Call for papers for proposed book on Media, Policy and Interaction.

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Feb 21 13:31:57 UTC 2006


Forwarded from Languse:

Call for Papers for proposed edited collection.
Title: Media, Policy and Interaction.

William Housley and Richard Fitzgerald. (eds)

Increasingly, the media represents and is represented as a site not only
for reporting news but also breaking government initiatives and policy to
the wider voting public. Furthermore, the media is seen to be a symbol of
'accountability' where forms of democratic checks and balances are
performed and the public voice presented through mediated public access
formats.  Recent media debates concerning policy associated with BSE, foot
and mouth, devolution, military action, health, education, terrorism and
so forth have been articulated within the ever-expanding space of
influence that is occupied by media institutions, programmes and
practices. An understanding of the fine grained accomplishment of these
activities through an examination of the language and discourse employed
within various media formats provides avenues and insights into the
'practical deconstruction' of the media in terms of practical action, but
also inform future avenues of applied language research.

The proposed collection will focus on the interactional machinery of
policy debate within media settings. Situated within the field of
discourse oriented approaches to media and government the collection
intends to explore the interface between government, media and the public
highlighting the increasing importance placed on media channelled 'public
opinion' as part of a democratic process. Broadly arguing that the media
is increasingly finding itself taking on the role of gathering public
opinion on policy matters the theme is the actual sites of interaction
examining in detail the language and discourse deployed by various parties
in the process of debate and in relation to various social collectivities
(i.e. culture, the public, the voters and wider society). The collection
is aiming to include a variety of discourse analytic methods including
CA/MCA, Discourse Analysis and interactionism to provide a series of
discussions around the social organisation of policy debate in media sites
such as: news interviews, public access broadcasts, broadcast debates,
panel discussions, newspapers, news broadcasts, blogs, official and
unofficial news sites etc.  Consequently, the collection will serve to
illustrate and demonstrate how these settings are used to organise and
present activities associated with the dissemination of information,
public scrutiny and accountability within democratic social forms.

We are in contact with possible publishers, and at this stage invite
expressions of interest in the form of a 500 word abstract with key words
and references.

Deadline for Expressions of interest and abstracts. June 1,  2006

Please send correspondence and abstracts in the first instance to Richard
Fitzgerald at <mailto:r.fitzgerald at uq.edu.au> r.fitzgerald at uq.edu.au

Dr Richard Fitzgerald
Lecturer in Language and Communication
School of English, Media Studies and Art History
University of Queensland
Brisbane
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Call for Papers for proposed edited collection.



 



Title



 

Media, Policy and Interaction.



 



William Housley and Richard Fitzgerald. (eds)



 



 



Increasingly, the media represents and is represented as a site not only for

reporting news but also breaking government initiatives and policy to the

wider voting public. Furthermore, the media is seen to be a symbol of

'accountability' where forms of democratic checks and balances are performed

and the public voice presented through mediated public access formats.

Recent media debates concerning policy associated with BSE, foot and mouth,

devolution, military action, health, education, terrorism and so forth have

been articulated within the ever-expanding space of influence that is

occupied by media institutions, programmes and practices. An understanding

of the fine grained accomplishment of these activities through an

examination of the language and discourse employed within various media

formats provides avenues and insights into the 'practical deconstruction' of

the media in terms of practical action, but also inform future avenues of

applied language research



 



The proposed collection will focus on the interactional machinery of policy

debate within media settings. Situated within the field of discourse

oriented approaches to media and government the collection intends to

explore the interface between government, media and the public highlighting

the increasing importance placed on media channelled 'public opinion' as

part of a democratic process. Broadly arguing that the media is increasingly

finding itself taking on the role of gathering public opinion on policy

matters the theme is the actual sites of interaction examining in detail the

language and discourse deployed by various parties in the process of debate

and in relation to various social collectivities (i.e. culture, the public,

the voters and wider society). The collection is aiming to include a variety

of discourse analytic methods including CA/MCA, Discourse Analysis and

interactionism to provide a series of discussions around the social

organisation of policy debate in media sites such as: news interviews,

public access broadcasts, broadcast debates, panel discussions, newspapers,

news broadcasts, blogs, official and unofficial news sites etc.

Consequently, the collection will serve to illustrate and demonstrate how

these settings are used to organise and present activities associated with

the dissemination of information, public scrutiny and accountability within

democratic social forms. 



 



We are in contact with possible publishers, and at this stage invite

expressions of interest in the form of a 500 word abstract with key words

and references.



 



Deadline for Expressions of interest and abstracts. June 1,  2006



 



Please send correspondence and abstracts in the first instance to Richard

Fitzgerald at


 



 <mailto:r.fitzgerald at uq.edu.au> r.fitzgerald at uq.edu.au



 



Dr Richard Fitzgerald

Lecturer in Language and Communication

School of English, Media Studies and Art History

University of Queensland

Brisbane



  



 



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