Monday, 26 December 2016

National Conference on Questioning Community Radio in India: Looking Back to Look Forward Date: 5-7 March 2017

Following from Prof  Dr Madhavi Reddy:

National Conference
Questioning Community Radio in India: Looking Back to Look Forward

Date: 5-7 March 2017

Concept Note
The movement for Community Radio in India started about two decades ago, as a response to the Supreme Court judgement of 1995, which declared the airwaves to be public property. The Government of India approved a policy allowing Community Radio Stations (CRSs) to be set up by educational institutions, in December 2002. In 2006, the policy was revised and non-governmental organisations were allowed to set up CRSs. Ever since, CRSs have become an integral part of the broadcasting system in India. On the academic front, they have emerged as an interdisciplinary area of inquiry, addressing issues of culture, politics, development, empowerment and social change.
We have now witnessed a decade-long engagement with community radios in the country.Against this backdrop, the Department of Media & Communication Studies (DMCS), SavitribaiPhule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) is organising a National Level Conference on Community Radio in India. The conference, titled, Questioning Community Radio in India: Looking Back to Look Forward, is scheduled to take place on 5-7 March 2017.
As an area of academic engagement, numerous questions regarding CRSs may be probed into, including policies, programming, participation, inclusiveness, ownership, management and effect. What are the experiences of CR stations with respect to national policies and regulations? What kind of participation do hitherto marginalised groups see in the programming and management of CRSs? What are the patterns and politics of ownership of CR stations? What kind of programming do CR stations encourage? How does technology and related training intersect with the practise of community radio? What kind of a role do CRSs play in engaging with local language, indigenous knowledge, and community culture? Are CRSs expected to play a role in promoting government policies and programmes, or do they envisage a vision of their own? The conference seeks to provide a platform for engagement with some of these questions and beyond.
This three-day conference would include a one-day pre-conference for doctoral scholars working on community radio, open to both academicians and practitioners. Each session would include theoretical and empirical research by academicians, and case studies and narratives by practitioners.
The areas of inquiry may include, but not be limited to:
·         History of CR (movement, initiatives and stations) in India
·         The Region and Community Radio
·         Agencies in Community Radio Stations
·         Ownership of Community Radio Stations
·         Participation, Audience and Impact
·         Programmatic Agendas and Engagement with Issues on Community Radio
·         Local culture and Traditional Knowledge Systems
·         Community Radio Stations for Good Governance
·         Technology and Community Radio
·         Sustainability of Community Radio Stations

Special Session on CRSs in Maharashtra
There are 17 CRSs in Maharashtra, which is the third highest number among all the states and union territories, after Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. These CRSs are managed by a wide range of organisations, which include government and private educational institutions, NGOs and KVKs. A few of them are in cities like Mumbai and Pune, and a few are in remote locations in the state. They also produce a wide range of contents. To know about the nuances of CRSs in Maharashtra, the conference is dedicating a special session to it. Scholars and practitioners may present their work either in English or in Marathi in this special session.

Pre-Conference Colloquium
Community Radio has emerged as a key area of academic engagement under the larger umbrella of Development Communication, akin to SITE in 1980s, telecommunication in 1990s and ICTs in 2000s. In order to engage with ongoing research by young scholars and student researchers in the area, the one-day pre-conference colloquium would serve as the ideal platform for exchange of ideas, research work, and feedback on ongoing research projects. If found suitable, fine-tuned/presentation-ready Masters dissertations may also be considered.
The Department of Media and Communication Studies (DMCS) hopes that the three-day National Conference would provide space for critical and intellectual engagement amongst senior and young scholars, and practitioners alike. 

Publication Partner
Published by Taylor & Francis, Media Asia is a journal of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), housed editorially at Hong Kong Baptist University’s Centre for Media and Communication Research. This 43-year-old journal will publish an issue on “Questioning Community Radio in India” that will include around seven best research papers and three best cases presented in the conference. These papers will go through double-blind peer reviewed process. As it is competitive, we request scholars to send their best abstracts and full papers.
Remaining papers will be published as an edited volume by an international reputed publication house.

6January 2017:                        Last Date of Abstract Submission
10 January 2017:         Acceptance Notification
20February 2017:        Last Date of Full Paper Submission

Registration Fee
For Masters, MPhil and PhD scholars:             `500/-
For Academicians and Practitioners in CRSs:  `1000/-

The conference will be held at the Department of Media and Communication Studies, SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra. Pune, one of the major cities of India is well connected by road, rail and air.

Word limit:      Abstract (250-300 words) with 4-5 keywords
Case Study from CRSs (2000-2500 words), Paper (5000-6000 words)
Font:                Times New Roman
Font Size:         Title – 16 Bold, Heading – 14 Bold, Subheading – 12 Bold,
Sub-subheading – 12 Bold Italic, Body – 12, Footnote – 10
Line Gap:         1.5,                  Reference:       APA Style,       Indexing:         1 inch

For full paper (especially who are desiring to publish in Media Asia), may find instructions for authors here:

Conference Coordinator
BiduBhusan Dash, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Media & Communication Studies
SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Ganeshkhind, Pune – 411007
Maharashtra, India. Cell No: +91-7830666700, Email:

(Dr Madhavi Reddy)
Professor and Head
Department of Media & Communication Studies

SavitribaiPhulePune University

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