Friday, 31 July 2015

First National Level conference for Students on ‘Resurrect’

Following from Anindita Banerji 
Greetings from Jain University - Center for Management Studies!
It’s my privilege to announce with great pleasure and  invite you all for the  First National Level Conference exclusively for Students on the theme ‘Resurrect’ scheduled on 2nd September 2015 at JU-CMS Campus, Palace Road, Bangalore. The conference is aimed at providing a forum for new ideas along with interaction and deliberations among students across India.
Papers are invited on the various Topics and in areas of resurrection and revival of the iconic brand Maggi, the revival of print media and suggestive austerity measures for a flagging economy like Greece.
In this regard, we cordially invite you to encourage your students to attend and present papers at the conference.  We firmly believe that your student’s participation will enrich the academic and intellectual content of the event along with opening up of new vistas of research and other academic networking.  It will also sharpen our focus and strengthen corporate - academic synergy. 
Last date for submitting the abstract is 15th August 2015. The abstract should not be more than 500 words. Also mention the key words for the abstract. Please find attached the conference brochure for further details.  
For any further clarification, you may kindly contact the conference co-chair Prof. Sunitha.B.K at 
With warm regards
Prof. Dinesh Nilkant
Center Head
Conference Chair

Thursday, 30 July 2015

National Conference on “Print Media and Women” in Delhi

Following from Prof. Daivata Chavan:

National Conference
“Print Media and Women”

4, Patel Marg, Maurice Nagar

A National Conference on “Print Media and Women” is being organised jointly by the Indian Association of Mass Communication (IAMC) and the Department of Political Science, Daulat Ram College on August 12, 2015 at Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi.  The objective of the Conference is to provide a forum to discuss the impact of print media on women in India.  Papers are invited on the themes indicated below from interested teachers, research scholars and students:

1.      Portrayal of women by the daily English newspapers.

2.      Portrayal of women by the daily Hindi newspapers.

3.      Portrayal of women by daily newspapers publishing in any Indian language.

4.      Portrayal of women in the English periodical press.

5.      Portrayal of women in Hindi periodical press.

6.      Portrayal of women in periodical press in any Indian language.

7.      Status of working women journalists in the print media including their official position, salary scales, safety measures and mechanism for grievancesredressal regarding social harassment, and welfare programmes.

  Papers should be written in either Hindi or English language but preferably in Hindi as  papers will be published in Hindi only.The word limit should be 2000 to 3000.  Papers presented in English will be translated in Hindi by the editors of the compilation.  All papers and their translations will be the property of the Indian Association of Mass Communication.  

Those participants who are interested in presenting the papers have to register themselves by paying an amount of Rupees 500/- by 5th August 2015. Outstation participants can register themselves on the same day. Abstract papers can be given personally to Dr.Shachi Chawla or can be sent through email at:, latest by August 5, 2015.

No travelling allowance or arrangement for lodging and boarding will be provided.
Certificates for participation and presentation of papers will be given only to the registered participants. 
Founder President IAMC                                             
Mobile: 9811042179                                        

Dr. Shachi Chawla
Department of Political Science
Daulat Ram College
University of Delhi
Mobile: 9527034800

Where the Local Meets the Digital

Following from Prof Dr Sunder Rajdeep:

