CFP: MeCCSA-PGN Conference 2012 (Loughborough)


Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2012

The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) invites submission of abstracts for its annual postgraduate conference to be held on 17th-18th September 2012 at Loughborough University, UK. MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education. The field includes film and TV production, journalism, radio, photography, creative writing, publishing, interactive media and the web. It includes higher education for media practice as well as for media studies. This interdisciplinary conference, sponsored by the ADM-HEA (Art Design and Media Subject Centre) and supported by the Loughborough University Graduate School, gives an opportunity to Masters and PhD students, as well as early stage postdoctoral researchers, to share their work on any topic related to the areas mentioned above. Submissions from within other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences that engage with media, communication or cultural practices are also welcome.

Presentations can be in the form of papers, posters, performances, films or multimedia. Panel proposals are also welcome with up to four presentations. Abstracts of about 250 words (for 15 minute presentations) should be sent no later than 15 June 2012 to


Please include with your abstract:

  • Your name, contact details, institutional affiliation and year of study;
  • Title and topic of research, including method(s) used;
  • Up to five key words (these will help reviewers classify your proposal);
  • Technical requirements for the presentation;
  • An indication of whether you’d be interested in submitting the presentation for inclusion in the MeCCSA-PGN journal, Networking Knowledge.

For Panels

We especially encourage the submission of thematic panels with up to four presentations. To propose a panel there must at least be a minimum of two confirmed participants; once a panel is accepted the organizers may help the panel proposers in recruiting further participants. For panels, we require a short description and rationale (250 words), in addition to abstracts for each of the presentations (250 words each).

For Practice Research

We welcome presentations involving practice-based research. For proposals involving practice research, please include a URL to a web-based preview of the material in your abstract. In case that is not possible, please send across some images/AV material through email or a preview CD/DVD to,

Pawas Bisht,

Department of Social Sciences,

Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK

Keynote Lectures, Workshops and Social Events

In addition to panel presentations, the conference will include keynotes from prominent scholars in the field, as well as academic workshops. We are happy to announce that Prof. Liesbet van Zoonen and Prof. David Buckingham have provisionally confirmed their participation in the event as keynote speakers. Details of these presentations, other plenary sessions and the workshops are being confirmed.

The conference will feature several social events including a conference dinner.

Details of these events as well as other information regarding registration, accommodation and travel will be made available on the conference website closer to the date of the event.

Further Information

Keep watching the websites of the MeCCSA-PGN and the Loughborough University conference for updates.

For periodic updates, follow us on our twitter account @LBOROMeCCSAPGN.

For any clarifications or questions, please contact the conference committee at

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

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