CFP: International Joint Summer School

International Joint SummerSchool

Communication and Global Power Shifts

Vancouver, June 3-14, 2013


Hosted by

The School of Communication,Simon Fraser University

The National Centre for Radio& Television Studies, Communication University of China

The Communication and MediaResearch Institute, University of Westminster

The School of Journalism andCommunication, Chinese University of Hong Kong


What Is The Summer School About?

The School offersshort and intensive courses on media and communication issues of contemporary relevance. Faculty members from sponsoring institutions, along with otherinvited international scholars, will deliver lectures and lead discussions ontopics related to their own research. The atmosphere of the School is informaland inviting. Students are encouraged to participate fully in all discussionswith both faculty and their fellow students.

Since its inception in 2009, the campus of theCommunication University of China in Beijing has been the site of this School. This year, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is pleased to host the Summer School at its downtown Vancouver campus, in conjunction with an international conference in celebration of the School of Communication’s 40th anniversary.

The 2013 Summer School Topic

Buildingupon SFU’s School ofCommunication’s 40th anniversaryinternational conference on Communication and Global Power Shifts, June 7 - 9,2013 (, the Summer School examines the mutually constitutive relationships betweenrapidly transforming global communication systems and shifting structures ofglobal political economic and cultural power. Competing claims of global power shifts areanalyzed from the multidimensional perspectives of political economy and policy, critical cultural analysis, and technology andsociety studies, as well as through critical categories such as empire, class,nation, race, and gender. Lecture topics,which build up and extend conference topics, include but are not limited to:

·      Historicaland theoretical analysis of communication and global power shifts

·      Continuitiesand changes in the dynamics of global communications, with specific attentionto South-South and/or intra-regional communication and cultural flows

·      Foreclosuresand opportunities for a more just global communication order in areas such asInternet governance regimes, social movement media, and communication rights

·      Continuingrelevance of the ‘audience commodity’ to current debates about digital laborpower and struggles

·      Decolonizationof the foundations of knowledge-power and engagement with alternativeepistemologies

·      Constraints,challenges and opportunities in communication for ecological sustainability

Inaddition to lecturers from the four sponsoring institutions (Enda Brophy,Robert Hackett, Zhengrong Hu, Dal Yong Jin, Jack Linchuan Qiu, KatherineReilly, Robert Prey, Xin Xin, and Y.Z. Zhao), other confirmed Summer Schoolpresenters include Yahya R. Kamalipour, Richard Maxwell, Kaarle Nordenstreng,B. P. Sanjay, Dan Schiller, and Raka Shome.

Theconference keynote speaker is Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, and plenary panelists are Mark Andrejevic, Glen Coulthard, Guillermo Mastrini, Richard Maxwell, Raka Shome, Audra Simpson, and Dolores van der Wey. 

How Will The Summer School Be Organized?

The School will take place at Harbour Centre,part of the Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus. Harbour Centre is locatedat 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver’s downtown core and is well served bypublic transport, a food court, and other amenities. 

There will be 12 days oflectures, seminars, conference sessions and ample time for informal meetings,leisure and tourism. The working language of the Summer School will be English.

With the possible exception of SFU students and Canadian students whose institution is covered by the Western Canada Dean's Agreement regarding credit recognition,the Summer School will not be able to offer formal course credits toparticipants. However, the organizers will issue certificates of completion tothose participants who require them. 

Who Can Attend The Summer School?

TheSchool is open to anyone with a genuine interest in the current state of global communication. Participants may or may not present a paper at the conference.  However, those who do not present a paper atthe conference must be able to present a paper on a topic of their own choiceat the Summer School. Apart from that requirement, there are no restrictions onage, status or nationality, but the organizers believe that the School will beparticularly valuable to doctoral students and junior scholars. 

How Much Will The Summer School Cost?

Attendeesneed to cover their own costs for air fare and other travel expenses.  The Summer School does not charge anyregistration or tuition fee. In order to attend the Summer School, allparticipants will have to register for the June 7-9 SFU conference and pay the conference registration fee (the faculty rate is Can. $285 plus taxes; thestudent rate is Can. $75 plus taxes). Participants will need to arrange theirown accommodation. They may also consult the “Communication and Global PowerShifts” website ( for useful hotelinformation.

