Against the Neoliberal Tide: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century (UDC 2005)

Venue: Holiday Inn

Location: Boca Raton, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 03, 2005 End Date/Time: Nov 06, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2005
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Against the Neoliberal Tide: Media and Democracy in the 21st Century

An International Conference of the Union for Democratic Communications

Hosted by the Department of Communication, Florida Atlantic University

November 3-6, 2005 Boca Raton, Florida


As people from nations around the world look to the prospect of self determination in a new century, they are increasingly confronted with the social and economic ultimatums of for-profit transnational corporations. While the neoliberal agenda would have us believe that the market is a natural phenomenon, that agenda calls for the complete, no-holds-barred business domination of the media and almost every other human and natural resource, thus further jeopardizing the possibilities for democratic debate, dissent, and meaningful social change.

The Union for Democratic Communications invites proposals for presentations, roundtables, workshops and panels from artists, activists, and media scholars, which examine and critique the connections between the political, economic, and cultural program of neoliberalism, labor and other social movements, artistic expression, media ownership and concentration, intellectual property, and democratic media. We especially seek submissions that explore community and global alternatives to neoliberalism, corporate globalization and other systems of domination.

Featured speakers will be complemented by presenters on a wide range of topics, video and other media presentations, and tables with information about regional organizations involved in activism and democratic communications.

The conference will be held in Boca Raton, Florida, and sponsoredhosted by the Department of Communication, The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and the Life Long Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton is on the Atlantic coast in south Palm Beach County, approximately 25 miles from both the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach airports, and 50 miles north of Miami. The temperature in November is in the seventies, and conference participants will have easy access to the beach and the tides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Please send proposals of 200 to 250 words. Artists should include samples of the work they will be presenting in the form of slides, VHS tapes, CD-Roms, and DVDs. Please send three (3) hard copies of your proposal, or an email with the proposal in the body of the email message, to:
Stefanie Gapinski
Comparative Studies
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431-0991

Inquiries can be made to Mike Budd at, 561-297-3856, fax: 561-297-2615.

For more information please visit the UDC Website:

Limited conference travel funding assistance for student and low-income presenters will be available.
Please send a request along with your proposal.