Critical Media Literacy in a Globalized World

A Stream on “Critical Media Literacy in a Globalized World”
as part of the 3rd Annual International Symposium on Culture and Civilization
11-14 June 2018, Athens, Greece

The Arts & Culture Unit of ATINER is organizing A Stream on “Critical Media Literacy in a Globalized World”, 11-14 June, 2018, Athens, Greece as part of  the 3rd Annual International Symposium on Culture and Civilization.

Critical Media Literacy (CML) is an indispensable competence in a globalized and hence highly mediated world, especially when media organizations have become global monopolies of economic, political and cultural power. In a democratic society, corporate mainstream media should be making government and powerful individuals and entities accountable to people. To the contrary, they serve those interests by spinning and spreading misinformation, lies, and myths, manufacturing reality, while limiting discourses that are not serving their own economic and political interests. The revolution of internet, digital communication and social media has been considered as the democratization of media, as long as ‘net neutrality’ is protected. At the same time, the surveillance and control of the state and industries have exploded, threatening people’s privacy, democracy, and security. Net neutrality is under constant threat by those same big media corporations that   seek aggressively to control the internet as they do with cable customers. As mainstream corporate media totally relinquished their role of being the ‘fourth estate’ for democracy to function, alternative, non-profit public interest media is blooming, with an open internet as a primary condition for many of those media to exist. Understanding how corporate media work and the politics of mass communication, as well as knowing, using, supporting, and creating public interest media, constitute the bases of CML competence. The six paper presentations in this stream illustrate how corporate media work. They stress the need to critically examine what apparently seems innocent and harmless types of media such as children’s books, teen magazines, social media, news and entertainment. Most importantly, these CML presentations provide conceptual frames and pedagogical strategies for using alternative, public interest, and digital social media to boost critical thinking and understanding of the real social issues. The presenters purposely target students at all academic levels, teachers, parents and people in general to become critical media literate in a corporate ruled globalized world.

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 12 February 2018, by email, to, Dr. Myriam N. Torres, Professor & Program Coordinator, New Mexico State University, USA. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (  

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