Conferences Seminars

International Conference on - Communication Design: Image, Reality and Representation
Date: 02 & 03 April 2024
The Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanthi College, organized an 3rd International Conference on Communication Design: Image, Reality and Representation. The chief guest for the event was Mr. VK Prakash, an acclaimed film director, actor, and National Film Awardee, known for his contributions to the Indian film industry. The guest of honor was Dr. BK Ravi, Vice Chancellor of Koppal University, recognized for his significant contributions to academia and education. The formal inauguration ceremony started through lighting of the lamp as a symbol of growth and prosperity.

Delivering the presidential address, Fr. Dr Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, addressed the gathering, extending gratitude to the chief guest and by highlighting department's role “as a beacon of creativity and innovation in the field” by adding it is a catalyst for fostering collaboration and collective passion in the arena of communication.

Delivering the presidential address, the chief guest, Mr. VK Prakash, addressed the gathering, emphasizing the importance of effective communication. He highlighted that communication should reach people and relate to people, stating that while technology may evolve, communication remains fundamental. He concluded by encouraging the audience to create wonderful works through effective communication.

Dr. B K Ravi, Vice Chancellor, Koppal University, delivered the first keynote session on "New Trends in the Indian Media Industry." He focused on pre independent and post independent scenario and talked how media was considered as field of social work and also said media has capability influencing the thinking behavior of individuals. He gave a detailed view of Different trends in Print, Radio, Television, OTT and social media.

The Plenary session-1 was headed by Dr. David J. Schaefer. He is Professor and Chair Department of communication Arts, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. His session focused on the topic Diasporic Cinema and Representation. He concentrated on changing trends and new strategies included in the field of cinema. Especially in the regional level movies directors focusing more on the plot and cenimotogphy.

Plenary Session- 2 was headed by Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Director- Academic, NITTE Education Trust and former Vice Chancellor Jagaran Lakecity University, Bhopal. His session focused on the topic Blurring of boundaries in the media – it’s wider Implications. He discussed regarding various issues how the concept of local and global is changing in different manner. He also revealed that in today’s scenario the concept of political geography is taking lot of importance in the field of media.

In the second day of the International Conference, the third plenary session welcomed Ms. Chippy Babu, founder and producer of TrainTripper Films, whose discussion titled "Ads to Blockbusters: The Producer's Journey through Film Formats" captivated the audience with its exploration of the evolution of film production and its impact on communication design. She revealed the new trends in the field of film production related to image, reality and representation.

Plenary session four featured Professor Nandini Lakshmikantha, ICSSR Senior Research Fellow and author, Former Director, Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal, Karnataka. She discussed the topic "Bhartiya Knowledge System and Environmental Consciousness" delved into the intersection of indigenous knowledge systems and environmental awareness, providing thought-provoking perspectives on sustainable communication design.

Plenary session five, led by Professor Stephen Quinn, Former Professor at Kristiania University, Norway, took place online and focused on "AI Tools for Making Movies: Where Are We at the Moment?". Professor Quinn's virtual presentation offered valuable insights into the current state of artificial intelligence in filmmaking, highlighting its implications for communication design in the digital age.

National Seminar on ‘Trailblazers of Indian Cinema: Setting the Pulse of Trends’
Date: 19 February 2024
The Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, organized a national seminar on ‘Trailblazers of Indian Cinema: Setting the Pulse of Trends’, on February 19, 2024. The keynote sessions which emphasized on the pulse of Indian cinema saw luminaries like Dr Bijukumar Damodaran, National Film Award Winner, Shri N Manu Chakravarthy, acclaimed film critic, Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award Winner and National Film Award Winner for Best Film Critic, Shri Prakash Bare, Actor, Producer and Technologist and Shri Shehnad Jalal, Kerala State Award Winner for Best Cinematographer present and interact with audience on the occasion.

Delivering the presidential address, Fr Dr Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College Autonomous, emphasized on the importance and significance of India cinema. He also pointed out at the shift in the film industry’s narratives with regard to content and also the relevance of digital revolution with respect to OTT streaming platforms. “Filmmakers are increasingly focusing on thought-provoking scripts, addressing social issues, and challenging societal norms”, added Fr Dr Augustine George.

