This is a call for papers for the Media & Communications section of the 2014 SLS Annual Conference to be held at the University of Nottingham from 9th – 12th September. The overall theme of the conference this year will be ‘Judging in the 21st Century’. Calls from other subject sections are also available.
This section will meet in the first half of the conference on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th September (Section A). If you are interested in presenting a paper, please e-mail a proposed title and short abstract to me at daithi.mac.sithigh AT ed.ac.uk by Monday 17th March. Proposals are invited on any issue relating to media and communications law, including those addressing this year’s conference theme. Last year’s conference saw a very wide range of papers presented in this section, at well-attended sessions, and proposals are welcome from scholars at all stages of their careers.
Academic papers are invited on any area of media and communications law, including (but not limited to):
- the regulation of broadcasting (in the UK, Ireland and/or elsewhere)
- defamation and reputation, including the Defamation Act 2013
- privacy / breach of confidence
- freedom of expression and information in the context of media and communications (for example, content regulation)
- advertising, sponsorship and promotion
- regulatory challenges associated with new or emerging forms of distribution
- telecommunications law and policy
- media ownership and pluralism
- the debate on forms of press regulation
- competition and the media and communications industries
- the laws, practices and codes affecting journalism (e.g. contempt of court, subterfuge, court reporting, recognition/status of journalists)
- the control of marketing, advertising, and sponsorship
- contract and rights issues affecting the media and communications sectors
- universal design / access in relation to communications
As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, speakers are strongly discouraged from presenting more than one paper at the conference. With this in mind, I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are also responding to calls for papers from other sections.
Please note that whilst you need only send a proposed title and abstract at this stage, speakers are encouraged to submit a full paper to the SLS paperbank before the conference. The SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career. The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and winning papers are published in Legal Studies. Further details about the Prize are available here. The following three conditions must be met: (1) all authors must be fully paid-up members of the SLS; (2) the paper must have not been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication; (3) the paper must not exceed 10000 words.
All speakers will need to book and pay to attend the conference. Booking information will be circulated in due course. If your participation in the conference is dependent on funding and/or a visa, I would be very grateful if you could let me know at an early stage.
I look forward to your proposals, but please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance, or to discuss a proposal in advance of formal submission.
Daithí Mac Síthigh
Convenor, Media & Communications Subject Section