Welcome to MeCCSA, the subject association that represents all who teach or research in Higher Education in media, communications and cultural studies, whether in arts, humanities or social sciences departments. This includes practice-based work as well as more ‘academic’ disciplines.
In this issue:
1 Some change, but battles far from over (Einar Thorsen)
Media Reform 2 So they think it’s all over? (Julian Petley)
4 After the sentence (Bethany Usher)
5 Media plurality (Jonathan Hardy)
8 NSA/GCHQ, state power and surveillance (Lee Salter)
Stuart Hall 10 MeCCSA and Stuart Hall (Peter Golding)
10 Britain’s most distinguished (Graham Murdock)
11 The Stuart Hall Building (Julian Henriques)
12 Remembering the chuckle (Garry Whannel)
14 Media Studies: where are we now? (Sonia Livingstone)
16 What’s happening with Media and Film Studies GCSE and GCE ‘A’ level (Pete Fraser)
MeCCSA Annual Conferences & Features 17 MeCCSA 2014: Media and the Margins (Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Shelley Thompson, Hugh Chignell)
21 MeCCSA 2015: Generations (Rosemary White, James Leggott)
Reports and initiatives
23 Chair’s report (Tim O’Sullivan)
24 Impact of HE policy on work, practices and departmental constitution (Giannina Warren)
25 Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment (Peter Golding)
26 Climate Change Network (Neil Gavin)
27 Practice Network (Michael Chanan)
29 Social Movements Network (Ruth Sanz Sabido)
31 Postgraduate Network (Toussaint Nothias, Christiaan de Beukelaer, Sam Ward)
The changes to the curriculum at GCSE and A level have largely gone under the radar for teachers in higher education. Indeed teachers in schools and colleges are often surprised to discover what’s been happening! For all of us, the future of Media and Film Studies is potentially at stake, so it is important that everyone is made aware of both what is happening and what we might be able to do about it. In this article, I shall outline the context for these changes and describe the precarious position in which Film and Media Studies find themselves.
Twitter: 3,867 conference tweets Live blog: 528 posts and 52 photos Video: 90 video clips Podcasts: 4, with 6hrs audio
This year we had four prizes, three that were awarded at the conference and one that will be awarded at a later stage. The first two awards were judged based on submission of full papers.
Best Paper Award: Media & the Margins, Awarded by the Media School, Bournemouth University Presented to: Balázs Boross, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Journalism Research Prize, Awarded by the Centre for Journalism & Communication Research, Bournemouth University Presented to: Lisette Johnston, City University London
Postgraduate Twitter Award, Awarded by the MeCCSA Executive Committee Presented to: Motilola Akinfemisoye, University of Central Lancashire
The final award is the Postgraduate Conference Report Award. Any postgraduate student wishing to be considered for this award should submit a conference report for publication in the next issue of Three-D. The best report as judged by the MeCCSA Executive Committee will receive the award. To submit your report, please email the Editor, Einar Thorsen, (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of February. Further details to follow.
Plenary photographs by Saeed Rashid, Bournemouth University
Beer festival / quiz photographs by Daniel Weissmann, Bournemouth University
In view of the wide diversity of disciplinary orientation, methodological approach, and conceptual foundation of research in our field, MeCCSA does not publish a detailed code of research practice. Instead MeCCSA has published a statement that outlines a broad set of principles and links to a range of research practice guidelines from various associations, which we believe may be of value in the conduct of members’ research.
Here is the new, updated version of the MeCCSA leaflet for schools and colleges aimed at prospective university students of media, film, and communication studies. All institutional members will be receiving copies of the leaflet, and you are of course free to download further copies for your own use. We hope that you will find it helpful. You can also find more detailed information here, in the FAQs.
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