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr Biju Damodaran, National Film Award Winner stressed on the culture of film viewing and film producing. Dr Biju pointed out that India produces nearly 2000 films per year, the highest in the world. He said that films are more like a political and social tool and not just an entertainment medium alone. Dr Biju emphasized on breaking the film narrative patterns and the barriers of film making and strongly recommended to encourage women and dalit film makers in Indian cinema.

Shri N Manu Chakravarthy, National Film Award Winner for Film Critic and Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award Winner, spoke at length on locating the diverse concerns of Indian cinematic traditions. Shri Manu Chakaravarthy pointed out at the traditions that Indian cinema has followed since its journey from 1930s till present day films. “Films are cinematic narratives, cultural narratives and social commentaries which provoke the social consciousness in a secular democratic society. Indian cinema depicts the Indian social realism which is a strong marker of social reality”, added Manu Chakravarthy.

Shri Prakash Bare, Actor, Producer and Technologist, talked at length about Technology and Cinema in the Indian Context as he pointed out at the negative impact of the technology. He also indicated that piracy was the major issue in terms of technology progress in cinema. Prakash Bare talked about the next important aspect of technology was immersive technology with artificial intelligence at the helm. Shri Shehnad Jalal, spoke at length on the topic ‘visualising the times’ and threw light at his journey as a photographer and a cinematographer. He shared his learning experiences with the audience and about his upcoming film projects.

‘Focus’ the annual photography magazine was also released by the chief guest on the occasion of the national seminar.

Virtual International Conference on Changing Media Landscapes in South Asia - Inaugural Session
Date: 06 March 2023
The Department of Media Studies at Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, organized a virtual international conference on "Changing Media Landscapes in South Asia." The conference aimed to provide a platform for media practitioners, researchers, and students to explore the changing media landscapes in South Asia. The conference was held on the Zoom platform and was attended by participants from various countries. The event started with the introduction speech given by Ms. Sangeetha BK, followed by the prayer. Dr. Gopukumar Av dean faculty of humanities gave the welcome speech, followed by Mitul Joseph Koickadudy, who gave an introduction about the overall events. The presidential address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Dr. Augustine George, principal of Kristu Jayanti College. Dr. Abraham introduced the chief guest after which Dr. Donald Marinelli, took over the session and gave an insight into the topic.

Dr. Donald Marinelli, the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), Pittsburgh, USA, spoke about the changing media landscape in South Asia. He emphasized the importance of digital media and how it has transformed the way people consume and interact with media, especially in today’s time. The conference provided an opportunity for media practitioners, researchers, and students to interact and exchange ideas on the subject of discussion while simultaneously expanding their horizons of knowledge on the same. Dr. Juby Thomas, Coordinator of Media Studies (PG) at Kristu Jayanti College, delivered the thank-you speech, where she thanked the participants, the chief guest, and everyone involved in organizing the conference.

Keynote session: Media and Mundane in Everyday Life in South Asia
Date: 06 March 2023
The Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Virtual International Conference on the topic ‘Changing Media Landscape in South Asia’ on 6th march 2023. The inaugural session was followed by a keynote session, which was taken by Prof. Biswajit Das, founding director, of the Centre for Culture, Media, and Governance, New Delhi. The welcome address was delivered by Mr. Vishnu Achutha Menon. The topic for the keynote session was ‘Media and Mundane in Everyday Life in South Asia. In the keynote session, the chief guest shared his ideas and thoughts on various media platforms and landscapes. He enlightened the audience with topics like patterns of different communications and Recent media technologies. He also talked about the strength of media and media culture in South Asia and the digitalization of the media field. He emphasized participatory journalism and media convergence as well. The session concluded with a thank-you note by Dr. Radhika C A, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies (PG). The session was informative and very helpful for the students as well as other participants of the session.

Seminar- Ideation to Incubation
Date: 15/09/2022
The Department of Media Studies students attended a seminar on ‘Ideation to incubation’ organized by the Department of English on 15 September 2022. The spokesperson for the seminar was Dr. Ravindran D who is the Innovation Activity Coordinator of the Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC).

