Visual Literacy and Global Media

A Special Session on “Visual Literacy and Global Media”
as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Library and Information Science
29-31 July & 1 August 2024, Athens, Greece

ATINER is organizing a Special Session on “Visual Literacy and Global Media” as part of the 11th Annual International Conference on Library and Information Science, 29-31 July & 1 August 2024, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications (Editor: Dr. John Pavlik, Head, Mass Media and Communication Unit, ATINER & Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, USA). 

Since the movable printing, technological advances have made media in many forms reaching out to all corners of the globe in this digital world. This special session provides an interdisciplinary platform to critically analyze visual messages and the social construction of meaning in global media through visual literacy. It presents global media through the lens of visual literacy; the social construction of meaning of global media by applying visual literacy theories; the interdisciplinary nature of global media; a variety of global media for its liberating power of democracy; different types of global media and their social messages on race, gender, class, and cultural dimensions; and the converged global media cultural and visual competencies for diverse communities in this global age. 

Each presentation will use theories of visual literacy to critically analyze the selected media to present how this type of media enhances/changes work or life or society for its liberating power of democracy, social construction of meaning/messages of race, gender, class, social, cultural, and other dimensions. In a sense, all signs are information. In all media, the position of the subject is situated differently. This condition provides us with the basis for critical analysis of global media.
Keywords: visual literacy, global media, social construction of meaning

You may participate as a presenter of one paper and/or an attendee. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications after a double blind peer review process. The ejournal is open access and no fee is required.

Please submit an abstract (by email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by 18 June 2024 to: Dr. Yan Ma, Academic Member, ATINER & Professor, University of Rhode Island, USA. Abstracts should include the following details: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

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 which give a great opportunity to further discuss the issues presented at the conference. From ATINER’s long experience these events bring together scholars from different countries and disciplines which may result to research collaborations and joint publications. These events include a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

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