Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory

The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) invites submission of abstracts for its 11th Annual Postgraduate Conference. The conference theme is ‘Global Interdependence: Knowledge, Experience and Theory’, and it will take place at the Institute of Communications Studies on June 23-24, 2014.

The last decade in the field of cultural, media, and communications studies has seen the emergence of increasing discussions around the idea of “Global” broadly conceived. Globalization, post-colonialism, neo-liberalism, digital convergence, development: all are concepts that have infused the debates in the field and which point to the many challenges of studying a world seemingly more connected yet still deeply unequal. Binary and polarized categories have notably dominated these academic discussions: homogeneity vs. heterogeneity, changes vs. continuities, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism, optimism vs. pessimism, structure vs. agency, domination vs. empowerment. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, media and communication research engaging with the global needs to assess to what extent these binaries still hold or whether they in fact provide a good framework to understand this increasing interdependence. It is these debates that will be at the heart of this year’s MeCCSA-PGN conference. The conference will provide a platform for exchange of knowledge, theory, and experiences across the globe and therefore hopes to foster mutual connections and learning across borders, identities, and beliefs.

Masters and PhD students, as well as early stage postdoctoral researchers, are invited to share their work on any topic relating to film and television, journalism, radio, photography, creative writing, cultural studies, publishing, interactive media, cultural and creative industries, the web and related areas. Proposals from other disciplines that engage with media, communication or cultural practices are equally welcome. We also welcome scholarly papers and practice contributions across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA.

Keynote speakers include:

The conference will be organized around the following thematic panels, each hosted by a specialist in the field from ICS:

  • Political Communications
  • Cultural Industries
  • Media Policy
  • Queer Perspectives
  • Critical Theory of the Media
  • Music (Industries)
  • International Communications
  • Media Production
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Journalism
  • Visual Communications
  • Film
  • Public Relations
  • Cultural Value
  • Culture and Sustainability
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • Citizenship and Communication

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent no later than 1st March 2014 to meccsapg2014@leeds.ac.uk. Please include with your abstract:

  • The panel(s) to which you are submitting a proposal.
  • Your name, contact details, institutional affiliation and year of study;
  • Title and topic of research, including method(s) used;
  • Up to five keywords, which will help the reviewers classify your proposal;
  • Technical requirements for the presentation;

For proposals involving practice research, please ensure that you send preview material (up to 5 minutes) with the abstract. A prize of £250 will be awarded for the best full paper that is submitted by 1st June 2014. The MeCCSA PGN executive committee will select the winner.

The conference will have a special emphasis on postgraduate training, and we plan to offer a diverse programme of workshops and seminars. We are now in the process of organising these, and would like to hear what sessions would be most useful to MeCCSA PGN members, so feel free to contact us with suggestions.

Information about registration, accommodation and travel will be made available on the ICS website and on the MeCCSA-PGN site. To receive the latest updates in the lead up to the conference, follow us on Facebook.

The registration fee is £45 including conference materials, lunches, coffee and wine reception. We are able to provide two bursaries in the form of a fee waiver and a lump sum contribution of £125 towards travel expenses. Should you be in need of financial assistance, please provide a personal statement and a letter from your department indicating their inability to fund your participation.

For any clarifications or questions, please contact the conference committee at meccsapg2014@leeds.ac.uk. We look forward to receiving your proposals and welcoming you to Leeds next June.

Christiaan De Beukelaer and Toussaint Nothias

The Leeds PGN Conference Organisers

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