The three-day international conference will explore the interrelationship between processes of medialisation and sociocultural change in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The conference is based on the assumption that social and cultural change never originates exclusively from the media or technological innovations, but rather depends on the changing conceptions with which people adopt media technologies and integrate them in their daily lives. Besides the transregional exploration of new media configurations and changing media practices, the conference will discuss the specific economic, legal and political structures in the different local and national contexts of what is increasingly referred to as the Global South.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and Prof. Ziad Fahmy, Cornell University, USA.

The conference program includes five panels:

Panel I: Research, Media Art and Documentary Filmmaking

Panel II: The Political Economy of Media: Politics, Ownership and Technologies

Panel III: Changing Media and Religious Renegotiations

Panel IV: Media Changing Identities: Focus on Gender and Generation

Panel V: Converging Media - Changing Practices: What is new about New Media?

The deadline for abstracts is Saturday, 15 June 2013. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a selection committee. Authors will be notified by end of July 2013. The deadline for the submission of full papers (7-10 pages) is Wednesday, 30 October 2013.

Abstracts should be between 250-400 words and must include the presenter's name, institutional affiliation, email and postal address, together with a short CV. Please send your abstracts to For more information about the DFG research network, please go to: