|A conference presented by the Communication Governance Observatory (CGO) and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP).May 3-7, 2021 on ZoomThis conference draws together researchers in Canada and beyond to explore the intersections between media/communications/cultural policy and platforms. Presentations will address arts policy, broadcasting policy, communication rights, Indigenous communication and cultural policy, competition policy, cultural industries policy, heritage policy, internet policy, media policy, speech regulation, privacy, smart city regulation, and platform regulation.The conference will consider the following key questions:How can Canadian media systems respond simultaneously to the challenge of digital platforms and to calls for a greater diversity of on-screen and off-screen voices?How are platforms taking on, or failing to take on, regulatory roles in the fields of communication and culture?How does the international political economy of platforms play out in media/communications/cultural policy?How does algorithmic governance function as regulation and policy setting in these fields?How are regulatory bodies in the field of communication and culture reconceptualizing their work in light of platforms?What relationships and interactions do regulators, as well as arts, media, and cultural organizations, have with platforms?How are regulatory bodies in the field of communication and culture incorporating platforms to conduct their work?How do advocacy, activist, and social justice initiatives intercede in the relationships between platforms and media/communications/cultural policy?How do comparative political cultures influence national regulatory agendas? What criteria may enable new comparative research?This conference will take place on Zoom. Free registration on Eventbrite is required.|
|Key events (for the full program see comcultpolicy2021.ca):|
|Day 1 / Monday, May 3, 2021 12:15-1:15 EDT|
Keynote talk: Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office)
Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe broadcaster from the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. He is the director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, established in 2018 with the mandate of supporting the development of Indigenous film and storytelling in Canada. A long-standing commentator on pop culture and film on CBC Radio, Wente is a board member of the Canada Council of the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. He has served as Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming, and on the board of the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.
|DAY 2 / Tuesday, May 4, 2021, noon-1 EDT|
Keynote talk: Sharon McGowan (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver; University of British Columbia) and Susan Brinton (Women in Film and Television-Vancouver)Sharon McGowan is a founding member and past president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and serves on the board of directors as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Her advocacy work has included decades of analysis and lobbying of Canadian film and television funding agencies, regulators, and unions to increase gender equity and diversity. Greenspon, Wente, and McGowan will participate in a keynote panel addressing the question, “How can Canadian media systems respond simultaneously to the challenge of digital platforms and to calls for a greater diversity of on-screen and off-screen voices?” She has an MFA in Film Studies and is an Associate Professor in the Film Production and Creative Writing Programs at UBC. She has written, directed and produced documentaries for the NFB and Canadian broadcasters and she has produced feature films including the internationally released hit lesbian romantic comedy Better than Chocolate (1999). McGowan’s most recent film was the documentary, Bearded Ladies (2015), which premiered at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. McGowan is a founding member and past president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and serves on the board of directors as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Her advocacy work has included decades of analysis and lobbying of Canadian film and television funding agencies, regulators and unions to increase gender equity and diversity.
|Susan Brinton has decades of experience in film and television policy and analysis in Canada, and is nationally respected as an expert and spokesperson in this area. Her background includes senior management roles in the Canadian private broadcasting sector and federal public funding agencies. Susan has been a policy consultant and led producer-focused international export development initiatives for the Canadian Media Producers Association and other industry organizations. As Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV), Susan has been a vital leader in many of its successful advocacy initiatives. She is a founding member of WIFT Canada and is currently the Vice President of WIFT International. Susan is also a member of the Women in Production Steering Committee for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).|
Susan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree and a Master’s degree in Communications, is the author of numerous industry reports and publications and has lectured on creative industry policy for both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
|DAY 3 / Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12:30-1:30 EDT|
Keynote talk: Edward Greenspon (Public Policy Forum)
President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, a non-profit Canadian thinktank, Edward Greenspon worked as founding editor of globeandmail.com and Editor-in-Chief of the Globe & Mail and in numerous prominent media roles, over the past 30 years from the Lloydminster Times to Bloomberg News. He is the co-author of two books on Canadian politics. In 2017, he authored The Shattered Mirror on news, democracy and trust, followed by Democracy Divided: Countering Disinformation and Hate in the Digital Public Sphere, co-authored with Taylor Owen. Democracy Divided offered policy options that respond to the policy challenges from digital platforms. Under Greenspon, the Public Policy Forum has produced a number of important studies, including its recent Commission on Democratic Expression chaired by former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlan and its January 2021 report, Harms Reduction: a six-step program to protect democratic expression online.
|DAY 5 / Friday, May 7, 2021, 12:30-1:30PM EDTKeynote talk: Joan Jenkinson (Black Screen Office)Joan is the inaugural Executive Director of the Black Screen Office where she works to support Black Canadians in developing talent, accessing funding, and in assuming decision-making roles in television, film and digital media. She fosters relationships with federal funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors to eliminate anti-Black racism in the screen industries. Joan is a founding Partner/Producer at Artemis Pictures which is focused on developing and producing high-end scripted content for television and the cinema, for international audiences. Joan was Vice-President of Independent Production for ZoomerMedia Limited, Television Division. She commissioned, developed and executive produced hundreds of hours of award-winning creative content in all genres for VisionTV. Joan spearheaded VisionTV’s ground-breaking DiverseTV/NSI initiative which produced award-winning comedy and drama programs and earned her a Visionary Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival. For five years, Joan served as Executive Director of Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T), where she established professional development training and networking opportunities for women in screen-based media.|
|Organizers: Sara Bannerman (McMaster), David Ogborn (McMaster), Tamara Shepherd (University of Calgary)|
Panel organizers: Monique Manatch (Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations & Carleton University), Tamara Shepherd, MaryElizabeth Luka (University of Toronto), Paula Gardner (McMaster), Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto), Dwayne Winseck (Carleton), Ira Wagman (Carleton), Christina Baade (McMaster), Philip Savage (McMaster), Faiza Hirji (McMaster)This conference is support by the generous contributions of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (through the Connections program), McMaster University Socrates Project – funded through the generous donation of Chancellor Emeritus Lynton (Red) Wilson, McMaster University Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University Centre for New Media and Performance (CNMAP), The University of Calgary – Faculty of Arts, McMaster University Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University Indigenous Studies Program, McMaster University School of the Arts (SOTA), and McMaster University Department of Political Science.
May 3-7, 2021 Conference : Communication and Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform, on Zoom, presented by the Communication Governance Observatory (CGO) and the Centre for Networked Media and Performance (CNMAP).
Sara Bannerman, B.Mus., MA, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance
Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia
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