Call for Papers: MeCCSA 2015 Conference

7-9 JANUARY 2015
NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY
THEME: GENERATIONS
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 1 SEPTEMBER 2014
EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: closed (22 SEPTEMBER 2014)

Colleagues – we are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts, panel proposals and posters for the 2015 MeCCSA conference which is being hosted by Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne).

The conference theme is ‘Generations’, offering participants the opportunity to reflect upon historical and contemporary shifts in academic environments, theories, research approaches and trends, professional practice and the various ways in which the concept of generation/s informs diverse media and communication genres. Abstracts, panel proposals and posters on all topics within the broad scope of MeCCSA’s remit are, of course, also very welcome.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Professor Karen Boyle, Dr Ian Brown, Professor Bob Franklin, Dr Paulo Gerbaudo, Dr Donna Leishman, Professor Dafna Lemish, Professor Lynn Segal, Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido

Theme topics could include:

• mediated age and ageing;
• generations of cultural theory and cultural theorists;
• generations of political approaches to media studies, for example: feminist and post-feminist; lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender and/or queer; Marxist and postmarxist; postmodernity and beyond;
• generations of technologies;
• generations of media practice and practices;
• generations of consumers and forms of consumption, for example: audiences for film, television and radio; social networking; an communities; online gaming; youth cultures; subcultures; children’s cultures;
• generations of media policy and policy-makers as the twenty-first century gets into its stride;
• generation and re-generation of objects, locations and stars through media representations or public policy;
• the challenges ahead for current and future generations of academics and researchers, for example, the future of journals and open-access publications; researching the digital environment.

PRACTICE GUIDELINES

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.

PRIZES

A dedicated space will be provided for poster presentations and a Northumbria University prize will be awarded to the best poster. Two MeCCSA prizes for PGR activities will also be awarded: one for the best conference write-up (which will be published in the post-conference issue of Three-D) and the other for the most interesting and prolific conference tweeter, both awards to be judged by members of the MeCCSA PGN.

SUBMISSION

Individual abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted as an attachment and emailed by 1 September 2014 to: ad.meccsa2015@northumbria.ac.uk. 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.

For papers and panels, don’t forget to include your contact details and paper/panel title. Please attach as a word document.

POSTGRADUATE BURSARIES

A small number of bursaries will be available for PhD students to present at the conference. Please indicate when you submit your abstract, if you would like to be considered for a bursary. We will provide details of the application process once the deadline for submitting abstracts has passed.

ENQUIRIES

For all enquires, please contact the organising team at: ad.meccsa2015@northumbria.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle!

Posted by Einar Thorsen