The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia
SYGMA 2016 is CLOSED
The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia (SYGMA 2016)»
There is no term these days with greater salience and complexity to describe the modern world than “globalization.” Although it is most prevalent in discussions on economics, its manifestation and influence span political, social, cultural and ideological realms as well. But what does “globalization” actually mean? The sociologist Roland Robertson first defined it in 1992 as “the compression of the world and the intensification of the consciousness of the world as a whole,” clearly transforming our ideas of space through complex social relations and other processes.
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. This inaugural 3-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and interested community members. With the theme Globalization and the Mass Media: Agents of Change, the symposium will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenon while expanding your professional networks.
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
Takayuki Yamada also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical 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.
Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker
|Alan Brady, Ph.D.
(Ret.) Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Dr. Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.
His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.
Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker
|Susan Miller, Ph.D.
Department of Foreign Languages
Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Susan was born in Redding, California, and also lived in Hawaii and Australia as a child. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors and high general scholarship, a master’s degree in English focusing on Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a professor of English at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo where she teaches a variety of courses relating to English and communication. Her research interests include Percy Bysshe Shelley, medieval English mystery plays, and the intersection between spirituality, literature and the arts. She particularly supports associations concerned with the Romantic poets, such as Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron. She won the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2008.
Review Committee Chair
|William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Professor, Bellevue University, USA
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants, USA
Professor Kittredge received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage. He has numerous research publications and presentations to his credit. He has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments. Presently, he teaches and develops content based curriculum at Bellevue University, USA.
Review and Editorial Committees
SYGMA 2016 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. 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 symposium.
Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the SYGMA 2016 Proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this symposium. In addition, papers of high quality may be accepted for publication in the forthcoming INTESDA Journal of Global Sustainable Development (ISSN 2189-8170).
We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:
SYGMA 2016 Review Committee Leadership
|Alan Brady, Ph.D.||Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan|
|Suman Chakrabarty, Ph.D.||Head, Dept. of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, India|
|William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.||Professor, Bellevue University, USA|
|Susan Miller, Ph.D.||Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan|
SYGMA 2016 Readers and Editorial Committee