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The 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

Abstract Deadline Extended to Friday, August 11, 2017

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

Welcome to the 2nd 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 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 2016 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.

Co-Chair and Program Director

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
Program Director
INTESDA, Japan

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.

Plenary Speaker

Henry Loupias Henry H. Loupias, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Communication
University of Pasundan, Indonesia

Dr. Henry Loupias is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Visual Communication at the University of Pasundan (UNPAS), located in Badung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia, where it is one the best and most popular universities drawing students from all over Indonesia as well as many international countries. His research interests include media, social policy, criminal law and legal fundamentals. Dr. Loupias is passionately concerned about the impact of globalization on media and human rights.

Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Program Committee

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. 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

Henry H. Loupias, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Communication, University of Pasundan, Indonesia
Alan Brady, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Soci0logy, Kwansei Gakuin University
Susan Miller, Ph.D. Professor, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Jo Ann Oravec, Ph.D. Professor, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, USA
Robert Reuschlein, Ed.D Professor, Radio For Peace International; Founder, Real Economy Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech Lecturer, Dept. of English School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan

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