|This is the Archive of the PGN website (2004-2008)
For updated information, including the
Sixth MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference, Bangor University, Wales, 8-9 July 2009
please visit the new PGN website.
Postgraduate Network News and Events Archive (2004-2008)
New media and (new) media studies: Symposium on Postgraduate Learning and
Teaching in Media and Cultural Studies
Friday 21st November 2008
The event will bring together postgraduate students involved in the Higher Education teaching of Media, Communications and Cultural studies to share experiences, develop collaborative exchanges and face the unique issues and concerns affecting postgraduate tutors within the field. The event is hosted by the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University and the Art-Design-Media Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy and supported by the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies (MeCCSA) Postgraduate Network.
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Fifth MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference 2008
University of Sussex, Brighton
Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd July 2008
The MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association) Postgraduate Network held its fifth annual conference at the University of Sussex, Brighton on the 1st and 2nd July 2008.
The conference was an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work to likeminded individuals in a supportive and productive environment. The conference also included workshops from expert academics on contemporary topics such as publishing, teaching, the RAE, and other issues pertinent to postgraduate students working in the highly political and controversial arena that is the University today.
Second Issue of 'Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN'
Papers from the fourth annual MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference held at the University of the West of England on 12-13 July 2007 have been published in the second issue of the e-journal of the MeCCSA PGN, ‘Networking Knowledge’ (ISSN 1755-9944).
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Launch of 'Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN'
The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network are proud to announce the launch of our new e-journal, 'Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN.' The first issue, 'Minding the Gap: Reflections on Media Practice & Theory' collects together papers from our recent event at the Reuters Institute in Oxford.
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Cultural Borrowings: A Study Day on Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation
University of Nottingham
Wednesday 19th March 2008
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Throughout history, artists have appropriated, sampled or borrowed elements from pre-existing work for use in new cultural texts. When hip-hop artist Dangermouse mixed samples from The Beatles White Album with Jay-Z’s Black Album to produce The Grey Album; or when Todd Haynes paid homage to the works of Douglas Sirk in the film Far From Heaven (2002); or when Jean Rhys reworked Jane Eyre to tell the story of the creole Antoinette in Wide Sargasso Sea, they were all appropriating elements from prior cultural texts for use in the creation of new works.
This one day conference, in association with the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, seeks to interrogate the nature of such cultural borrowings, looking at how we can draw together insights from across the disciplines in order to further develop academic models of appropriation, reworking and transformation.
Plenary Speakers will include Professor Christine Geraghty ( University of Glasgow) and Professor David Hesmondhalgh ( University of Leeds).
Fourth MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference 2007
University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol
Thursday 12 - Friday 13 July 2007
The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network held its Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference in July 2007, at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
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The interdisciplinary conference was an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work, and discuss the academic and social issues relevant to postgraduate studies with fellow academics in a supportive and productive environment.
Keynote speakers included: Prof. Stuart Allan, Prof. Michael Chanan and Elliot Grove from the Raindance Film Festival.
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Edited Collection / E-book
We would like to invite people who presented at the conference to submit article-length versions of their papers for inclusion in an edited collection / ebook which will be published on the MeCCSA-PGN website. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is Monday 3rd September 2007.
> Click here to see the submission criteria
The Fifth MeCCSA Postgraduate Network Conference will be held at the University of Sussex.
Minding the Gap: Reflections on Media Practice & Theory
One-day training symposium for Postgraduates & Early Career Researchers
Reuters Institute, Oxford
Saturday 12th May 2007
Keynote Speaker: Professor Brian Winston, University of Lincoln
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There is an unmistakable gap between intellectual models of mass media institutions and practices, and the ways that practitioners experience the media.
All too often, media theorists lack personal experiences of their topics of study, and university departments separate theory and practice in their internal organisation.
This training day – for postgraduate research students and researchers in the first five years of an academic career – explored the relationship between media theories
and mass media practices across three thematic workshops.
The contributors were researchers and practitioners concerned with factual / non-fiction-based mass media that engages with and represents the 'real world' through
journalistic and documentary formats, and whose products are intended for mass or substantial public circulation - broadcasting, print, photography, film, web, and
multimedia. Fields beyond the scope of the training day included the electronic gaming industry, PR and marketing, the music industry; also productions primarily
intended for artistic or aesthetic purposes or consumption within the education sector or minor non-public audiences.
The event included three workshops
- Workshop 1: Media Practice as Methods of Research and Presentation
- Workshop 2: Theoretical Models in Mass Media Practice
- Workshop 3: Double vocations: Mass Media Practice and Theory
For further information about the event please contact
Audiences in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
3rd–4th April 2007
A MeCCSA Postgraduate Network symposium at the Department of Theatre,
Film and Television Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
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Audiences come in all shapes and forms –as viewers, listeners, readers, users,
participants, fans, aficionados and learners –focusing their attention on a variety
of sources within an increasingly changing media landscape.
The range and
diversity of audiences and their experiences is both exciting and challenging for
researchers, and it is the very nature of the field that requires a multitude of
systematic approaches when studying and teaching about audiences.
This training day aimed to bring together postgraduate researchers interested in
the broad field of audience and reception studies, whether this is in relation to
contemporary or historical audiences, theoretical or empirical work, quantitative
or qualitative studies, questions or answers.
In addition to presenting and
discussing their work in thematic panels, there was an opportunity for
delegates to take part in workshops concerned with ‘how to do’ and ‘how to
teach’ audience and reception studies.
Speakers included Professor Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff School of
Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) and Professor Martin Barker
(Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth).
PGN Newsletter November 2006
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Among the content: Ulster 2006 Annual Conference report, 2007 Bristol Annual Conference info, PGN events in Aberystwyth and Oxford in Spring 2007.
The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, working in conjunction with MECCSA and ADM-HEA, has held the annual conference at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland on the 22nd and 23rd June 2006.
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It has been an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students working in the areas of Film, Media, New Media, Culture and Communications studies to present their work to likeminded individuals in a supportive and productive environment. The conference included workshops from expert academics on contemporary topics such as publishing, teaching, the RAE, and other issues pertinent to postgraduate students working in the highly political and controversial arena that is the University today. The event featured keynote speakers such as Martin McLoone, Sarah Edge and Sue Thornham.
> Click here to download the presentation on the RAE
The previous two conferences held in Birmingham (2004) and Cardiff (2005) were a great success, with keynote speakers such as Peter Golding, Sue Thornham, Terry Threadgold, Maire Messenger-Davis, Ernest Mathijis, Justin Lewis and Greg Philo. The issues discussed centred on the political and academic concerns of postgraduate students, and included issues such as publishing, teaching and researching.