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Inclusivity, Convergence and Alternative Negotiations– ICAN5


Inclusivity encompasses a system in which equal access to opportunities and resources is ensured for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized. People with physical or mental disabilities or those belonging to linguistic, cultural, religious and racial minorities form the marginalized sections. Children with no access to education and women with no dignity in society also fall in the category of marginalized people.

To make the society inclusive, we need to generate and promote thoughtful and respectful content. Both the conventional and alternative media entities should provide increasing space to diverse voices and work for reducing cultural and other biases in their functioning and content generation.

Inclusion is mentioned often together with the terms ‘diversity’, ‘equity’, ‘representation’ and more recently also ‘belonging’. It is the responsibility of both the professional journalists and the citizen journalists to give voice to those voices which are traditionally left out of the media spectrum.


Knowledge, technology, and society as well as natural systems are increasingly coherent and complex, and new systems are continuously formed at their interfaces. Convergence is a problem-solving strategy to holistically understand, create, and transform a system for reaching a common goal, such as advancing an emerging technology in society. The systems may be either in natural, scientific, technological, economic, or societal settings.

Media is passing through a critical phase of convergence which has got accelerated with the advent of internet and is now being pushed by artificial intelligence and virtual reality. The process of media convergence started with Smartphone while internet served as a platform of democratizing information, thereby breaking the barriers and empowering the people. This process has become faster with immersive media technologies which have encouraged diversity in content and presentation with wider choices to end receivers.


Negotiations carry the meaning of discussion, discourse, brainstorming or exchange of ideas. So, alternative negotiations will mean discussions on alternative thoughts and opinions. This can be broadly interpreted as availability of space to multiple and even contradictory thoughts and expressions. This also ensures space to resistance and dissenting viewpoints which is so essential for a vibrant democracy and inclusive society.

At the same time, the term alternative negotiations is referred to alternative media forums in this technology age – alternative media encompassing digital media and varied social media platforms. The spread of these media tools has helped in creating an inclusive, equitable and representative society.


4 Years Of ICAN : At A Glance

DME Media School, Delhi Metropolitan Education has organized four consecutive international media conferences ICAN successfully in a span of four years. Right from second edition, ICAN is being conducted in collaboration with Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia and this time also it is happening the same way.

Collaborations and Partnerships

DME Media School believes in collaborations and it has been partnering with so many universities and national-international institutions for this conference. In ICAN-4, Institute for International Journalism, Ohio University, US joined the conference as International Partner. Four Indian universities – Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal, K R Mangalam University, Gurugram, Gauhati University, Guwahati and Adamas University, Kolkata along with Vigyan Prasar under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India also partnered with the conference as Knowledge Partner/Academic Partner. The media partner was The Policy Times.

The eleventh-hour support of the ICSSR to ICAN-4 boosted our morale as organizers. The panels of the conference were supported by two Australia based organizations. Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network (AMCSN) and Australia India Film Practitioners and Researchers Network (AIFPRN). The conference was powered by Students with Positive Attitude and Resonating Communication (SPARC), the student council of DME Media School.

Themes of ICAN conferences

The first edition of ICAN – India and Changing Aspects of News was organized on March 9 – 11, 2018, the second edition of ICAN – Indian Cinema and Alternate Networks was held on November 16, 17 and 18, 2018 and the third edition of ICAN – Issues of Community, Agenda and News was conducted from June 21 to 30, 2020.

The fourth edition was conducted on the theme ICAN – Information Communication and Artificial Networks from July 1 to 10, 2021. The fifth edition is scheduled on the theme Inclusivity, Convergence and Alternative Negotiations on July 1 – 7, 2022.

ICAN in Physical, Online and Hybrid Mode

The first two editions of ICAN took place in physical mode on DME campus and India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. Both ICAN-3 and ICAN-4 took place in the online mode in view of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, imposition of national and state-level lockdowns, restrictions on international flights and ban on most of the activities during 2020 – 2021. Both the third and the fourth editions of the conference turned out to be the world’s first 10-day digital live international conferences.

The fifth edition of ICAN is being held in hybrid mode in which a few session will be conducted in physical space while other session will be online.

ICAN for creating storehouse of knowledge

For DME Media School the objective of a conference is creating storehouse of knowledge for the use of media educators, trainers, researchers and the students. In the first edition of ICAN we produced 4 books, 3 in English and 1 in Hindi. In the second edition of ICAN, we came out with 5 books, 4 in English and 1 in Hindi. In the third edition, 5 English books and 1 Hindi book were taken out. In the fourth edition, 5 books are being published.

In ICAN-1, 172 abstracts/papers were submitted and 118 papers were selected for publication in 4 books – 3 in English and 1 in Hindi. These books included Nationalism, Ethnicity and Media Ethics [ISBN- 978-81-934480-5-2], Liberty, Dignity and Change in Journalism [ISBN- 978-81-934480-7-6], Fake News, Paid News and Media Trial [ISBN- 978-81-934480-8-3] and Hindi book Badalte Daur Ki Patrakarita [ISBN- 978-81-934480-6-9].

In ICAN-2, 127 abstracts/papers were submitted and 105 papers were selected for publication in 5 books – 4 in English and 1 in Hindi. These books included World Cinema and Alternate Networks [ISBN 978-81-937070-9-8], Bollywood Women and Indian Society [ISBN 978-81-937070-7-4], Indian Cinema-Filmic Content, Social Interface and New Technologies [ISBN 978-81-8457-863-8], Changing Trends of Indian Cinema [ISBN 978-81-937070-8-1] and Hindi book Bhartiya Hindi Cinema Aur Samajik Chetna [ISBN 978-81-8457-865-2].  

In ICAN-3, 202 abstracts/papers were submitted and 141 papers were selected for publication in 6 books – 5 in English and 1 in Hindi. These books included Social Media Digital Streaming and Cinema [SBN 978-93-89484-48-9], CAA, Corona Fake News and Ethics [ISBN 978-93-89484-46-5], Media Narratives Agenda Setting and Politics [ISBN 978-93-89484-47-2], Gender Discourse and Youth in Media [ISBN 978-93-89484-49-6], Environment and Health Communication [ISBN 978-93-89484-50-2] and Hindi book Samachar, TV, Web aur Social Media (News, TV, Web and Social Media) – [ISBN 978-93-89484-55-7[.

In ICAN-4, 62 papers have been selected for publication in  5 books – 4 in English and 1 in Hindi. These books include Cinema and OTT Wave [ISBN 978-93-91450-40-3], COVID-19 Impact and Fake News [ISBN 978-93-91450-41-0], Artificial Intelligence and Digital World [ISBN 978-93-91450-42-7], Advertising, Gender and Social Media [ISBN 978-93-91450-47-2] and Hindi book Suchna aur Sanchar ke Naye Aayam (New Aspects of Information and Communication) – [ISBN 978-93-91450-47-5].

In a period of four years, DME Media School has succeeded in the publication of 426 content-rich papers in 20 books. Thus, Delhi Metropolitan Education has contributed towards creating storehouse of precious knowledge on subjects of journalism, mass communication and mass media. All these books have been published by Kanishka Publishers, Distributors, New Delhi. This publication house specialises on mass communication and media subjects.