The Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Center held their 27th Annual Conference at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand last June 17 to 19, 2019. Aiming to discuss how technology and the internet affects the way humans communicate and relate, the theme of this year’s conference was Are You Human? Communication, Technology & New Humanism. Scholars and academicians from various Asian countries flew Thailand for annual conference.
Two research papers by Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BACOM) graduates were presented during the conference. Melissa Chloe Aquino, BACOM Batch 2018, presented her undergraduate thesis paper, titled “Discipling through New Media Communications: The Uses and Gratifications of Christ’s Commission Fellowship’s `Skypleship.’” Recent graduates, Eliana Marie Lorenzo and Angelica Janelle Jareño, BACOM Batch 2019, also presented their undergraduate thesis paper, titled “Dialects of Coming Out: Interpersonal Communication Strategies Filipino Transgender Individuals Use with their Friends and Family in coming out.” Other than its graduates, Department of Communication Professors also took part in the conference.
Research writing and Journalism Professor, Ms. Therese San Diego-Torres, M.A., along with her colleague, Mr. Ramon Tuazon, presented their paper titled “Teaching Media and Information Literacy to the Youth in the Face of Post-truth: Testing Cognitive Biases, Detecting Disinformation and Misinformation.” Dr. Ma. Margarita A. Acosta, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Communication Professor, moderated the parallel sessions on Cyber wellness: Promoting Balanced Offline and Online Lives. The Chairperson of the Department, Ms. Lynda Catindig – Garcia, M.A. also moderated a session on Building an EnGendered Media Setting.
The AMIC Annual conference was previously held in Miriam College. It is an annual affair that attracts over 500 students, researchers, academicians and communication practitioners all over Asia.