2016 Communication Research International Conference

UP College of Mass Communication – Department of Communication Research hosts two-day international forum on communication and media in the ASEAN context, VP to give keynote.

The Department of Communication Research of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (CMC) will host the First Communication Research International Conference (CRIC) on September 22-23, 2016 at the UP Film Center in Diliman, Quezon City.

Vice President Leni Robredo will give her keynote addresss at the two-day conference with the theme “VOICES AND NOISES: Communication and Integration within and across ASEAN Communities.”

The two-day conference aims to discuss and exchange ideas on information issues and set directions to promote understanding of the ASEAN integration, create greater public awareness of the objectives, benefits, and challenges of the ASEAN integration and develop a regional platform for open discussion and information sharing.

Dr. Elena E. Pernia, UP CMC dean and conference head, said CRIC also aims to address the gaps in knowledge and competencies of the ASEAN integration with respect to media, communication, and its allied fields; conceptualize ASEAN integration discourses using communication and media as a lens and advance scholarship in the field and discuss theoretical and practical issues and concerns on the ASEAN integration and its effects on communication and media education and practice.

The conference also aims to establish the CRIC as a global network of scholars and professionals in various fields of communication and media, Pernia said.

In 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was formed to harmonize the economies of its member-states to bring about the “free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labor, and freer flow of capital”. The two-day conference aims to bring together ideas that would not only transform the economic landscape of Southeast Asia but will also tackle the significant social, cultural, and political implications.

Expected to be presented during the conference are 36 papers dealing with the issues of communication and migration, communication in social and development Issues (gender, health, religion, etc.), disaster and risk communication, climate change and renewable energy, and peace and conflict communication, among others.

Among the conference speakers are noted experts in communication and media such as Dr. Richard Seyler Ling, a Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. Ling is the most-widely cited scholar in the field of mobile communication studies.

Also invited to speak is Dr. Sun Sun Lim, an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean of Research of the Communication and New Media Program at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Lim studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families and her recent work focused on understudied and marginalized populations such as young children, youths-at-risk, and migrants.

Meanwhile, UP College of Mass Communication Graduate Studies Department professor, Dr. Clarissa C. David, who conducted a study on the use of social media in government will share her insights, as well as Dr. Chalisa Magpanthong, an Assistant Professor at the Bangkok University in Thailand who is a noted scholar in the field of cross-border migration and terrorism.

Interested local and foreign participants can register at the conference website: http://www.cric.ph/registration-form.html. Participants may also visit the website, download, and accomplish the registration form, and email it to secretariat@cric.ph.

For inquiries about the conference, please contact the conference secretariat at (63-2) 920-6866 and look for Miss Sheila Ruth Magdaraog or send an email at secretariat@cric.ph ###

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