The seminar was based on the ‘Ideation to incubation’ concept which was introduced to help and support young aspiring minds. The participants of the seminar were the students of the 1st year PG Media Studies Department and 1st year English Department. Dr. Ravindran started the session with ideas on what to do next in life. He asked, “What do you want to choose, a comfortable or adventurous life?” to which he commented, “Think differently, start thinking adventure.”

Discussing the topic of business and its aspects, he stressed the fact that one should focus on the problems of the target audience to be successful in a business scenario. He also incited examples of some of today’s ‘Business Unicorns” such as OLA, Swiggy, and many more to support his statement.

He further discussed the ideas on startups and business opportunities in the Media Industry. His most recommended tip for the Media students was to utilize their talents to broaden their horizons. Subsequently, he discussed the business/job opportunities for the English department students.

Dr. Ravindran successfully guided and helped get the students a clearer picture of their future goals and aspirations. He additionally maneuvered the students on how to implement their ideas and commercialize them into earning a living. He also provided brief information about the incubation Centre of the college and its four working cells, openly welcoming all to register their innovative business ideas which they can incubate in the meantime and can readily launch in the future. “Think differently! Implement smartly!” he said, motivating many yearning minds seated in the auditorium. He advised the students, “All have an idea first, please think about how it can be commercialized”.

Build Your Future: Ways for Career Drive for II MA JMC Students
Date: 14/09/2021
The PG Department of Media studies conducted an enlightening session on career placements for the final year MA JMC students on 14th September 2021. The session was organised by the Media studies PG department Program under the coordination of Dr. Juby Thomas. Dr. Juby Thomas welcomed the gathering and the program started at 10.30 am.

The resource person, Professor Sen. B. Mathews the Director – Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations (CECR) of Kristu Jayanti College, conducted the session with interactive methods to engage with students. The discussions came out well with valuable insights like the importance of attitude and the areas to be strengthened for better career options.

On behalf of the students, Swetha K delivered a vote of thanks towards the end of the session. The session was effective as gathered from the notes of feedback from the students.

Virtual National Media Conference on Media Portrayals in Pandemic Times
The Department of Media Studies organised the fifth edition of National Media Conference on Media Portrayals in Pandemic Times on March 19 and 20, 2021. Prof. Adnan Kisa, Ph.D., Professor and Pro-Dean, Health Policy and Economics, School of Health Sciences, Kristiania University College, Oslo was the chief guest. In his inaugural address, Prof. Adnan Kisa said ‘infodemic’ caused by misinformation had an adverse effect on racial, sexual and religious minorities and worsen their miseries during pandemic times.

Highlighting the challenges about health communication, he explained that there are three significant challenges- information overload, information uncertainty, and misinformation. He further said that these menaces could be tackled by drafting health communications messages simple and direct.

While delivering the presidential address, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P.J, Director, Kristu Jayanti College of Law and Director, International Relations, said ‘pandemic times displayed that we are living in a global village connected via technology’. The two-day conference had four plenary sessions and two parallel sessions of paper presentations. Shri. Josy Joseph, investigative journalist and founder, The Confluence Media, was the resource person for the first plenary session on ‘Organised Crimes in Global Scenario’. While addressing, he gave insights into the organised crime in global scenario by giving example of human trafficking syndicates operating in global scale. He further highlighted the role of investigative journalist, and said "investigative journalists must dig out the truth that is not available in public domain."

The conference further had extensive and profound talks given by the plenary session speakers. The second day of the conference began with the second plenary session. Ms. Rituparna Chatterjee, Deputy Asia Editor, The Independent was the resource person of the session ‘Women Voices and Media Role during Pandemic’. Ms. Rituparna said that women's voices are missing from narratives about the news stories covered on pandemic. In most news stories, Ms. Rituparna pointed out that reporters seldom quote women in their news stories.

Ms. Sarvapriya Sangwan, BBC YouTube Editor for Indian languages, was the speaker of the third plenary session on the topic ‘Digital Journalism in Pandemic Times’. Stating the challenges faced by journalists during lockdown, she said that the basic fundamental practices followed in journalism, such as newsgathering, news verification, and reporting on the ground became a huge challenging task for journalists.

