Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University

Critical Media Literacy Conference


Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 11.13.24 AMCritical Media Literacy Conference
March 26, 2016
Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA

This multidisciplinary conference is designed to aid current educational leaders, future teachers, youth, and other concerned citizens in their understanding of the mass media and its impact on the events that shape our daily lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential to excavating social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century.

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Critical Media Literacy Registration Costs:

Participant – $100
Late Fee – $120
Graduate Student Fee – $40
Late Graduate Student Fee – $60
On-Site Fee – $115

For special assistance, please request accommodation needs at least 14 working days in advance of the program.

REFUND POLICY: If you cannot attend, substitutions are encouraged. Be sure to notify the registration desk of any substitutions at 1.855.478.5551. A processing fee is charged for all withdrawals. Each program has its own policy regarding the amount of the processing fee and deadlines for requesting a refund. Refunds due to withdrawals will be processed in two to four weeks. If payment was made by cash or check, you will receive your refund in the form of a check. If payment was made by a credit card, your account will be credited. No refunds will be given to registrants who fail to withdraw prior to the beginning of a program.

Exhibitor Info

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*Please note, payment must be received by the deadline date indicated or you will be billed for balance.

$150 – Exhibitor Package (includes beverage break, lunch, (1) 6-foot table with chair)
$50 – Each additional table
$25 – Take one table
$500 – Sponsorship Package (1 free registration, front cover listing on program)

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Theme: Critical Media Literacy in the Age of Neoliberalism

Deadline extended to February 8, 2016!

In an era when global media conglomerates increasingly push for policies that expand their influence over world markets, every field of human activity, including education, is seen as a potential market. This shift has widely been attributed to the rise of neoliberalism, which we contend is not simply a way to classify state policies or a new phase of late capitalism but as Wendy Brown (2015) notes, “a governing rationality extending a specific formulation of economic values, practices, and metrics to every dimension of human life” (p. 30). With the accompanying deregulation of commercial media and communication markets and the proliferation of digital communication technologies, the pedagogical potential of media is profound. The pervasiveness of market ideologies, which have largely become ordinary across the dimensions of human life, intensifies the need for critical media literacies that urgently and critically redefine, redirect, and recreate notions of knowledge, truth, and justice. This multidisciplinary conference seeks educational leaders, future teachers, youth, liberal arts educators, media/communication scholars and others interested in understanding of the mass media and its influence on education and our every day lives. Promoting critical media literacy is essential to exposing social inequalities and fostering participatory democracy during the 21st century.

Toward that end, we enthusiastically call for paper proposals that engage with media in ways that disrupt the normative discourses perpetuated through market logics, promote way of thinking critically about and with digital media culture, and present opportunities for analyzing and interpreting the codes, conventions, and ideologies implicit in our media saturated lives. Paper proposals might address topics such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • How have various technologies employed by corporate conglomerates in the mass media been used to foster critical understanding and solidarity across the globe, rather than to promote conformity and corporatism?
  • How do educators, youth, and concerned citizens provide more genuine representations of global citizens through their own media products including social media?
  • How do teacher educators integrate critical media studies in teacher preparation programs?
  • How do current standards in education promote critical media literacy in schools?
  • What do educators think about as they implement critical media literacy in their PK-12 classrooms?
  • How has media literacy successfully fostered K-20 students’ critical engagement with mass media?
  • How can various critical theories enrich our understanding of the mass media in the age of neoliberalism?
  • What are some ways in which media literacy can be applied to the new demands and concerns of today’s digitized culture?
  • What are the consequences of being constantly connected to media?
  • How do current trends in media shape and change how we live?
  • How do the liberal arts contribute to understandings of media literacy?
  • How does critical media literacy impact media and communications in general?
  • What does a historical analysis of critical media literacy education in the U.S. tell us about current and future trends in critical media literacy education?
  • How might library scientists go about training critical media librarians?

Strand 1: Liberal Arts
Papers in this strand will explore the existing or potential connection between the liberal arts and critical media inquiry.

Strand 2: Educational Foundations
Papers in this strand will explore interpretive, normative, and critical approaches to examining media. Papers that address critical pedagogy in online spaces are also highly desirable.

Strand 3: Curriculum Studies
How does the study of critical media literacy impact the continual reconceptualization of curriculum theory and curriculum studies?

Strand 4:  Critical Media Literacy New Inquiries
Papers in this strand will explore questions and issues related to shifting definitions of literacy, critical media literacy, and potential new intersections of inquiry.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Julie Webber

Julie Webber (-Collins) is professor of Politics and Government and core faculty in Women and Gender Studies. Her main area is political theory (feminist theory, LGBTQI, modern, contemporary and American political theory. Her work ranges from school violence to comedy theory and satire in American Politics. She is currently writing a book on nineteenth century progressives and the upcoming election.

B Historic
320 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Room Rates: $269
Room tax rate: 13%
Reservation cut-off date: 2/24/2016
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Courtyard Marriot
415 West Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Room Rates: $189
Room tax rate: 13%
Reservation cut-off date: 2/25/2016
Embassy Suites
605 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401
Room Rates: $249
Room tax rate: 13%
Reservation cut-off date: 2/24/2016
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Hampton Inn Savannah
603 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401
Room Rates: $229
Room tax rate: 13%
Reservation cut-off date: 02/24/2016
Reserve your hotel stay by visiting us Online or calling Hampton Inn Statesboro at 912.721.1600 and mention that you are part of the Critical Media Literacy room block.
Contact Us

Richardson_MelissaMelissa Richardson
Program Specialist – CEIT, COSM, COE, and Customized/Contract Training
Office: Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Room 1821
Phone: (912) 478-1821


Planning Committee: 

Dr. William Reynolds
Georgia Southern University

Dr. Julie Garlen
Georgia Southern University

Dr. Brad Porfilio
California State East Bay

Last updated: 4/6/2016

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