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Global Communication Association 7th Annual Conference!


 Galaxie communication

Conference Theme

The Communication Galaxy: Discoveries, Boundaries, and Opportunities

The legendary Canadian scholar Marshall McLuhan’s The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) prophetically predicted the future of global media communications when he voiced, in one of his most frequently quoted passage of his book: “if a new technology extends one or more of our senses outside us into the social world, then new ratios among all of our senses will occur in that particular culture. It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody. And when the sense ratios alter in any culture then what had appeared lucid before may suddenly become opaque, and what had been vague or opaque will become translucent” (1962: 41). Indeed, McLuhan’s work revealed the “magical” world: the new media of communication—radio, television, film, photography, satellites, computers, the Internet, and social media.

This conference builds on McLuhan’s notions of “galaxy” and “global village,” where he argued that with the new technological advances of the media (especially television, during his time), societies are restoring the “tribal” character that existed before the invention of print. The world has become a “global village” where people send and receive messages instantly. In 1970, McLuhan told Ed Fitzgerald of CBC television: “You could say that with the satellite, the global village has become a global theatre … [with] everybody on the planet simultaneously participating as actors” (Benedetti & DeHart, 1997: 66).

A fundamental goal of this conference, therefore, is to showcase the various spheres of our current global communication galaxy, evident in the multi-disciplinary framework of human communication, and to demonstrate different emerging issues in the practice of media and technology.


Conference venue... Saint Paul University!

The origin of Saint Paul University dates back to September 26, 1848, when “The College of Bytown” was founded by Bishop Joseph-Eugène Guigues, O.M.I., who in 1856 officially entrusted the College to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

In 1861 the College of Bytown was renamed “College of Ottawa” and on August 1866, was granted university status by the Government of the Union of Canada. By letters of Leo XIII, dated February 5, 1889, the College of Ottawa was granted the pontifical charter.

To meet the requirements of Pius XI’s Apostolic Constitution, Deus Scientiarum Dominus, on the reorganization of Catholic universities, the administration revised its pontifical charter, which was subsequently approved by Rome on November 15, 1934. The civil charter, which had been rewritten, was approved on April 18, 1933, by the Ontario Provincial Legislature and the University was henceforth officially known as “University of Ottawa.”

In the years following World War II, the University grew rapidly, and by 1965 had established nine faculties and four schools. The year 1965 marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. On July 1, through an Act of the Ontario Provincial Legislature and after laborious negotiations between the University and the provincial government, the institution heretofore designated as the University of Ottawa became Saint Paul University, nonetheless keeping its civil and canonical charters. At the same time, the provincial government formed a new institution, to be known as the University of Ottawa, to which Saint Paul University conceded the majority of its holdings. The two universities became a federated complex and, according to mutual agreement, were to share faculties.

In addition to conferring its own degrees, Saint Paul University reserves the right to present its candidates to the Senate of the University of Ottawa for the joint conferment (Saint Paul University – University of Ottawa) of its certificates, diplomas and civil degrees.

Both universities consider themselves complementary institutions. Saint Paul University appoints eight members to the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa. The Rector of Saint Paul University is a member of the Senate of the University of Ottawa, and the Faculties of Saint Paul University are also represented in the academic Senate of the University of Ottawa by their Dean, Secretary and a professor elected by his or her colleagues. Moreover, the two universities benefit from a mutual exchange of professors and they mutually recognize their courses.

Saint Paul University, with its strong traditions, is fully aware of its special mission and possibilities. Its geographical location, its bilingual character, its federation with the University of Ottawa, and its competent and diversified teaching staff contribute to the quality of the academic training and the Christian culture which it endeavours to guarantee. For more information, please click here.


About The Global Communication Association 


Established in 2007 and inaugurated at the Shanghai Global Communication and Development Conference, GCA is intended to:

  • Foster and promote academic research in global studies;
  • Promote academic collaboration among major universities around the world;
  • Facilitate joint projects and research opportunities among scholars, researchers, and graduate students;
  • Facilitate faculty research and exchange programs;
  • Facilitate joint programs, grant opportunities, symposiums, and timely initiatives among centers, institutes, and global organizations;
  • Explore the myriad opportunities and challenges in the areas of teaching, learning, communication development, globalization, mass media, and international cooperation; and
  • Hold annual conferences throughout the world.

