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Symposium: Amateur Creativity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

May 29, 2015

A two-day symposium on Amateur Creativity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives is to be held at the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, Millburn House, University of Warwick, UK on Thursday 17th – Friday 18th September 2015. 

Amateur creativity is enjoying renewed vitality in the twenty-first century, reflecting deep cultural changes. Amateur performers, critics, authors and musicians can reach global audiences through blogs, youtube, ebooks and many other forms of social media, a cultural practice set to increase as digital technology becomes increasingly accessible. There is a revival of interest in folk art and craft, with some amateur bakers, knitters and gardeners becoming TV celebrities and others turning their skills to guerrilla performance, slow art or political activism. Organisations that have long supported amateur creativity, such as the Women’s Institute, The National Allotment Society, The Embroiders Guild and National Operatic and Dramatic Society are thriving, with many gaining new and younger members. Diasporic communities often maintain links with the cultural traditions and heritage of ‘home’ through craft and different forms of performance, many of which exist outside the boundaries associated with professional activity in the West. Amateur creativity in the twenty-first century is redefining what it means to be a professional, with profound cultural consequences. 

In the academy there is a resurgence of interest in amateur creativity, regarded as a vital alternative to the commodified creative industries and to forms of cultural practice that reflect only the tastes of the metropolitan élite.  At the same time, the parameters of professional researcher are becoming porous, as amateur researchers are encouraged to gather data, shape research agendas and become co-producers of knowledge. The twenty-first century is set to loosen the idea of amateurism from its association with the ‘unprofessional’, and to reassert the significance of amateur creativity to communities, individuals and the wider ecologies of cultural participation. 

This inter-disciplinary symposium aims to challenge perceptions of amateur creativity and contribute to debates about the cultural significance of the amateur through a consideration of key themes including: the boundaries between the amateur and professional, everyday creativity, methodological issues, amateur creativity and craft, amateur creativity and subjectivity, making spaces for creativity and the histories and heritage of amateur creativity. The symposium will include research presentations from a number of fields including cultural geography, film, media, cultural policy, dance, theatre and visual culture from a range of historical and international perspectives. 

There is no registration fee for this symposium and lunches/refreshments will be provided, however, delegates need to register for the event and will be asked to arrange and cover their own travel and accommodation. Please note that the nearest train station to the campus is in Coventry. 

To register for the symposium please visit:
This event has been organised as part of the AHRC-funded project Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space (

CFP: The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium

May 29, 2015

Led by renowned comic writers Leah and Alan Moore, The Electricomics project launched in May 2014 with funding from The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Now, as the project nears the conclusion of its initial research and development stage, we seek to establish a new academic symposium through which to share our findings and expand discussion and debate around the field of digital comics research.

The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium will be held at The University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 14th October 2015. As part of this symposium participants are sought to present papers across a wide range of topics that relate to comics scholarship and digital media. Appropriate subject areas include:

·         New and emergent digital comic forms and technologies.

·         Changes to the underlying structures of the form as a result of digital mediation.

·         Crossovers, adaptation and hybridisation between comics and other digital media.

·         Acts of reading and the impact of digital mediation.

·         Aesthetic and literary analysis of digital comic narratives.

·         Digital distribution, changes in the industry and the threat of piracy.

·         Webcomics, widening readerships, minority voices and fan cultures.

·         Multimodality and comics relationship with larger transmedia narratives.

Other areas relevant to the study of digital comics will also be considered. Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes in length should be submitted via e-mail to Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and Alison Gazzard at by Monday 27th July 2015. If you have any questions about the symposium or need clarification on any aspect of this call for participation, please also contact us via the above e-mail address.

About Electricomics

The focus of the Electricomics project has been the creation of a new digital comic anthology app and an open source toolkit for the creation of digital comics. Towards this goal, the project has examined how the language, tropes and production processes of traditional comics are impacted by digital technologies.  Our research has also explored how an easy to use and openly available toolset might facilitate content creation both in the comics sector and amongst a wider arts community.

Electricomics is collaborative project between arts, technology and research partners. Arts partner Orphans of The Storm was founded by comic writer Alan Moore and film director and producer Mitch Jenkins. Technology partner Ocasta studios are responsible for the creation of the Electricomics app and comic creation toolset. The research partners on the project are Alison Gazzard from the London Knowledge Lab at the UCL Institute of Education and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts.

