Topic: independent media
[lifted from the official website pages]
Conference Theme: Sustainable Futures: Roles and Challenges for Community, Alternative and Citizens’ Media in the 21st century
Dates: April 9-13, 2007
December 21st, 2006
The Conference Organizing Committee has received nearly 200 proposals, from over 35 countries, including academics, activists, community media practitioners, artists and media/social researchers.
A provisional program will be online by mid January together with information on Keynote Speakers, Accommodation, and Conference Registration.
OURMedia / NUESTROS Medios is an international network and forum founded in 2001 by a group of engaged academics interested in advancing the democratic potential of community, alternative and ‘citizens’ media. Recognising that the intellectual and policy frameworks for citizens’ media are often out of touch with the on-the-ground reality, the purpose of OURMedia is to connect scholars, practitioners, activists and policy-makers towards defined outcomes. OURMedia is now a network of over 500 people from 50 countries and has generated an extensive body of practical and theoretical knowledge primarily in English and Spanish.
Past OURMedia conferences have been organized in the United States (2001), Spain (2002), Colombia (2003), Brazil (2004) and India (2005). These conferences have consisted of scholarly and academic presentations, media activism initiatives, policy workshops, community cultural development roundtable debates, new media labs, research-led forums and engagements by local media producers.
The conference is hosted by the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney in association with the Centre for Cultural Research at UWS, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney
Other Australian universities providing funding and support are:
* RMIT School of Applied Communication
* QUT ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation
Other institutions and community organizations supporting OUR Media 6 are:
• Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE)
• AMARC (Asia-Pacific)
• Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)
• 3RRR Community Media Services
• Channel 31 Melbourne
• * UTS Research Initiative on International Activism (RIIA)
• Community Spectrum Taskforce
• Katalyst Design
The conference will be hosted by the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney (UWS) in association with the Centre for Cultural Research at UWS, a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes. The University of Western Sydney is member of AUCEA, an alliance of Australian universities committed to supporting university-community engagement to promote the social, environmental and economic and cultural development of communities. A central aim of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is to link arms with community, public services, industry and business across Greater Western Sydney to exchange knowledge, harness community expertise, and contribute to the region’s development, prosperity and social capital. UWS also houses the studios of Channel 31 Television Sydney (TVS), a free-to-air community TV station.
Costs - Registration
ONLINE REGISTRATIONS OPEN JANUARY 2007
More information on how to register will be posted here shortly
* Full Rate: A$300 (US$230) (E€180)
* Subsidy Rate: A$150 (US$115) (E€90)
* Daily Rate: A$100
* Local subsidised daily rate: A$50
SUBSIDY RATES ONLY APPLY TO NON-FOR-PROFIT COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, STUDENTS, UNWAGED, AND IN SOME CASES ACTIVISTS AND/OR ACADEMICS FROM SOME DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. SUBSIDY RATES WILL DEPEND ON CONFERENCE BUDGET AND ONLY A FEW WILL BE AVAILABLE.
Attendance to all conference sessions for 3 days
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea for 3 days
Conference Satchel and Program
More information about conference dinner and 4th day visit to community organizations will be posted here shortly.