Call for Papers
CONFERENCE THEME: CONNECTED FUTURES?
Rapid changes in the media industry have meant both producers and consumers have had to adapt very quickly to the many transformations of recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated some of these existing trends, including the rise of streaming services and the 24-hour news cycle, both of which have had significant impacts on production and consumption habits. Media bring people together but also keep them apart, simultaneously connecting and separating, bridging physical distances, yet also potentially creating emotional voids. It is often said media technology is speeding up the pace of human life at the expense of connecting and relating to fellow human beings, though arguably, this has been a perennial concern and anxiety about the communication media for at least the last century.
This conference wishes to open up the whole question and theme of our connected media futures: exploring where we are, how we got here and where we might be heading in the future. What are the implications of technological developments for content producers, screenwriters, journalists, scholars and other professionals? We encourage not only focus on where we are going but also any potential solutions. We also want to consider how media affect relationships of all kinds where, for example, technology in film and television stories often acts as narrative glue. What are the processes and qualities of the various relationships between people, communication media and content?
We invite proposals for scholarly papers, themed panels, posters, film screenings and other practice-based contributions. Proposals might engage with the various social, political, economic, artistic, individual, collective, institutional, representational and technological dimensions of media futures and connected relationships. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Changing Journalistic Practices, Production and Consumption
• Representations of race, gender, sexuality, disability and social class in media narratives
• The future of television SVODs, FAST, AVOD, TVOD, and of public service broadcasting
• The future of the cinema industry and of movie theatres
• The future of music consumption, podcasts and radio
• The future of nations and regions media
• Media safety and privacy
• Social media including activism/influencing
• Virtual and augmented reality
• Media disconnections
Submitting your proposal for an individual presentation:
Please submit abstracts for individual papers (max 250 words) with presentation title, up to 5 key words, your name, affiliation and email address to
Submitting your proposal for a panel, roundtable, screening or event:
Proposals should include a short description and rationale (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the 3-4 papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the proposer with up to 5 key words.
The proposer should coordinate the submissions as a single proposal. Again, the proposal should be submitted via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=meccsa20230
We actively support the presentation of practice-as-research and have a flexible approach to practice papers and presentations. This may include opportunities to present papers and screenings in the same sessions or as part of a separate screening strand. We also welcome shorter papers in association with short screenings.
We welcome abstracts from early career and postgraduate researchers.
MeCCSA Conference Bursaries
MeCCSA is awarding a limited number of bursaries for the conference for Postgraduate Researchers, Unwaged and Sessional scholars which will waive conference fee as well as provide up to £200 for travel and accommodation costs. Please note that the bursary is only available to MeCCSA members: you either have to have individual MeCCSA membership or be associated to a University which has institutional membership. Process for applying for the bursaries will be confirmed shortly.
Contact for Queries: MECCSA2023@gcu.ac.uk