The Comic Electric is a joint symposium between three of the School of Creative Art’s research groups; TVAD (Theorising Visual Arts and Design), G+VERL (Games and Visual Effects Research Lab) and The Media Research Group. It is held in conjunction with the DARE (Digital Arts Research Education) research centre at the UCL Institute of Education.

About the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

The Digital R&D fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. It is a partnership between Arts Council England (, Arts and Humanities Research Council ( and Nesta (

We want to see projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. With a dedicated researcher or research team as part of the three-way collaboration, learning from the project can be captured and disseminated to the wider arts sector. Every project needs to identify a particular question or problem that can be tested. Importantly this question needs to generate knowledge for other arts organisations that they can apply to their own digital strategies.

Call for Papers – Going Viral: The Changing Faces of (Inter)Media Culture

May 18, 2015

Call for Papers: Frames Cinema Journal 

Going Viral: The Changing Faces of (Inter)Media Culture

Guest Editor: Dr William Brown (University of Roehampton)

In the age of social media, signs of an ever-growing online culture permeate contemporary media aesthetics, discourses and practices in a way that re-shapes understandings of representation and communication, thereby breaking frames and challenging traditional definitions of cinema. Developments in the production, distribution and reception of moving images range from video-sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo to the growing presence of crowd-funded works within the festival circuit (i.e. Iron Sky) to the emergence of specific mobile (phone) festivals. As we are increasingly consuming moving images on digital devices and mobile screens, we have entered what Nanna Verhoeff calls a “visual regime of navigation”—a guiding principle which defines our creative interaction with screen interfaces, and which, according to Francesco Casetti, provokes the “relocation” of cinema itself.

Within this vast participatory network, not only “users” but also various media forms aesthetically influence and interact with each other, thereby creating a complex referential system that allows for the instant propagation of information. This encourages fan based culture, stimulates discussion and even allows for ways to avoid censorship, as seen with Leslee Udwin’s controversial documentary India’s Daughter (2015). Digital forms and practices have also affected the shape academic reflections take, promoting  new forms of analysis such as the video essay and the increased call for more creative and interactive forms of presentation. As the practice of sharing texts, images and videos online provokes and multiplies reactions on a global scale, it can be defined as contagious—enabling any possible content to “go viral.”

 In the 2015 fall issue of Frames we would like to explore the palpable effects of this ‘contagiousness’ on media culture. Topics may include but are not limited to:

–       The influence of New Media on low budget / no budget filmmaking and studio advertising strategies

–       Piracy and copyright issues

–       Online film reception and its influence on fan culture

–       Changes in film and media studies through online scholarship, digital humanities and social media

–       Modifications in cultural participation (festival blogs, online polls, the creation of specific online communities)

The issue will be guest-edited by Dr William Brown (University of Roehampton), author of Supercinema: Film-Philosophy for the Digital Age (Berghahn 2013) and a zero-budget filmmaker, whose films include En Attendant Godard (2009), Selfie (2014) and The New Hope (2015).

We seek full article submissions for our features section (5,000-7,000 words) and our POV section (1,000-3,000 words) as well as video contributions enquiring the proposed topics. Video submissions may be sent to the editors in the form of a link using an online streaming source (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).

 All submissions (including a brief biographical note) should be sent by 14 September, 2015, to:


Eileen Rositzka and Amber Shields (editors-in-chief)


 Notification will follow by 14 October, 2015.

 About Frames

Frames Cinema Journal, based at the University of St Andrews, is an online biannual publication offering a space for cutting edge research and ongoing discussions among media scholars and those interested in intellectual discussions about the ever changing frames of the field.

CFP: Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, Fan Cultures and Geographies of the Imagination

May 1, 2015

Editors: William Proctor (Bournemouth University) & Richard McCulloch (Regent’s University London)

Foreword by Mark J.P. Wolf

Writing for the New York Times, A.O. Scott states that ‘today there are hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people whose grasp of the history, politics and mythological traditions of entirely imaginative places could surely qualify them for an advanced degree’ (2002).

However, as Mark J.P. Wolf remarks, such ‘imaginary worlds, which rank among the most elaborate mediated entities, have been largely overlooked in Media Studies despite a history spanning three millennia’ (2012: 2). Wolf’s Building Imaginary Worlds and Michael Saler’s As If (2012) are certainly illustrative of a turning point in the study of world-building across media platforms, but research to date has tended to restrict itself to understanding how ‘geographies of the imagination’ (Saler, 2012: 4) function at the level of text. The relationship between these worlds and those who engage with them – the knowledgeable people to whom Scott refers – has yet to be explored in significant detail.

