Call for Papers: Conference and Special Issue on Cultural Practices and Policies in the Digital Age


Kritika Kultura and European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) are organizing an international conference on cultural practices and cultural policies in the globalized and digital age. This event will be held at the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) on Nov. 22 and 23, 2018. The organizers are pleased to announce a call for papers for this event. Selected papers will be published in the Feb. 2019 issue of Kritika Kultura (ISSN: 1656-152X), an international peer-reviewed journal indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), EBSCO, Scopus, among others


The title and abstract (up to 300 words) together with a short bio should be submitted to [log in to unmask] (cc: [log in to unmask]) by February 11, 2018.


Description of the Conference and the Special Issue

The conference seeks to investigate the changing nature of culture and its industries brought on by globalization and digitization at national, regional, and international contexts. Specifically, it looks at the way governments, businesses, and industries respond to or interact within, the changing nature of the culture and media markets where information technology and social media alter the way content is being produced, delivered, and consumed. From a broader perspective, this conference is an opportunity to cultivate a network of researchers working on issues related to today's cultural industries.


There will be two main themes:


1/ Globalization and culture

Over the past twenty years, cultural industries from different parts of the world have expanded significantly across the globe. While this has brought about opportunities for some, others face difficulties and are reluctant to change. This theme aims to analyze the ways in which cultural industries and national governments have responded to these current challenges, and to new cultural production, promotion, and consumption.


2/ Digitization and culture

Digitization in the cultural industries has fundamentally changed the way in which products are distributed and consumed. Those who have recognized these changes early on and adapted accordingly have enjoyed great success. This session will seek to assess various business, government, and/ or third party responses to the dramatic changes brought on by digitization.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


• Impact assessment of globalization and digitization on culture and its industries

• The impact of the Internet and smart devices for culture and its industries

• Transnational collaborations in the digitalization and promotion of cultural commodities

• Changes in demand and supply in the cultural industries

• Consumers’ reception and its fluctuation brought on by globalization and/or digitization of culture

• The rise of social media as an important medium for transferring and consuming culture

• Changes in government policies for promoting culture and its industries 

• New generation/alternative models (including research methodology and theory development) in globalization and digitization of culture 

• Cultural-related business practices in the era of globalization and digitization

• Comparative studies of cultural digitalization between countries



Ainslie, M.J., Lipura, S.D., and Lim, J. 2017. Understanding the Potential for a Hallyu ‘Backlash’ in Southeast Asia: A Case Study of Consumers in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines, Kritika Kultura 28: 63-91.

Baldwin, P. 2014. The Copyright War: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle. Princeton University Press.

Chua, B.H. 2010. Engendering an East Asia Pop Culture Research Community. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 11(2): 202-206.

Daliot-Bul, M. and Otmazgin, N. 2017, The Anime Boom in the US: Lessons for Global Creative Industries. Harvard University East Asia Press.

Hsiung, J.C. 2001. Twenty-first Century World Order and the Asia Pacific: Value Change, Exigencies, and Power Realignment. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Huang, S. 2011. Nation-branding and Transnational Consumption: Japan-mania and the Korean Wave in Taiwan. Media, Culture & Society 33(1): 3-18.

Liebowitz, S.J. 2008. Research Note: Testing File-sharing’s Impact On Music Album Sales in Cities. Management Science 54(4): 852–859.

Messerlin, P.A. and Parc, J. 2017. The Real Impact of Subsidies on the Film Industry (1970s-Present): Lessons from France and Korea. Pacific Affairs 90(1): 51-75.

Pager, S. 2011. Beyond Culture vs. Commerce: Decentralizing Cultural Protection to Promote Diversity through Trade. Northwestern Journal of International law & Business 31: 63-135.

Parc, J. 2017. The Effects of Protection in Cultural Industries: The Case of the Korean Film Policies. The International Journal of Cultural Policy 23(5): 618-633.

Parc, J., Messerlin, P.A., and Moon, H.-C. 2016. “The Secret to the Success of K-pop: The Benefits of Well-Balanced Copyrights”. In Bryan Christiansen and Fatmanur Kasarci, Corporate Espionage, Geopolitics, and Diplomacy Issues in International Business. IGI Global. pp. 130-148.

Power, D. and Scott, A.J. 2004. Cultural Industries and the Production of Culture. Routledge.


Description of Journal

Kritika Kultura (ISSN: 1656-152X) is a semi-annual peer-reviewed international electronic journal on literary, language, and cultural studies of the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines). It is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholars network, and is also indexed in Thomson Reuters (ISI), MLA, EBSCO, and Scopus.


Peer Review Policy

All articles in “Cultural Practices and Policies” issue will undergo double blind peer review: submissions undergo evaluation by the guest editors, followed by at least two anonymous referees.


Editorial Procedures

Submissions are reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The review process usually takes 3-4 weeks. Papers accepted for publication will undergo an additional stage of copyediting and proofreading. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make any further changes to the text. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to request the author to make any necessary changes to papers, or reject the paper submitted.


Information for Authors 
1. The title and abstract (300 words) (including name[s] and affiliation[s]) should be submitted to
[log in to unmask] by Feb. 11, 2018.

2. After review, an invitation to write the manuscript will be sent to those who are accepted.

3. The special issue will publish around twenty articles, contingent on result of peer review. Twelve authors will be chosen and invited to present at a conference (Nov. 22 and 23, 2018) in Ateneo de Manila University.

4. The manuscript should be original and should not have been published previously. Please do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal.

5. The manuscript should be in MS Word format, submitted as an email attachment to [log in to unmask] (cc: [log in to unmask] / subject heading: Cultural Practices and Policies).

6. Manuscripts must be 6,000 to 8,000 words; longer manuscripts are contingent on approval by the guest editors. Word count includes the abstract, body text, tables, footnotes, appendixes, and references. The title should be on page 1 and not exceed 15 words, followed by an abstract of 100-200 words, 3-5 keywords or key phrases are required.

7. The title of the paper should be on the cover sheet as well as at the top of the first page of the main text. Author names and affiliations should be on the cover sheet only.

8. For those who are invited to the conference, their travel expenses (round trip tickets in economy class and three-day hotel accommodation in Manila) will be covered by the organizers. In the case of co-authored manuscripts, only one person can be covered.

9. No registration fee is needed.


Guest Editors

Patrick Messerlin, Professor Emeritus, Sciences Po Paris: [log in to unmask]

Hwy-Chang Moon, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University: [log in to unmask]


Important Dates

Title and abstract submission: Feb. 11, 2018

Invitation to write manuscript: Feb. 25, 2018

Manuscript submission: May 27, 2018

First review & decision: June 17, 2018

Manuscript submission after revision: July 15, 2018

Second review & decision, invitation to the conference: July 29, 2018

Conference in Manila: Nov. 22 and 23, 2018

Publication of special issue: Feb. 2019



For all inquiries, please contact us via [log in to unmask] (cc: [log in to unmask] / subject heading: Cultural Practices and Policies).



Patrick Messerlin, Director of the Project, Professor Emeritus, Sciences Po Paris

Hwy-Chang Moon, Professor, Seoul National University

Kyuchang Kim, Research Fellow, Korea Culture and Tourism Institute

Nissim Otmazgin, Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jimmyn Parc, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris & Research Associate, Seoul National University

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