HowCan I Apply To Attend the Summer School?

Acopy of the application form is attached with this call for applications. Youcan also find it, together with more information, at

Please note that registrationfor the June 7-9 SFU School of Communication conference “Communication andGlobal Power Shifts” and the Summer School are handled separately. Those who wish toboth present a paper at the conference and participate at the Summer Schoolwill need to submit separate applications. Paper proposals for the June 7-9 conference should be submitted to by February 15, 2013. SFU School of Communication’s conference organizing committee will evaluate paper proposals and be responsible for conference related correspondences.

Allapplications for the Summer School will be handled by the Summer SchoolSecretariat and completed forms should be sent to We welcome other supporting documents, such as a CV, a personal statement, a detailed research proposal oran academic paper, which will be helpful for the organizers to evaluate your application.  The organizers will, onrequest, provide the necessary letters and any other necessary documentation for the purposes of issuing visas to foreign visitors.

The Summer School applicationdeadline is April 1st 2013. If you have any questions or requests, please feel free tocontact either Ms. Birgit Schroeder ( or Dr. JI Deqiang ( 

2013 International Joint Summer School Application Form

 Please see the attachment. 

Provisional Course Schedule and Seminar Topics (to be finalized)


Monday, June 3 (HC 2510, 10:30-13:20)

Opening and Welcome Remarks by Alison Beale, Professor and Director, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Y.Z. Zhao, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Simon Fraser University

Course Introduction and Overview of Conceptual Framework: Communication, Crisis, and Global Power Shifts


Tuesday, June 4 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Lei Zhang, Associate Professor, Communication University of China, China

Deqiang Ji, Assistant Professor, CommunicationUniversity of China

Topic: Reorienting Global CommunicationStudies: A Chinese Perspective

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Katherine Reilly, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University

Topic: Critical Geopolitics, State-Centric Perspectives on Power Shifts, and Latin America 


Wednesday, June 5 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Jack Linchuan Qiu, Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Topic: Digital Technologies, Foxconn’s Material Laborers, and Working Class Power in the Global Digital Economy

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Xin Xin, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster, UK

Topic:  China’s Rise and America’sDecline: A Zero-sum Game?


Thursday, June 6 (HC1530)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Dan Schiller,Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US

Topic: The Digital Depression and thePolitical Economy of Communications

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: B.P. Sanjay, Professorand Vice Chancellor, Central University of Tamil Nadu

Topic: Domestic and Global Dynamics of Power in Indian Media and Communication


Friday, June 7 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Karrle Nordentreng,Professor, University of Tampere, Finland

Topic: Lessons from NWICO and Current Debates on Imperialism in Communication

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Dal Yong Jin, Associate Professor, SFU

Topic: The Nexus of Platform Imperialismand Global Capitalism


Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9: Conference Sessions


Monday, June 10 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Richard Maxwell, Professor, City University of New York, US

Topic: Greening the Media

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Raka Shome, Media and Communication Scholar, New York, US

Topic: Asian Modernities


Tuesday, June 11 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Yahya R. Kamalipour, Professor,Purdue University Calumet, US

Topic: The Social Media Revolution and the Uprisings in the Middle East

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Robert A. Hackett, Professor, School of Communication, SFU

Topic: Media activism and Media Democratization in the Context of Canadian Neoliberalism: Challenging Power, orColluding with It?  

Wednesday, June 12 (HC 2510)

10:30 am -12:30 pm: Rob Prey (DoctoralCandidate), School of Communication, SFU

Topic: The Audience/Prosumer Commodity: Analysis or Analogy?

1:30 pm -3:20 pm: Edna Brophy (AssistantProfessor), School of Communication, SFU

Topic: Labour and Cognitive Capitalism: Composition and Contestation

Thursday, June 13 (HC1520)

10:30 am - 15:20 pm: SummerSchool Workshop Presentation/Presentation of Certificates of Completion toStudents by Dean Cheryl Geisler, Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, Simon Fraser University


Friday, June 14, a possible studentself-organizing social event – Picnic at Stanley Park?