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The deadline for the first round of submissions is Friday, February 5, 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)



  1. Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words and must be submitted through the online system.
  2. We encourage work that introduces new ideas and conceptualizations, research and understandings to the field, as well as analysis of both success and failure.
  3. The preferred type of presentation (oral, poster or virtual) should be made clear with the abstract submission. The Review Committee may change the presentation mode at its discretion.
  4. Payment of the registration fee is required for inclusion in the schedule and proceedings.
  5. Co-authors also wishing to attend and present must register separately in order to attend sessions and receive a Certificate of Presentation.
  6. Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned by the Review Committee. Permission to publish the abstract of the paper in the conference program is implied.
  7. An individual cannot present another person’s paper, if their name is not listed as an author on the abstract.
  8. Submissions derived from plagiarized or copyrighted research will automatically be rejected.
  9. If the submitted research paper or results have been previously published in another journal, it will not be accepted.


  1. Oral presenters will be allotted 30 minutes to present depending on the format and including time for comments and questions.
  2. If two or more co-authors will present together, the allotted time is still 30 minutes total.
  3. Seating arrangement for oral presentations will be theater style with a table at the front.
  4. Computers, projectors and screens will be provided in each presentation room.
  5. Please prepare an extra copy of your presentation on a USB Drive.
  6. The committee will select two ‘session time moderators’ from each panel. The time moderators are only responsible to alert other panelists when 5 minutes remains for their presentation. The moderators do not introduce speakers or moderate the Q&A.


  1. Poster boards mounted on stands will be provided with tape.
  2. Posters must be set up 15 minutes before the start of the session and taken down after the session ends.
  3. Poster materials should include the title of the presentation and the list of authors. Bring all illustrations needed — figures, tables, color photographs, charts.
  4. Posters must be size A0 (A Zero). Common dimensions for posters are A0 47 x 33 inches (118cm x 84cm).
  5. Poster material should be well labeled and easy to read from a distance of one meter. Lettering should be bold. If you will be posting typed material, use a large font size (24 to 30 pt) on white, pale yellow or cream-colored non-glossy paper. Avoid use of non-standard fonts. Use 1-inch margins. Use upper and lower case letters.
  6. No audiovisual equipment is permitted for poster presentations.


In our effort to assist participants unable to attend because of funding problems, a schedule conflict, illness, etc., we will prepare a virtual panel to be shown during the event. The number of virtual panels and presenter slots is limited.

Virtual presenters that have completed the registration process will be included in the Schedule and Proceedings. In addition, you will receive an electronic copy of the proceedings and a certificate of presentation.

Guidelines for virtual presenters are as follows,

  1. Select the ‘virtual presentation’ option on the submission application or contact the secretariat.
  2. After completing the registration process you will be contacted by our technical support staff with instructions for preparing your virtual presentation.
  3. Prepare a 10 minute presentation using the video instructions we send to you. Please note that PowerPoint with an audio track is not acceptable.
  4. Upload your presentation file to our ‘Drop Box’ (details will be provided upon confirmation of registration)
  5. To be included in the Schedule and Proceedings, your virtual presentation must be received no later than the deadline.
  6. Please note that virtual panels are shown during the conference.

As indicated, virtual presenters are accorded the same inclusion rights in the schedule and proceedings as the other presenters. For further information regarding virtual presentation guidelines please contact the secretariat.


This is an international, peer-reviewed conference. Full papers are welcome, but not required. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the proceedings. Oral, poster and virtual presenters shall be included in the Proceedings.

  1. The lingua franca of the Proceedings is English.
  2. Only registrants with accepted oral, poster and virtual abstracts will be included.
  3. Abstract proposals and full paper undergo a separate peer review process.
  4. This is a carbon neutral event and the proceedings are published in electronic format only.
  5. The Proceedings have been indexed with the Japanese National Centre for ISSN.
  6. Full papers are welcome, but not required.

Full papers are welcome, but not required for participation or presentation in this conference. Please note the following policies for submitting a full paper:

  1. Papers must be less than 2500 words and sent in Word format (PDF is not accepted).
  2. Files have a 1.5 MB max size limitation. Files over 1.5 MB will not be accepted.
  3. Papers must follow the strict guidelines detailed in the Full Paper Template.
  4. Full papers undergo a peer review process.
  5. Acceptance of an abstract does not mean automatic acceptance of a full paper.
  6. Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation is the responsibility of the author.
  7. Plagiarized material is unacceptable and will be rejected.
  8. Papers submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  9. Click here to download the template


SYGMA 2016
will be held April 24-26, 2016
First Round of Submissions
are due
Friday, February 5, 2016
Review Decisions
will be sent within
two weeks of submission
Early Bird Registration is available until Friday, February 19, 2016
Second Round of Submissions
are due
Friday, March 11, 2016
Review Decisions will be sent within two weeks of submission
Final Registration Deadline for presenters is Friday, April 1, 2016
Final Schedule will be posted by Monday, April 4 , 2016
Full Paper (optional)
must be received by
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Virtual Presenter Files
must be received by
Thursday, April 21, 2016


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