media and
alternative media in this process will be a special point of interest.

Inspirational literature:

Baym, Geoffrey (2009). ‘Real News/Fake News: Beyond the News/Entertainment Divide’ in Allan, S. (ed.) The
Routledge Companion to News and Journalism Studies, New York: Routledge, 374-383.
Hutchby, Ian (2011). ‘Doing Non-neutral: Belligerent Interaction in the Hybrid Political Interview’, in Ekstrom,
M. and Patrona, M. (eds.) Talking Politics in the Broadcast Media, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 115-134.

Our institute is part of a linguistics department but we welcome submissions from all relevant
disciplinary backgrounds approaching topics including but certainly not limited to:

· hybrid forms and hybrid genres (e.g. the hybrid political interview, confessional journalism,
graphic journalism, fake news and hoaxes, docufictions)
· the borderline between entertainment and journalism (e.g. satire, humor and irony,
· the borderline between literature and journalism (e.g. literary journalism, storytelling)
· the borderline between advertising and journalism (e.g. lifestyle journalism, advertorials)
· social media and journalism
· alternative vs. mainstream media

All papers will be published in the electronic proceedings of the conference and we are planning to
publish a selection of the papers in a volume and/or a special issue.
As there will be separate panel sessions for PhD students, novice researchers are also invited to

The venue for the conference will be the campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), located 20 minutes by train from the city centre.

Conference fee (including pre-conference reception, lunch, coffee):
€ 100 (regular participants), € 50 (PhD students).
Dinner will be organized on Friday 5 December and charged separately.

Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words together with a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2014. Decisions will be announced by 15 August. Questions about
any aspect of the conference should be addressed to

CFP Workshop Re-Imagining (the) Olympics

Deadline:  28 June

Workshop: Re-Imagining (the) Olympics
Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Participation

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are a globalised phenomenon. The Games are a multi-billion dollar industry, a mega event, a showcase for professionalism and internationalisation; yet, also, these events have changed significantly from the origins of the modern Olympic movement in the nineteenth century, in which ideologies of amateurism, nationalism and masculinity played a strong part. The modern Olympic Games of today, and those of 1896, are in turn shaped by myths and historical debates about the meaning and purpose of the original, ancient Olympic Games. Those debates help people understand the importance or otherwise of the Olympic Ideal, and contribute to the reimagining of the Games and the Olympics – past, present and future. This workshop will bring together practitioners involved in the modern-day events to reflect on their experiences alongside academics interested in the history, philosophy, sociology and aesthetics of the Olympics.

This workshop will follow the principles and aims of Inter-Disciplinary.Net (IDN). IDN was set up to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss research, ideas, good practice and best practice: to help individuals to think critically and think with an inter-disciplinary lens. This workshop intends to bring people involved in working on the meaning and purpose of the Olympics together, whether they are academics or practitioners, dedicated supporters or strong critics, to share ideas and to try to solve some of the issues the movement faces as it develops into the twenty-first century.

To bring together practitioners and academics to look at how the Olympic movement has developed, the re-imagining of Olympism, and the problems and challenges facing the Olympics movement – and the opportunities

Development Officers and Managers from any relevant NGB/IGB organisations Staff from previous bidding organisations Campaigners Academics

The use of the ancient Olympics in modern history Modern Olympics histories Olympics as Aesthetics The Olympic Philosophy Amateurism and Professionalism The Olympics Industry Mega-events management and policy Globalization and Internationalization Counter-Olympic campaigns Olympic bidding. What is its future? Olympics and sustainability. What are the economic, social and environmental implications for the Olympic Movement?

We invite expressions of interest for people thinking of attending and for them to send a statement of their interest and experience/expertise and/or an abstract to the organising chairs by Friday 27th June 2014 – abstracts will be considered for sessions and individual papers, but you can attend without delivering a paper (unlike Sport 3):

Karl Spracklen: <>
Rob Fisher: <>

The day will begin with registration between 8.30 am and 9.30am Tuesday 2nd September 2014 and will be followed by a series of presentation sessions and workshops. Refreshments and a 2 course sit-down lunch will be provided. After the final workshop and summation of the days discussions and the event will end with a wine reception.

Registration Fee: 95GBP. This Includes:
-conference registration fee
-discounted rate off any Inter-Disciplinary Press or Fisher Imprints publications -access to the conference project initiative support materials -morning coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes
-2 course waiter served lunch
-afternoon coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes -Wine Reception
Karl Spracklen: Leeds Metropolitan University Rob Fisher: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Organising Committee:
Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Canterbury Christ Church University Anne-Marie Cook, Inter-Disciplinary.Net Stephen Wagg, Leeds Metropolitan University

One Century of Record Labels – Mapping places, stories and communities of sound


International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
November 6th – 7th 2014
Keynote: Dr Pete Dale (Slampt Records, Manchester Metropolitan University)

This two-day interdisciplinary conference will expose, question and celebrate the enduring role of independent and commercial record labels in the construction of musical patrimony, from the early days of the record industry to the present. Record labels have traditionally functioned as organs of representation (replicating for instance racial stereotypes), codification (setting genres and trends), as well as emancipation (allowing for marginal trends, voices and groups of artists to emerge). They exist at the intersection of the public and the personal, capturing the collective imagination as well as the private fascination of the collector. They occupy different spaces and scales, from internationally influential, legendary record labels (Stax, Motown, or Columbia) to more obscure, bedroom-run, non-commercial labels (Sarah Records, Musical Traditions Records). The aim of the conference is to gather a variety of perspectives on the past and present legacy of record labels, and to examine their changing status and relevance in an age of increasing dematerialisation.

While this conference should be of interest to researchers in popular music studies, we particularly encourage contributions from within the fields of musicology, cultural studies, media studies, and sociology.

Papers could address (but are not limited to) the following aspects:

–        Record labels, race and gender. Representations of minorities through records (for instance, early American ‘race records’ or ‘ethnic records’). The role of record labels in colonialism and post-colonial development.
–        Record labels, resistance and subculture. The politics of DIY, non-commercial, micro-record labels, which are especially relevant in subcultural scenes such as punk, hardcore, rap, hip hop and twee pop.
–        Record labels, consumption and geography. Local, national, transnational and globalised identities. Audio tourism and the commodification of cultural difference.
–        The sonic iconicity of record labels and associated studios/producers (Sun, Motown, Chess). The linked histories of audiences, record labels and record production.
–        The material culture of record labels and ‘gramomania’ (Katz). Fans, collectors and personal archives. Lost record labels and their subsequent revivals, through practices of vinyl archaeology, collecting, curating and reissuing. The visual iconography of labels, cover-art and liners note as paratext (also digital metadata or downloadable supplementary visual/textual content).
–        Historiographical perspectives. How have record labels impacted the creation of musical canons? The many ways in which labels have organised musical production; the construction and contestation of normative production practices and codes.
–        How labels mediate ideologies of musical creativity/talent.
–        Representations of record labels in the media.
–        Record labels in the digital age. MP3 labels, netlabels and the use of technological platforms such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud or YouTube.

A selection of papers will be included in an edited book or journal.

Proposals for individual papers (thirty minutes including discussion) and for panels (up to one hour) will be considered. Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be submitted to with a short biographical note. Proposals for panels should also include an abstract for each individual paper.

The deadline for submissions is 4th July 2014. Selected speakers will be notified by the first week of August.

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