Accordingly, this special section of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies invites contributions that focus on the various ways in which audiences explore, interpret and respond to imaginary worlds.

What are the most significant features of these fictional spaces and places for the world-explorers themselves? How do audiences navigate and negotiate concepts of canon and continuity, and to what extent these impact on engagement and enjoyment? Do audiences ‘rummage for micro-data,’ as Bordwell puts it, and, if so, through what methods and means is this achieved? How do audiences feel about reboots, retcons, and other narratives that may contradict, disregard or alter pre-established continuities?

We are interested in articles that engage with audiences as opposed to speculative accounts or textual analyses – research that maps specific communities and their rich relationships with world-building. Materials in circulation, as in web forums and the like, can be utilized, as can audience research conducted by the researcher. If building an argument about how audiences might respond, researchers should consider how to test and verify their claims. We would also welcome proposals for methodological articles that address the practical and/or ethical challenges raised by this kind of research.

Subjects may vary considerably – this list is not exhaustive and the editors welcome proposals that fit within the widest possible purview of this project. Similarly, this should not indicate any single medium but any medium (or combination of media) that engages with story-worlds and world-building: examples include prose fiction, comic books, TV, film, theme parks, and any other that meets the requirements of this special section.

Examples of imaginary worlds may include (but are certainly not limited to):

Lego; Coronation Street; Fifty Shades of Grey; Star Wars; Star Trek; Eastenders; Game of Thrones; Tolkien; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Comic Book Multiverses/Universes; China Mieville; the Alien universe; The Simpsons; Twin Peaks; Jurassic Park; Discworld; the Marvel (Cinematic) Universe; Grey’s Anatomy; Ghostbusters.

The deadline for abstracts of 300 words is 26th June 2015, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out the week commencing 6th July.

First drafts will be due by November 1st 2015, with publication scheduled for May 2016. Following peer-review, final draft deadline will be April 1st 2016. Email abstracts to both editors: William Proctor (, and Richard McCulloch (>)

Tourism: Visuality and Memory

April 13, 2015

Tourism: Visuality and Memory.
An interdisciplinary conference

University of Plymouth 3 – 5thAugust 2-015

Call for papers

From the early days of the Grand Tour and the collecting of paintings and drawings, to the advent of the first still and movie cameras, via postcards, travel posters and travel documentaries to our contemporary use of digital cameras, camcorders, camera phones and travel blogs, tourism has always been intertwined with the technology of visual imagery. The use of such technology is more than a means to simply record and remember events and places, as it is embedded in complex social practices that encompass notions of both private and cultural memory as much as the creation and consumption of leisure time/spaces.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to examine the relationship between tourism, personal and cultural memory and the technologies of visual imagery in a number of interrelated ways: first, to focus on the social practices involved in the production and consumption of tourist imagery in both contemporary and historical contexts; and secondly, to address the relationship between public and private memory and tourist imagery, and thirdly, to address the use of visual methods in tourism research.

Possible themes include film and TV tourism, including documentaries and films about tourism; the ways in which the visual informs tourist behaviour; the use of personal photographs, home movies and videos; the use of digital images in travel blogs; using photography and video as a research method; analysing photo and film archives and tourism history; analysing postcards and visual memorabilia such as travel posters and other ephemera.

We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines including filmmakers/video producers and photographers who have focussed on tourism or who have worked with the tourism industry in the production of visual promotional material.

Submissions:  Abstracts of no more than 250 words can be submitted to members of the organising committee by June 5th

In addition we strongly encourage people to offer works for screening and exhibition as well as posters, for further details please send an outline of you proposed exhibition/screening to Kevin Meethan / Graham Busby

Organising Committee:

Kevin Meethan           Plymouth University

Hazel Andrews           Liverpool John Moore’s

Graham Busby            Plymouth University

Les Roberts                 Liverpool University

Matthew Pontin       Fotonow, Plymouth

Film Tourism Workshop

April 2, 2015

On May 15th 2015, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is delighted to host a one day workshop on Developing Film Tourism: Theory and Practice. 

This workshop brings together academics and industry professionals in order to enhance our understanding of film tourism and to consider the resonances it has with other forms of tourism, such as festival, heritage, dark, and medical tourisms. 

Full details, including full abstracts and speaker information, and info on how to register, are available at the link below:

You can also find us on facebook:

Chelsea Birks
PhD Student, Film and Television Studies

Punk Scholars Network 2nd Annual Conference and Postgraduate Symposium 2015

March 26, 2015

In Association with Birmingham City University, The Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research and the London College of Communication.


Following the dynamic emergence of punk in the UK, USA and Europe in the 1970s, the subculture spread widely. As punk and new wave gained commercial and critical success, together with an attractive notoriety, it soon began an ongoing journey around the globe – both as a product and as an ideology. Punk, then, despite its omnipresence in contemporary underground and popular cultures, is clearly more than legacy music. More than forty years after the proto-punk progenitors of Detroit and New York unconsciously launched an underground revolution, to continue what some of the 60’s and 70’s anarchic counter culture propagated, and after untold premature obituaries, it appears that punk – in terms of music, philosophy, and identity – remains in rude health.

Punk scenes continue to thrive as far afield as Russia, South America, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia – 2011 saw the first official record release from a Saudi Arabian punk band, Sound of Ruby, while other scenes have established their mark in Madagascar, Algeria, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, even Tibet and the Himalayas. Meanwhile, nearer to home, an underground punk scene never actually went away and continues to ‘mutate and survive’– ranging from the continued support for longstanding bands and scenes, to the network of emerging small-scale gigs, fanzines, music distribution, (sub)cultural and political activities of a truly cross-generational subculture.

This joint conference and postgraduate symposium seeks to illuminate the current landscape of contemporary punk in all of its global, musical, political and (sub) cultural manifestations. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to)

·        International/national contemporary punk scenes and networks

·        Contemporary punk and politics

·        Contemporary punk and gender

·        Subcultural scenes, tribes and neo-tribes informed/influenced by punk

·        Contemporary punk identity

·        The Design and Aesthetics of Contemporary Punk

·        Contemporary punk fanzines and digital publishing

·        Ageing in a contemporary punk scene

·        The old and the new; inter/intra generational scenes, retro scenes, controversy and tensions.

·        Fan practices in contemporary punk;

·        Contemporary punk as resistance

·        Contemporary punk music: Musicology, performance, new genres and hybridization

·        Punk commodities and consumerism: From the role of the boutique to the online punk distro

·        Contemporary punk and digital media; digital production, distribution and consumption. DiY media, YouTube, social media.

·        Punk for Sale: New genres and hybrid musical developments in punk musical aesthetics

The programme will consist of keynote speakers (tbc) and a number of thematically grouped panels for both academics and postgraduates.  By creating a dual purpose to the conference the Punk Scholars Network aims to bring together established academics and the next generation of punk scholars in a supportive and colloquial environment, which we hope will encourage networking opportunities, ideas exchange and potential future research collaborations.

Post graduates and graduates can present work-in-progress papers on their PhD thesis, Master’s dissertation or graduate dissertation.

Alongside this the organisers plan to have an art exhibition exploring the visual identity of contemporary punk and live music from Birmingham’s resilient punk scene.

Each paper should last no more than 20 minutes and proposals should be submitted in the form of an abstract of c.250 words. All proposal submissions should also include:

§  Full title of the paper

§  Full name, contact details, 150 word biography and institutional affiliation

§  Your academic status-post graduate/graduate or ‘established’ academic (this is for the purpose of panel allocation)

§  Any requirements (projector, CD/DVD player, OHP, etc)

Deadline for receipt of proposals/abstracts is 31st June 2015.

Proposals should be sent in the form of an abstract as an  e-mail attachment

The conference programme will be announced in September 2015.

The conference and symposium is scheduled to take place at Birmingham City University either 29th/30th of October 2015 or 5th/6th November 2015 (TBC).

It is intended that a book of conference proceedings will published.

Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

March 22, 2015

Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

Edited by Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London

Heralded by The Telegraph as a ‘global phenomenon,’ BBC’s Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet’s 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William Gillette in his only screen appearance as the famous sleuth, makes it especially timely for film scholars, students, and audiences to reassess the cultural legacy of Holmes onscreen. Forthcoming work by Hills (2016) and Poore (2016) argue strongly for Holmes as a continuing source of scholarly interest, spurring us to look at Holmes’ filmic lives.

This special issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television will bring together original scholarship on Holmes adaptations. This collection will draw upon, and build on, recent work on Holmes’ reception by Porter (2012), Vanacker and Wynne (2012), and Stein and Busse (2012), and on Holmes’ early readers and viewers by Clarke (2014) and Werner (2014) by historicizing and by exploring manifestations of Holmes in films and on television. Holmes Onscreen (tentative title) will analyze the reasons behind Holmes’ continuing fascination for viewers and examine their treatments of a wide range of social issues including race, gender, terrorism, and international relations. This special issue will expand upon the conversations that began in New Directions in Sherlock, a one-day symposium organized by Tom Ue and held at University College London. We encourage new historical, theoretical, analytical, and critical perspectives on Holmesian adaptations, both the canonical and the neglected, with a view of furthering scholarship both about the character and about his persistence in filmic imagination.

