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We live in a world that is increasingly being branded. No longer just the label on a manufactured product, branding is visible in the form of the corporate logo stamped on a range of public spaces, activities, institutions and living beings. This marking of territory, whether tangible or symbolic, has important implications for democracy. The theme of this conference, "Democratic Communications in a Branded World", is intended to address the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of branding in terms of its relationship to democratic communications. The aim of the conference is critical discussion of this relationship in order to facilitate public participation in communication and in decisions that affect our lives.
The Union for Democratic Communications invites your participation at this international conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 17-19 May, 2001. The conference will be of particular interest to anyone engaged in or concerned with democratic communications in theory and in practice, including media activists, policy analysts, media practitioners, journalists, and communication scholars.
Our featured speakers will be complemented by a host of presenters with backgrounds in media production, academia, journalism, criticism, activism, and analysis. The roundtables, workshops, and panels at the conference will address a range of topics, from branded space to branded imaginations; from education to the corporation; from locker rooms to sweatshops.
That isn't all the conference will offer. There will be a number of video presentations and tables with information about local organizations involved in activism and democratic communication. For those of you who just can't get enough, we have arranged for a local radical bookseller, Octopus Books, to have on hand many books we think you'll want to own. And, of course, there will be opportunity to dine, to discuss, and to dance (not necessarily in that order). Take a look at the preliminary conference schedule for more details.
Limited conference travel funding assistance for student and low-income presenters is available by application through the UDC Steering Committee. Please send your request by 30 March to Kate Kane at: email@example.com
Nominations are being accepted for the Dallas Smythe Award until 15 April. Email nominations to Christine List at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
UDC 2001 Conference Organizers
UDC 2001 Conference Organizing Committee
This site is maintained by Frederick Emrich. Last updated April 2001.