The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia

The KKR Hotel
April 24-26, 2016

Hiroshima, Japan

SYGMA 2016 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
April 24-26, 2016

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, February 5, 2016

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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 conference 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 conference will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenon while expanding your professional networks.

We welcome submissions of 250 words in English by Friday, February 5, 2016 on these areas:

  • Advertising & Multimedia Campaigns
  • Business Communication
  • Communication Theory and Methodology
  • Corporate Identity and Branding
  • Critical and Cultural Studies of Communication
  • Film Studies
  • Gender and Communication
  • Global Issues and Public Policies
  • Globalization and Economic Policies
  • Globalization and Health Issues
  • Globalization and Social Issues
  • History
  • ICT, Telecommunications and Digital Media
  • International and Global Communication
  • Internet, Online News and Social Media
  • Mass Communication, Globalization and Society
  • Media and Democracy
  • Media and Sport
  • Media Education and Research
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Management
  • Media Regulation and Policy
  • Media, Climate Change and Environmental Studies
  • Media, Music and Entertainment
  • Media, Religion and Culture
  • Political Communication and Satire
  • Print Media (Newspaper, Magazines, Advertising)
  • Public Relations
  • Radio-TV Journalism
  • Scholastic Journalism
  • Visual Communication
  • Other Areas (please specify)


Program Director

Gary Smith Gary Smith
Environmental Photographer and Filmmaker, Seven Summits, Canada
INTESDA Director of Media and Technology, Japan

Gary Smith is an environmental filmmaker and holds advanced degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also conducted research at the University of Chicago. He has interests in both the physical sciences and environmental sciences.

Gary is a noted environmental and wildlife photographer and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the world’s highest mountains on each continent (the seven summits). As an experienced mountain climber, he has traveled the world to hike most of these mountains. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps.

Gary holds advanced degrees in physics, engineering and Japanese from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also conducted post-graduate research at the University of Chicago in the field of spectrography.

Featured Speaker

Alan Brady Alan Brady, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a full-time professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kansai, Japan and has worked there in the Sociology Faculty since 1991. He has lived and worked In Japan for over 40 years. His main research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability. language education policy, planning, and practices at university in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship thru integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Featured Speaker

3-Susan Susan Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Nippon Sports 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.

Program Coordinator

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael K. Sasaoka Alvord
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.

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