The fourth plenary session was on the topic‘Fake News and Media Literacy’. The guest speaker was Ms. Geetika Rustogi, Content lead, To The New. She highlighted the impact of fake news and provided various measures to identify fake news. She said that it is important check the sources of information, verify news, texts, and photos in order to tackle the fake news menace.

The conference received over twenty research articles from various colleges, and universities from across India. The virtual conference witnessed over 100 participants.

National Media Conference on Newsroom Inclusiveness and Multicultural Narratives
The Department Of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the fourth edition of the national conference on the topic Newsroom Inclusiveness and Multicultural Narratives on 27 & 28 February, 2020. The inaugural ceremony began with an invocation song by the college choir. Dr Gopakumar A V, Dean and Faculty of Humanities welcomed the dignitaries and delegates to the ceremony. It was followed by the lighting of the lamp. Prof. Abhilasha R, Conference Convener and Faculty, Department Of Journalism and Mass Communication presented the prelude to the conference. She presented the current scenario in Indian Media with representation of different gender as well as inclusion of various community in the news dissemination process. She laid the track for the discussion on the importance of inclusiveness in news decision making process as well as narrative to bring out objective news.

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Elanjikkal, Provincial, St Joseph’s Province delivered the presidential address. He said media is the guardian angels of the society in the right sense, and it has to be more sensitive to the people marginalized.

The inaugural address was delivered by the chief guest Shri. Shubranshu Chowdhary, Founder CGNet Swara and Former BBC Journalist. He spoke his experience as a war journalist in BBC and how news narratives is different at international level and local level. Shri. Shubranshu Chowdhary spoke about how “audio” can be answer to our problems in connecting to the masses in the media dark regions of our country. He went on to draw references from his professional life when he came face to face with harsh reality of his state; Chattisgarh. How the problems of tribal population never makes it to the main stream media.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Prof Anju Michael, Conference Convener and Faculty, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The inaugural ceremony has culminated with the Jayantian anthem.

The conference further had elaborative and profound talks given by the technical session speakers. The first session was on Multicultural Reporting by Ms Asma, Media Critic & Independent Journalist. She spoke about gender and caste inclusion in newsroom. She challenged the audience to question the concept of objectivity in news and asked if objectivity could be obtained in presenting just two sides of the stories. Ms Asma explained the inference of multinational companies and political parties in news making process. She encouraged students to make use of internet news platform to for independent reporting.

It was followed by session on Transgender Representation in Media by Ms Heidi Saadiya, Reporter, Kairali Channel. She spoke about the social stigma against the trans-community even after the legalization of section 377. Ms Heidi had shared her story of transformation from a male to female and her struggle to educate herself which empowered her. “Transgender community lacks voice in mainstream media. Society looks at them as beggars or sex workers. There is very little effort to understand the basic needs of the community,” she said. Heidi shared hos she has to fight the stigma as a transwoman in media.

The second day session began with Media Inclusiveness – Gender Perspective by Ms Gita Aravamudan, author, journalist and novelist. She talked about the transition in the newsroom and increasing presence of working women journalists, which has provided a platform for their voices to be heard. She said, “There is a positive change in media. Even though it is slow, media is giving more space to women and minorities.” Ms Gita also had an interactive discussion with the audience on female gaze and objectification of sex in advertisements.

It was followed by a session on Everyday lives Everyday problems: Reporting the marginalized. The resource person for the session was Ms Vishaka George, PARI. She shared various stories that People Achieve of Rural India is doing and how it impacts the life of many. She explained the complexity of reporting news about rural India. Ms Vishaka shared information on how students and professionals can associate themselves to independent organizations such as PARI.

The third session was on Culture and Inclusiveness in Design and Advertising by Mr. Fazil M, Creative Head, RR Donnelley. He spoke about how one needs to think out of the box to be creative in order to survive in the ever changing field of creative media. He went on to elaborate on the fact that advertisers do strive hard to be inclusive, not only in terms of race, religion or caste but also in terms of ideas.