As of 2013, the Global Communication Association has thematically organized, and will be organizing, conferences in the following countries:

2007:  Global Communication and Development,Shanghai, China

2008:  Globalization and Media in the Middle East, Muscat, Oman

2009:  Rethinking Media Manifesto for an Equitable World Order, Bangalore, India

2010:  Globalization, Culture, and Education in the Information Age, Krakow, Poland

2011:  Global Power Shifts: Impact on Economy, Politics, Culture and Media, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2012:  Environment, Science Journalism, Media, and Politics: The African Perspectives, Lusaka, Zambia

2013:  The Communication Galaxy: Discoveries, Boundaries, and Opportunities, Ottawa, Canada

2014:  (Conference theme is not determined), Pyatigorsk, Russia

2015:  (Conference theme is not determined), Berlin, Germany

Unlike the traditional academic/professional organizations, the GCA is self-supportive (through the conference and sponsors fees/contributions) and does not impose any membership fee.  Nonetheless, we are planning to establish an Advisory Board and also institute a nominal membership fee in the future.  GCA publishes of the globally acclaimed Global Media Journal, with 19 established and independent editions in 19 countries throughout the world.

Global Communication Association is devoted to enhancing scholarly research and inter-institutional collaboration throughout the world.


GCA Founder and President

Dr. Y.R. Kamalipour Dr. Yahya R. Kamalipour

 Professor and Head, Department of Communication, and Creative Arts Director, 
 Center for Global Studies, Purdue University, Calumet 2200, 169th Street 
 Hammond, INÂ 46323-2094 Telephone: 219-989-2880 or 219-989-2393 Fax: 219
 -989-2008 Email: yrkamali@purdue.edu.

He is the founder & Managing Editor, Global Media Journal (www.globalmediajournal.com), Founder, Global Communication Association (www.globalcomassociation.com), Co-Editor, Global Media Studies, State University of New York Press (http://www.sunypress.edu/results.asp)


Organizing committee

Scientific committee


Keynote speakers!

A special thanks to the Canadian Communication Association
for their sponsorship of the Keynote Speakers' event!!!

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Graham Murdock

Professor Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, UK. His writings have been widely anthologized, cited, and incorporated into university curricula around the world and have been translated into nineteen languages.

He has held the Leerstoel (Teaching Chair) at the Free University of Brussels, the Bonnier Chair at Stockholm University, served as Professor II at the University of Bergen, and held visiting professorships at a number of other universities, including Auckland, California at San Diego, Curtin (Western Australia), Mexico City, and Helsinki. His research is grounded in a distinctive approach to critical inquiry that combines insights and methods from across the social sciences and humanities to explore questions around change, power, inequality, risk, and representation.

Dr. V. Mosco

Professor Vincent Mosco (Ph.D, Harvard University, 1975) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University where he was Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and head of the Department of Sociology. Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books and articles on media, telecommunications, labor, and information technology and is best known for The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009) and The Digital Sublime (MIT, 2004). He is completing a book that critically examines cloud computing, the subject of his plenary address – “Engines of Informational Capitalism: Cloud Computing and Big Data in a Turbulent World.”

 Conference Registration: 

Conference online registration is closed; participants may register on-site.


Travelling to Canada, and Visa requirement:

For obtaining a visa for Canada, please consult http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp


Hotel Accommodation 

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Westin Ottawa Hotel located at 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4. Special rate for a single/double room is: $120 (CND). This rate is available to delegates two days prior to and two days after the conference dates based upon guestroom availability until October 1st, 2013 There will be a shuttle bus (free of charge) from and to the hotel daily during the conference. To book your room, please check the secure website: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1305319380&key=86618


If you would like your paper to be considered for any of the conference publication outlets, please submit your full paper to the Chair of the Conference Scientific Committee, Dr. Mahmoud Eid (meid@uOttawa.ca), by September 15, 2013. Your paper must follow the guidelines available at http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca/for-authors_e.html. Selected submissions will be considered for publication as refereed journal articles (in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 issues of the Global Media Journal – Canadian Edition, http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca, as well as in a forthcoming issue of Telematics and Informatics, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/telematics-and-informatics) and book chapters (in an edited book in 2015).


Shuttle Bus

Please see the Shuttle bus schedule to and from Saint Paul University


Library tour!

Please check our rare book collection and visit Saint Paul holdings


Conference Program!

Please see the FINAL Conference schedule here


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