The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia

The KKR Hotel
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 1-3, 2017

Hiroshima, Japan

SYGMA 2017 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
September 1-3, 2017

Abstracts Due Friday, June 30, 2017

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The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia (SYGMA 2017)»

Welcome to the 2nd International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia (SYGMA 2017). This is an international, peer-reviewed weekend event. All sessions will be held at the KKR Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 1-3, 2017.

With the focus on globalization and social issues, SYGMA 2017 is being organized alongside The 3rd International Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA) and The 4th  Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS).

About SYGMA 2017

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 3-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and interested community members.  With the theme Mass Communication, Society and Globalization, the symposium 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, June 30, 2017 on these areas:

    • Advertising
    • Communication Technology and Digital Media
    • Communication Theory and Methodology
    • Critical and Cultural Studies
    • Film
    • History
    • International Communications
    • Journalism
  • Mass Communication, Society and Globalization
  • Media Education and Research
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Management
  • Public Relations
  • Visual Communication
  • Other Areas (please specify)


Program Moderator

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

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

Dr. Alan Brady is a 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 Program Director

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka
INTESDA Program Director

Michael Sasaoka 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 Chair

Professor William Kittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University, 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.

Review and Editorial Committees

SYGMA 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Review Committee Leadership

Alan Brady, Ph.D. (Ret.) 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 2017 Readers and Editorial Committee

Alan Brady, Ph.D., (Ret.) Professor,
Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Susan Miller, Ph.D.,
Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
I-Chia Chou, Ph.D.,
Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan
Wei-Shang Fan, Ph.D.,
Nanhua University, Taiwan
Joshua Lee, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts & Humanities,
University of Macau, Macau
Daniel Karanja, D.Min., Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Maryland University College, USA
Joseph Nunez, Lecturer,
Gwangju International Center, Korea
Christiaan Prinsloo, Ph.D.,
Seoul National University, Korea

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