Sample topics:

Holmes and women
Holmes and men
Holmes and the world
Holmes and the form of detective writing
Holmes and fear
Holmes and doubt
Sherlock and Holmes
Holmes in black and white
Holmes and comedy
Holmes and the neo-Victorians
William Gillette and Holmes
Holmes and Raffles
Holmes in theatre and film
Holmes and the family film
Holmes’ reception

Please note that papers that involve only literature/film and/or literature/television comparisons will not be considered. Please direct your queries and your 200-word working abstract, along with a one-paragraph biography, to Tom Ue at by 15 July, and feedback will be returned by 20 July. Completed papers of no more than 25 double-spaced and MLA-styled pages are due 15 November, whence they will be sent out for peer review.

Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies

March 19, 2015

Special themed issue – Inside-the-scenes: The rise of experiential cinema

Guest Editors: Sarah Atkinson and Helen W. Kennedy, University of Brighton

In recent years, there has been a growing trend toward the creation of a cinema that escapes beyond the boundaries of the auditorium whereby film-screenings are augmented by synchronous live performance, site-specific locations, technological intervention[1], social media engagement, and all manner of simultaneous interactive moments including singing[2], dancing, eating, drinking[3] and smelling[4].  Whilst recognizing that these experiences are not radically new (some belong in a continuum of peripheral marketing around film screenings that have existed since early cinema) we do now see these previously marginal experiences (i.e.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show) beginning to find access to a much wider public, and a significant rise in organisations dedicated to the design and delivery of augmented cinematic main events (such as Secret Cinema[5] and Sneaky Experience). We would like to make the distinction between the focus of this CFP – which is directed toward the study of ‘event-led’ cinema – the creation of live events around a particular film screening, and its contrasting proposition – ‘event cinema’ – thecoverage of live events in cinema auditoriums (such as sport, opera and theatre – around which there is already much lively academic discussion, and an organization established to support such activities[6]). This CFP is situated with the context of a growing demand for atmospheric, immersive and participatory cinematic experiences and the recent turn towards event-led distribution models, within a burgeoning experience economy. This area presents a fertile site for analysis and one that remains relatively untapped within past and current academic literature. This special issue aims to bring together the latest audience research into these areas to interrogate and explore the experiential cinema economy and to provide deepened understandings of recent immersive cinema phenomena through the analysis of both industrial and audience perspectives; to reveal economic, social and technological imperatives which underpin these innovations; and to evolve new conceptual frameworks and language of analyses suitable for their study.

The editors are particularly interested in encouraging submissions from a range of research contexts and from a diversity of methodological approaches. We are happy to receive submissions from a variety of disciplines such as film, media, games, theatre & social media studies. We are keen to encourage submissions from work that has combined multiple methodologies leading to innovations in audience research. Contributions will be welcomed, but are not limited to, articles addressing the following questions or areas of enquiry:

·      To what extent do these experiences extend and intensify narrative affect, heighten spectatorial absorption and enable vicarious audience engagement?

·      How are non-fictional augmentations such as cast and crew satellite link-ups to Q&A staged in order to engage an audience with a greater expectations of interactivity?

·      What new business models are emerging? At recent film festival events, industry talk and focus has turned to ‘eventising’. This is high on the agenda of an industry seeking to evolve new business models which address an apparent audience demand for enhanced and/or augmented experiences.  

·      How do such experiences embrace or challenge existing fan practices including cosplay?

·      How are the relations and tensions between the experience economy and the social media economy played out within these experiences?  (i.e. participation in events engendered by the experience economy  provide audience members who are engaged in the social media economy with the fodder with which to sustain their voracious social media streams)

·      How far can these augmented cinematic events be understood with recourse to a wider understanding of a shift in focus towards the design of experiences and multiple points of access around key (and often much loved) intellectual properties?

·      Where do the boundaries of the filmic-text, traditionally the key site for analysis in film studies, begin and end within immersive and participatory cinema experiences?

While we expect that not every submission will include any specific kind of audience research, we would welcome submissions that address the implications their investigations and arguments have for audience experience.

