CfP: Audiences2030: Imagining a future for audiences | Deadline: 30th March 2017

This is an open conference, anybody can submit. It celebrates the end of project moment for the AHRC CEDAR network, in association with Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the Audience and Reception Studies section of ECREA and YECREA

Date: 28th and 29th September 2017
Venue: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

Some highlights of this conference include –

• *Keynote speakers*: Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte, Klaus Bruhn Jensen
• *Highlight Plenary*: End of Project launch panel for the CEDAR network’s findings
• *Audiences2030 Respondents’ Panel*:, Peter Lunt, Kim Schroeder, Pille Prullmann-Vengerfeldt
•*Commentary on the* *Launch Event for the CEDAR Final Report*: With a commentary from  Denis McQuail, Sylvia Harvey and David Frohlich

• *YECREA Workshop*: Voice and identity in academia
• *Conference Dinner at Lisbon Castle*: Our conference dinner will take place at the beautiful São Jorge Castle – a Moorish castle atop a hill, overlooking the historic Lisbon and Tagus River.

*Conference Fee Bands*: Option 1: 70 Euros (with lunch and refreshments); Option 2: 95 Euros (conference dinner, lunch and refreshments); Option 3: 35 Euros (non-presenting attendee fee).

At a time of political and socio-cultural flux in Europe, and as we begin to enter times of what is commonly being called the “Internet of Things”, Audiences 2030 brings together researchers taking diverse approaches to researching audiences, to ask what needs (re)doing in the ways in which we research audiences, the ways in with we mobilise theory, and the extent to which we think of future challenges to a rapidly changing field. Audiences 2030 is the end-of-project conference for CEDAR – the Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and will see a highlight plenary from CEDAR launch the outcomes of its unique foresight
exercise about the future of audience research in 2030. The conference will see keynote speeches from Sonia Livingstone, Martin Barker, Thomas Tufte and Klaus Bruhn Jensen. In our call for papers we are particularly keen to see a futuristic outlook – whatever project we speak from, we would like to see it contextualised in contemporary complexities (intellectual, socio-cultural, political), and geared towards future challenges. Topics in our CFP include but are not restricted to –

EU politics, democracy and media audiences
The Internet of Things: implications for audiences and institutions
Audiences’ new literacies, capabilities and coping strategies with digital media
Contemporary political complexities and audience studies
Digital interfaces and their implications for ‘audience’ studies
Speaking to stakeholders in audience research
Race, class, gender and religion in audience studies
Youthful audiences
Invisible, marginalised and under researched audiences
Social action, movements and audiences
Co-option of audience labour
Audiences, media regulation and media policy
New forms of media engagement
The role of texts in contemporary audience research
Cross-media audiences
Methodological and theoretical innovations

For each of this (or indeed, other topics), we particularly welcome papers thinking about the future, including socio-political challenges, anticipated technological changes and implications for research. Our
conference also includes a workshop or PhD students co-hosted by YECREA.

Please find all the relevant information and submit 250 word abstracts on:

The last date for submissions is 30th March 2017. We plan to announce results by 15th May 2017.

Ranjana Das (Director, CEDAR), Brita Ytre-Arne (Co-Director, CEDAR),
David Mathieu, Ana Jorge, Ines Amaral, Universidade Católica Portuguesa,
the Audience and Reception Studies section of ECREA and YECREA.
Deadline: 30th March 2017