AMCAP Conference 2019
Media Education in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities
Ever changing technology is constantly altering the media landscape all over the world. One
cannot avoid the impact of technology in every sphere of life including media education and
practices; posing new challenges to its symbiotic relationship. On the one hand, there are high
expectations from the new means of communication, on the other hand, there is an increasing
skepticism due to monopolies of the corporate world. The increase in the media education
institutions and media outlets throughout the world, indicate that the landscape is full of
challenges and opportunities. A need in media education to identify and conceptualize the
challenges, formulate appropriate policies, devise effective strategies, and utilize available
resources to convert the challenges into opportunities is increasing day by day.
In an integrative spirit, through dialogue and deliberations with all the stakeholders, the AMCAP
International Conference 2019 aims to collectively produce content to serve as a guideline in
media education to develop it both as a social science discipline and as a professional degree.
The conference is being organized to promote cooperation in academic education and research
in the field of Media Education, by the Association of Media & Communication Academic
Professionals (AMCAP), Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)
and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
Though the challenges to media education are numerous this conference focuses on three
themes. First theme of the conference address how new media has changed the traditional
media landscape across the world and how we need to fully conceptualize and incorporate these
challenges in our media education. Scholars are still grappling with the emerging scenario, new
media theories, and models, relevant research methods, compatible skills to explore the
opportunities in the cyber world.
The second theme of the conference focuses on emerging ethical issues in media with an
objective to collectively produce content that can serve as a guideline in media education. The
contemporary world is facing increasing tensions and conflicts across the globe. Though the
communication technology has compressed the time-space distanciation, the world is still
fragmented as we are not consciously bringing common values to work for peace, harmony, and
a common good. Due to corporate world monopolies, regulating media through ethical values is
a great challenge to media education.
Theme three is about conflict communication. Conflict is inevitable in all societies and across
relationships. Conflict is not necessarily a negative scenario; it may lead to positive developments
and constructive environments where communities can actualize their potentials. Conflicts are
of different types which need different communication strategies, approaches, tools, and
measures depending on the context, situation, and expectations. Scholars from different parts of
the world have conceptualized conflict communication in their own perspectives; often reducing
it to binary oppositions, identifying the “other” as an enemy. In conflict communication, there is
a need to perceive the “other” with a different but positive identity.
Following are the key themes and sub-themes proposed for CFP and working group deliberations:
Theme 1: New Media Challenges and Opportunities for Media Education
1: Collapsing of traditional theories
2: Emergence of new theories
3: E-journalism: Points of convergence and divergence
4: Popular genres and content on new media
5: New media and big data
6: New technologies, new research trends
7: Gender and cyber entrepreneurship.
Theme 2: Emerging Ethical Issues in Media: Challenges in Media Education
1: Cyberbullying and harassment
2: Freedom of expression and ethical dilemmas
3: Taming the untamed: Political economy and media ethics
4: Cognitive dissonance and media ethics
5: Infotainment and ethics
6: Reinventing ethics for new media?
Theme 3: Conflict Communication: From Challenges to Opportunities
1: Imagining futures: The ‘other’ not as an enemy
2: Cybersphere, public sphere, private sphere: Pros and cons of conflict communication
3: Gender and conflict communication
4: Citizen journalism and conflict communication
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