CfP: Love and Relationships in the Media

Yet another international conference I’d love to present at. I either need to get myself a travel budget or stop reading calls for papers:

International conference on Media and Popular Culture


Vienna, Austria

CFP for Panel ‘Love and Relationships in the Media’

Contemporary media often include content on love and relationships; however, it is difficult to determine how media see love and relationships. In that, media sometimes show love and relationships in a way that makes it difficult to determine where love stops, and erotica and pornography begin. Violence in relationships, as well as loneliness and impossibility to find an appropriate person seem to dominate media content. Media also significantly engage into famous break ups that are often subject of extensive media content where intimacy of the couple that is separating is being exposed to local or global audiences. Nonetheless, TV shows such as Ally McBeal introduced the concept of ‘quirkyalone’ that seems to dominate the media content when it comes to relationships.

To what extent are these messages true representatives of the reality? Are we truly turning towards being ‘quirkyalone’ whether by our own choices or because of the situation? What is the role of the media in creating expected roles in relationships and defining love

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following topics:

Representation of love in the media

Representation of relationships in the media

Violence and relationships in the media

Loneliness in the media

Quirkyalone concept in the media

Breaking up in the media

Intimacy in the media

TV shows and representation of love and relationships

Pornography and erotica in the media

Love and relationships in Western versus Middle Eastern media

Male and female roles in relationships portrayal in the media

Paper proposals should be sent to by 5th May 2014. Conference will take place between 30th and 31st May 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

The Centre established a peer review journal (Journal of Culture and Religion /, and working paper series ( Conference papers will be considered for publication. We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers and practitioners.

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

Conference fee is EUR 290 and it includes

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Certificate of attendance

Meals and drinks during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a private institution registered in Croatia. The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants. All information is available at our website:

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