Regionalism and Globalised Cultures

28-30 July 2004
University of Ulster, Coleraine - Portrush Campus

An international conference on Film, Television and Media Cultures and Policies organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies, and the Center for Media Research, University of Ulster.

This major international conference will explore the relationship between 'global' popular culture and various definitions of 'local' culture. Crucial to an understanding of this relationship is the concept of 'the region' as this has become reconfigured by global economic and cultural forces. Regional cultures exist in relation to and in opposition to dominant national cultures in complex and contradictory ways. National cultures themselves are often posited as regional cultures in opposition to the global and the concept of 'critical regionalism' has been canvassed as a challenge to global conformity. On the other hand, in line with the strategies of multinational corporations more generally, multinational software manufacturers have divided the global market into 'regions' for the purpose of controlling the DVD market. This would suggest that, despite the fact that regional cultures seem to offer alternatives to the global market there appears to be nothing intrinsically challenging or radical in the concept of the region.

The conference will explore the complex and contradictory relationships among the local, the regional, the national and the global and assess the implications for both media representation and local, national and transnational audio-visual policy. Central to discussions will be the concept of comparative film studies and a number of papers will address the rationale and theoretical implications of comparative media research.

Confirmed speakers so far include Toby Miller, John Hill and Paul Willemen.

Conference sessions will include the following themes:



Papers are invited which address any of the themes of the conference but which especially explore:

Abstracts of between 150-200 words should be e-mailed or sent on disk to the address below. The deadline for abstracts is 23 April 2004.

Please note that paper presenters need to register for the conference and pay the registration fee.



Dr Martin McLoone
Centre for Media Research
Associate Director, AHRB Centre for British Fim and Television Studies

Abstracts and Enquiries to:
Janet Mackle
Conference Co-ordinator
Cultural Development
University of Ulster
Northern Ireland BT52 1SA

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7032 4683

Deadline for Abstracts: 23 April 2004


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