Please submit 500-word abstracts along with 100-word author biographies to both :

Sarah Atkinson: Helen Kennedy:

·      Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 5thMay, 2015

·      Decisions issued to authors: w/b 1st June, 2015

·      Deadline for full papers: Tuesday 1st September, 2015

·      Journal publication: May 2016

Please see journal information including submission guidelines at:

[1] The first 4DX cinema opened in the UK earlier this year in Milton Keynes, UK.

[2] See

[3] Last year, Edible Cinema delivered a screening of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, using ‘taste, aroma and texture to heighten the viewers’ sensory experience of the film’s most famous scenes.’

[4] Polyester, the 1981 John Waters film was recently re-screened at 35 UK cinemas, in the way that it was originally intended, accompanied by audience interaction with the Odorama ‘Scratch n’ Sniff’ cards, as part of the National Scalarama film festival.

[5] The editors have themselves carried out extensive analyses of Secret Cinema, see bothAtkinson, S. and Kennedy, H. (2015):

–        Tell no one: Cinema as game-space – Audience participation, performance and play, G|A|M|E: The Italian Journal of Game Studies, 5/2015

–        Not so secret cinema: when independent immersive cinematic events go mainstream, SCMS conference, Montreal, March 2015

[6] The Event Cinema Association seeks to support and promote event cinema – see

MeCCSA 2016 Conference – Call for Papers

March 19, 2015

6-8 January 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University

Theme: Communities

Deadline for proposals: 8 September 2015

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts, panel proposals and 
posters for the next Annual MeCCSA Conference, to be held 6-8 January 
2016 at the School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church 
University, Canterbury, UK.

The theme of the MeCCSA 2016 is ‘Communities’. We invite papers and 
panel proposals that address this theme, examining how we might advance thinking on for example: communities in the digital age; communities and the commons; communities and cultures; communities on the margins; local and community media; politics and policies of communities; community engagement and cohesion; inclusion and exclusion in communities; communities and the past; media, cultural and communication practices of different types of communities.

We also welcome scholarly papers, panels, practice contributions, film 
screenings, and posters across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA and its networks, including, but not limited to:

·         Film and television studies and practice

·         Radio studies and practice

·         Cultural and media policy

·         Representation, identity, ideology

·         Social movements

·         Women’s Media Studies

·         Disability Studies within media studies

·         Approaches to media pedagogy

·         Children, young people and media

·         Diasporic and ethnic minority media

·         Political communication

·         Methodological approaches

·         MeCCSA subject areas as disciplines

Confirmed plenary speakers

Confirmed speakers that will participate in keynote panels include:

·         Professor Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam

·         Professor Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London

·         Dr Peter Lewis, London Metropolitan University

·         Professor Robin Mansell, London School of Economics

·         Sara Moseley, Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Development 
Director, Cardiff University

·         Jeremy Seabrook, Author and Journalist

·         Professor Helena Sousa, University of Minho

·         Hilary Wainwright, Journalist and Researcher, Transnational 

·         Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen

Submission guidelines

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted by 8 September 2015 through the conference website ( We also welcome panel proposals and these should include a short description and rationale (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), together with the name and contact details of the panel proposer. The panel proposer should co-ordinate the submissions for that panel as a single proposal.


We actively support the presentation of practice-as-research, in particular when there is insufficient time to present a complete work during parallel sessions. We are therefore providing a dedicated 
presentation space to display practice artefacts including screenings, 
computer-based and multi-screen work (where possible). For displaying  practice work, please include specific technical data (eg duration, format) and an URL pointing to any support material when submitting your abstract.

Conference contacts:


Email address:

Twitter: @meccsa2016

We look forward to seeing you in Canterbury!

About MeCCSA

MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education. The field encompasses the study of audiovisual and print media including film and TV; journalism; radio; photography; creative writing; publishing; interactive media and the web. The field also includes higher education for media practice and 
practice research – film and TV production, journalism practice, and the use of new, digital information technologies in the arts, entertainment, 
social media and gaming. For further information please see:

About Canterbury

Canterbury is an important historical city in the south east of England, one hour by train from London. The conference will be held on the main 
campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, which is part of the 
Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site. The University has offered degrees in media and related subjects since 1980.  The School of Media, Art and Design currently provides undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in media and communication, journalism, film, television, radio, animation, photography, digital media, web design, graphic design and fine and applied art. The School has a strong ethos of theory-practice interchange and an interdisciplinary research culture. The School runs the Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures and is a leading player in the Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts.


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