The 3rd Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
August 2-3, 2018
Hiroshima, Japan

SYGMA 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

Thursday and Friday, August 2-3, 2018

Final Deadline for Proposals: Friday, July 27, 2018

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The 3rd Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia  (SYGMA 2018)»

Welcome to the 3rd Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia (SYGMA 2018). This  international, peer-reviewed event will be held in partnership with the 5th Conference on Management and Sustainability in Asia (COMSA 2018) and the 5th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2018). These events will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 2-3, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan.

SYGMA 2018 will precede the 73rd Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony. All participants of SYGMA 2018 will be invited to a special guided tour in English of Hiroshima Peace Park followed by an optional excursion to visit the shrine island of Miyajima – both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

About SYGMA 2018

Recent advances in information and communication technologies such as the digitalization of information coupled with sophisticated cable and satellite systems have helped the mass media advance the pace of globalization, shattering our notions of isolated societies by enabling unprecedented communication worldwide. This integration of societies has created an increased global interdependence or at least an interconnectedness whereby a nation’s actions have global effects, whether they are political, economical, cultural, etc. Furthermore, the mass media intensify this interconnectedness through the rapid flows and exchanges of information via radio, newspapers, television, film and the Internet, allowing media organizations to operate and distribute their products globally. In short the mass media are key agents in altering how humans think individually and collectively, transforming societies today.

Globalization and the proliferation of information and communication technologies by the mass media have brought many blessings; however, as these forces are sustained under the veil of desirable progress, inequality, conflict, poverty, and environmental/climate change, among other ill-effects, are often overshadowed and exacerbated. Moreover, the concentration of media firms in the hands of a few owners has serious consequences for the distribution of power and wealth both within and between countries.

As globalization and the role of the mass media intensify in the 21st century, it is crucial we deepen our understanding of them by challenging our assumptions and analyzing the changing dynamics they create. With the theme Media and Culture in a Globalized Society, we invite you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan for this special symposium on globalization and media.

Who should attend?

This small symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform for university faculty, graduate students, market and media researchers, entrepreneurs, designers and web project managers, business developers and others who work in film, journalism, advertising and other areas of media.

Proposals Due by Friday, July 27, 2018

  • Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Critical and Cultural Studies of Communication
  • Film Studies
  • ICT and Digital Media
  • Internet, Online News and Social Media
  • Media, Religion and Culture
  • Other Areas (specify please)

SYGMA 2018 Proposal Submission

Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2017 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Review Committee

SYGMA 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. We deeply appreciate the time and willingness of our peer-review reading team members, all of whom were presenters or audience for our inaugural event.

SYGMA 2018 Readers

  • Stacey Jocoy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Musicology, Department of Musicology/ Ethnomusicology, Texas Tech University, USA
  • Kittipong Phumpuang, Ph.D., Department of Educational Technology and Communications, Faculty of Education, Naresuan University, Thailand
  • Selami Özsoy, Ph.D., University of Abant Izzet Baysal, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism, Bolu, Turkey
  • Asril Amirul Zakariah, LLM, Faculty of Law and International Relations, Sultan Zainal Abidin University, Malaysia
  • Andreas Anestis, Ph.D., Department of Science and Technology, The American College of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ruheela Hassan, Ph.D., Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Islamic University of Science and Technology, India
  • Rafida Nawaz, Ph.D., Department of International Relations, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan

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