Post lunch programme began with the paper presentations. The conference has around seven papers from delegates around the country. Dr Bhargavi D Hemmige, Professor, Department of Media Studies, Jain University, Bengaluru was the moderator for the session. The paper had diverse topics ranging Kannada media, portrayal of homosexuality in advertisements, gender roles in cinema, dalit representation in Indian cinema and so on.

The last session of the two day conference was by D V Rajashekar, Former Editorial Advisor, The State. The session titled Madhyama Bahutva focused on the pluralism in Kannada media. Mr. D V Rajashekar spoke about how difficult it was for people from minority communities to gain entry to the field of media and the scenario has changed for the better as society has started being more inclusive. He also spoke about the importance of bringing issues related to minorities to mainstream media and how crucial it is for the development of the society.

Two- day National Media Conference on Gender Identity and Changing News Paradigms
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the third edition of the national media conference on ‘Gender Identity and Changing News Paradigms’ on February 19 & 20, 2019. The event was inaugurated by Ms Ammu Joseph an independent journalist and author. While addressing the gathering she said, “In order to enjoy freedom of expression, rights and gender equality; include men, women and members of sexual minorities to participate in multiple roles at multiple levels in the media. Let them to express themselves through the media and to determine the nature and content of media.” She also siad that gender balance is an obvious pre requisite for any pluralistic media that reflects the diversity of any given population

Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal delivered the presidential address. He addressed the role of media in the representation of women in mass media and gender identity scenario in the world. He said: “We are aware that change in media landscape is constant. We live amidst latest changes in the history of media. The nature and magnitude of this change are so enormous that most media executives and media scholars fail to recognize it.” He added on to say that that technology and its current applications have evolved at lightning speed transforming the media landscape.

The conference further had elaborative and profound talks given by various speakers on topics like ‘Gender Sensitivity and Gender Balance in News Coverage by Ms. Ragamalika Karthikeyan, Deputy News Editor, The News Minute, ‘Changing Paradigms in Advertising’ by Ms. Meera Jyothis Prem, Senior Creative Director, McCann Erickson & Film Maker, Bangalore, ‘Changing News Paradigms’ by Shri T R Gopalakrishnan, Former Editor, The Week magazine, ‘Changing Paradigms in Community Radio by Dr Richard Rego SJ, Director, PG and Research, St Joseph’s College Autonomous, Bangalore, ‘Gender and film’ by Prof. N Manu Chakravarthy, film critic and scholar and ‘women journalist at work sphere’ by Ms Laxmi Murthy, contributing editor of Himal South Asian, additional coordinator of NWMI.

National conference on Contemporary Discourses: Media, Gender and Culture
Department of Journalism and Mass communication organized a one day national conference on Contemporary Discourses: Media, Gender and Culture was organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on February 16, 2018. Miss Dhanya Rajendra, Managing Editor of The News Minute was the Chief Guest. She spoke about the changing role of women in media. “Although there is an increase in the number of women journalists, what we need are more women in decisive roles within media organizations. Journalists should be hired on the basis of the skill in gathering and reporting the truth rather than because of their gender”, said Miss Rajendra.Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Guest of Honour, leading Transgender Social Activist and Founder, Ondende opened up a broader outlook towards the field of Journalism and said, “Journalism is not just about the stories you cover, it is about the issues that you stand for and its overall impact. The time has come to speak the Journalism and Politics of love, acceptance and development”. The conference further had elaborative and profound talks given by the technical session speakers.

National Conference on Narratives in Media and Literature
Department of Journalism and English organized a national conference on ‘Narratives in Media and Literature on February 7, 2017. Mr. Sugata Srinivasaraju, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Sunohscapes Radio Foundation was the Chief Guest and the Dr. Etienne Rassendren, Associate Professor, St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru was the Guests of Honor; Ms. Andaleeb Wajid, Writer and Creative Facilitator,; Mr. Joshy Mathews, Communications Consultant and Trainer. The conference witnessed flocking of academicians and researchers with representation from 18 institutions, 43 participants from four states where 37 participants presented their papers in the conference on diverse topics related to media and literature. The conference was very useful as it was very interactive.

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