Where the Local Meets the Digital

International Seminar of the School of Media and Cultural Studies TISS.
January 7–9, 2016
The advent of the digital and growing access to the Internet in India, along with the availability of cheap devices such as mobile phones has brought about an explosion of user-mediated creativity across various platforms, allowing for sharing, tweaking, co-creating and repurposing of digital media content in the public sphere. While the digital divide reproduces and intensifies various social hierarchies of gender, caste, class and region, one sees a simultaneous deployment of the digital by sections of society that previously were denied access.
The cellular phone has been an important accessory in this widening of access; its use by the urban and rural poor at individual and collective levels opens pathways for incorporation into cultures of consumption and political hegemony as well as for resistance and jugaad. The mobile phone is a platform for recording, editing and uploading images, for accessing ‘pirated’ media content, for engaging with social media and for resisting moral codes pertaining to age, caste, class and gender. Jugaad as a “pragmatic workaround” (Rai 2012) [2] and a “frugal disruptive innovation” (Rajdou, et al, 2012) [3] has become a widespread mode of engaging with uncertain and fluid media ecologies and economic imperatives not only for the resource poor of the global South but also for corporations caught in the cusp of highly competitive and shifting global flows. For the poor in the cities and small towns of urban India, and increasingly in rural areas too, engaging with the digital through the mobile has become an important part of the everyday, a means of communication, pleasure, and identity construction. Large informal grey markets, for hardware, software and various services (providing films, charging, repairing and refurbishing phones) respond to this growing engagement with the digital. The scant regard for notions of copyright and intellectual property makes the production and consumption of popular media content a zone of contestation between audiences, the media industries and the state.
Along with its potential use for greater local articulation and sharing is also the use of social media and the Internet for trolling, harassing and stalking, particularly of those who resist dominant political and social codes. In recent times, feminists, secularists and activists, among others, have been subjected to and resisted hate speech, making social media an important terrain for the playing out of political struggles. Feminists have engaged with the idea that online spaces can indeed be as dangerous for women as real spaces. Scholars have also turned their gaze to the production and representation of the online self in a variety of ways.
Apart from this individual deployment of the digital, there is increasing use of these technologies by a range of movements, campaigns, local filmmakers and grassroots initiatives, with mixed and complicated effects. Ideological battles are waged on the Internet, as various interests use this space to marginalise oppositional viewpoints. Popular films in local dialects and idioms, made on shoe-string budgets, find their own niche audiences and modes of commercially viable distribution. Community radio and video are spaces not just for communication of “development messages” but also for subverting dominant flows of power and for granting access to voices hitherto denied media coverage. Internet journalism, in English and various languages, covers stories often neglected by the mainstream media, which are read, shared and have the potential of going viral, thus countering the censorship of the corporate controlled market. As the boundaries between content producers and users become fuzzy, this growing subaltern and alternative digital and online activity also compels the conventional news media and mainstream cinema to rethink their forms, their modes of content delivery and their revenue models, thus complicating the role of the maker and the user, and the nature of texts. Corporate and state surveillance, data mining, censorship and deployment of digital technologies and algorithms for management of user behaviour and temper these possibilities for democratisation.
This three-day international seminar will merge this year with Frames of Reference, the annual graduate student seminar of the School.
Papers are invited, from scholars across disciplines on the following themes, and any others that fall within the rubric of local appropriations of digital technologies in the Indian context:
Subaltern Image-making Practices
Selfies and the Self
Regional Cinemas
Community Media Praxis
The Mobile Phone and Jugaad
Internet Censorship and Regimes of Control
Informal Digital Markets
Rethinking Copyright and Intellectual Property
Social Media as a Space of Local Articulation and Contestation
Recycling and Repurposing Media Content
Satire as a Political Practice
Digital Documentary
Social Movements and Online Spaces
Feminist Technological Re-imaginations
LGBTQIA Initiatives and the Creation of Communities
Resisting Caste Hierarchies
Crowd funding of Alternative Production
Hate Speech and the Internet
Submission of a 300 word abstract (with 3-5 keywords) and a 100 word bio note to September 1, 2015
Notification of selection: September 20, 2015
Paper submission: November 20, 2015
Please clearly mention in your abstract if you are currently enrolled as a post-graduate student/research scholar in any university.
Student/research scholar paper presenters will be provided with free accommodation and hospitality for a maximum period of 4 nights. Other participants will have to pay a registration fee of Rs. 3000 to cover all meals and conference kit (accommodation not included). Limited guest house accommodation is available on campus. Daily registration fee for local participants (covering lunch, teas and conference kit) is Rs. 500.
The seminar will include invited plenary speakers. An edited volume and a journal issue of SubVersions ( are envisaged, based on the seminar papers.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Glossary of Terms for Media Persons

 Prof. Mrinal Chatterji has sent in the following:

M/s Sephali Communications has scheduled to launch its new publication: 

Glossary of Terms for Media Persons
on August four, 2015 the Odisha Journalism Day.. 

