Call for proposals from media activists

The call for proposals is now closed.

Join us!

This May Day in Toronto, participate in Circuits of Struggle, a three day conference bringing together activists, media makers, workers, artists, students, and scholars.

Hosted by the Union for Democratic Communication and co-sponsored by, this event will build knowledge, skills, and research agendas that strengthen media activism and the innovation/mobilization of communication technology for social justice.

We are coordinating an activist track, and seek proposals for panels, workshops, or sessions that:
1) share skills in radio, print, video, and/or web-based media;
2) review campaigns or actions that mobilize communication technology;
3) disseminate data from or identify research needs within radical media organizations.

See below for submission guidelines. Note the deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2014.

Questions? Please contact Gretchen King.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2014.

Nominations for the Dallas Smythe Award are open

Please consider nominating someone for the Dallas Smythe Award, which will be presented at the UDC 2015 conference in Toronto. The award honours a critical media scholar/activist whose work exhibits the spirit of engagement, democracy, teaching, and feistiness to which the UDC is committed. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2015, and details can be found here.

Call For Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Circuits of Struggle

Union for Democratic Communications 2015 conference
May 1-3, 2015, University of Toronto
Hosted by the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology
Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2014

The Union for Democratic Communications is dedicated to the critical study of ascendant, emergent, oppositional, democratic, and experimental forms of media, their production and distribution, and the development of local, regional and international systems of democratic communication. In this spirit, the organizers of the 2015 Toronto conference propose that participants engage with the theme of circuits of struggle.

Contemporary communication practices are marked by struggle. On the one hand, we live amid neoliberalism and austerity and the challenges these structures impose on democratic life, including precarity, debt, and enclosure. Capitalism has integrated communicative activity and digital technologies into a logic of accumulation that exploits all forms of the commons: the environment, languages, affects, information, and knowledge. Technological innovation makes possible new forms of surveillance and corporate control over these resources. On the other hand, this integration is incomplete. Individuals, organizations, and collectives are using these same technologies to fight back. Struggles for higher wages, less work, social justice, and a better quality of life are occurring worldwide. Those who struggle against domination are communicating across new channels in innovative and creative ways.

In this context, the 2015 conference organizers ask participants to engage in conversation about the nature of contemporary media, communication, and technological struggle, and the possibilities for transforming the contemporary neoliberal order.

We welcome proposals from emerging and established scholars, graduate students, activists, media makers, workers, and artists for presentations that speak to the theme or related issues in democratic communications, including new media and technologies, media and tech activism, policy, histories, gender and race, work and labour, social justice, and organizing and resistance. We welcome proposals for paper presentations, workshops, theme panels, film screenings, artistic interventions, and other formats.

Submission guidelines: Please submit a 300-500 word abstract or presentation description to For theme panels, please submit a short description of the panel and 300-500 word abstract for each presentation.

Graduate students who want to be considered for the Brian Murphy Student Paper Award should submit a full paper along with their abstract.

Deadline: December 1, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto in 2015!