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Friday, September 20, 2013

University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Campus, Downtown Providence, RI

The symposium will convene leaders from four decades of media literacy to discuss the field’s historical frameworks and to engage the next generation of researchers and practitioners in exploring how the past informs the present and future of the field.

WHO: Scholars, practitioners, and students in education, media studies, library sciences, history, cultural studies and other fields

WHAT: Experience a variety of print, audiovisual and curriculum artifacts from the Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archive

WHY: Explore research agendas regarding the history of media literacy that address the most pressing current and future challenges facing today’s teachers, learners and scholars

The history of media literacy is the story of people’s efforts to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to changing media environments in order to participate and claim power in societies where media and technology play increasingly important roles in education, family life, social relations, public health, politics, economics, the arts and sciences, and popular culture. We seek presentations and papers on a range of topics that apply a historical lens to media literacy as a field, a movement, or a set of educational practices. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Shifts in the research agenda regarding media literacy and public health
  • How the discourses of visual and information literacy entered into the practice of media literacy education
  • How and why news literacy became a distinctive term
  • Relationship between digital media and learning (DML) and media literacy education
  • The origins of film education and its legacy for media literacy
  • Origins of the key concepts and critical questions
  • Historical intersections of media literacy with youth media, civic engagement, media ethics, media reform, parent education, etc.
  • How general semantics and propaganda studies shaped the development of media literacy education
  • The influence of critical cultural studies on the practice of media literacy education
  • Earliest forms of media literacy activism
  • Earliest examples of media literacy pedagogical practices in K–12 education
  • Role of media industries in media literacy
  • How values education influenced the practice of media literacy
  • Shifts in video technology and their influence on media literacy education
  • The relationship between media effects and media literacy
  • Discourses of education reform and their relationship to media literacy
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Parking & Directions
Free parking is available for conference attendees. Park at the Providence Convention Center parking lot and receive a parking voucher at the registration desk.