Following are the details:

Publisher:         Sephali Communications,
            Sanchar Marg, Dhenkanal 759 001, Odisha 

Pages: 207       Price: Rs 299/-

1.       Print Media Terms
2.       Broadcast Media Terms
3.       New Media Terms
4.       Public Relations (PR) Terms
5.       Advertising Terms
6.       Environmental Terms
7.       Legislative Terms
8.       Legal Terms
9.       Financial and Business Terms
10.     Literary Terms
11.     Scientific Terms
12.     Sports Terms

Like all professions, media too have its special words, terms, expressions and jargons, which persons entering into this field or practicing it, should be familiar with. In course of their professional duty, media persons are often required to report/write on different subjects and knowledge domains, which also have their own terms and jargons. Media persons, more so the new entrants to the profession often find it difficult to decipher the meaning of those terms and expressions.

This book emerged out of the felt need of media students and practitioners. It is an attempt to familiarize media students and practitioners with terms and expressions used in different media and also different specialized subjects (which they often engage with) and to explain its meaning and key concepts, understanding which is absolutely necessary for writing on and about them.

The book contains glossary of terms related to subjects like Print, Broadcast and New Media, Advertising and PR, Science and Environment, Legislature, Law, Economics and Business and Sports.

To make the book useful and reader friendly, all the terms have been elaborated in simple language. Graphics have often been used to explain the terms.

About the Editing and Production Team:

Concept: Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee

Compilation, Research, Additional Input: 

Rajeev Kumar, Sukarna Mondol and Jyotiprakash Mahapatra


Available online with

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The Medieval History Journal—Now a ‘SAGE owned’ Journal!

The Medieval History Journal—Now a ‘SAGE owned’ Journal!
10 July 2015: SAGE Publications is pleased to announce that the prestigious Medieval History Journal, published in association with the Medieval History Society is now a SAGE owned journal.

The contract was recently signed between Prof. Harbans Mukhia, President MHJ Society, Mr. Vivek Mehra, MD and CEO, SAGE Publications India and Prof. Rajat Dutta, Secretary MHJ Society.

The Medieval History Journal
 was launched seventeen years ago when the world of history was in ferment, radically seeking a redefinition of the discipline. For the MHJ, 'Medieval History' signifies open chronological and thematic boundaries to honor historical plurality. Its frequent special issues investigating a particular theme across regions have provided a space for comparative and transcultural conversations within scholarship.

“The chief characteristic of the Medieval History Journal, launched in 1998, was that it encompassed the entire medieval universe with ever expansive space, time and themes. Today we merge with the SAGE family, secure, excited and hopeful of being part of a massive academic endeavor",
 says Prof. Mukhia.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vivek Mehra, said “It has always been a privilege working with the editorial board of the Journal and the Medieval History Society and we are delighted to enter a new phase of our association. The Medieval History society has and will continue to be the editorial and strategic driver of this very successful journal”.

Concluding Prof. Mukhia added “Glad to move from a small, nuclear family to a manifold larger, multi-layered SAGE family with a sense of security, excitement and hope”.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Father of SMS passes away

London: PTI
 Matti Makkonen, known as the father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks, has died. Makkonen, a Finnish national, passed away on Friday at the age of 63 following serious illness, Finnish language daily Ilkka reported.
Despite being known as the father of SMS, Makkonen was often quick to point out that he did not invent the technology single-handedly . In 2012, he told BBC News -in an SMS interview -that he believed texting in some form would be around “forever“.
Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the first text message, Makkonen said he considered the development of SMS a joint effort and that it was Nokia who helped to popularise the service. “The real launch of the service, as I see it, was when Nokia introduced the first phone that enabled easy writing of messages (No kia 2010 in 1994),“ he had said.He said he did not use “txt spk“ himself, though he pointed out that texting could be thought of as having had an impact on the development of language.
Jarmo Matilainen, managing director of Finnish telecoms group Finnet Association, described Makkonen as a“grand old man of the mobile industry“. “It's very sad. He was just going to retire and he should have had many years ahead,“ he said.

(Jul 01 2015 : The Times of India