Call for papers - Caught in the Frame: Frame Analysis as Contemporary Media Scholarship
Frame analysis occupies a prominent place in the history of media and communication scholarship and continues to offer valuable insights into the relationship between institutions, representations and audiences. Studies have unearthed the interchanges that occur behind the headlines, revealing institutions’ and interest groups’ strategies to define and re-define issues and the visibility of their interpretations that emerge at moments of contest. Applied at the level of the news story, its approach has captured the amalgam of words, narratives and accessed voices employed to represent and delimit news events and issues, sometimes tracing their origins to the visualizations and practices of news workers which are themselves shaped by organizational norms and routines and by format or platform conventions. How news audiences make sense of, and negotiate, issues and events framed in certain ways by the news media have also featured under its broad remit. The approach has been used to examine many issues yet few studies combine the ‘moments’ of production, representation and audiences in their analyses and some adopt a highly selective approach to the definition and application of ‘the frame’. Addressing the latter, recent critical commentaries express concern over the way present-day frame analysis studies depart from those definitions and applications unique to the founding studies and call for a reconnection between them.
This event seeks to examine critically the relevance and value of frame analysis, take stock of its contribution and provide contemporary examples of its application. We welcome papers from ongoing research, already published studies, and discussions of frame theory or method. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
• News sources, strategies and the (re)framing of issues
• Journalists, frames and media production
• News representations, frames and power
• News audiences, negotiation and news frames.
• New media and frame analysis
• Frame analysis as theory
• Frame analysis as method
Please send 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers along with your name, institutional affiliation and contact details to Julian Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for abstract submission is Friday 21st July 2012.