MeCCSA with AMPE conference 2007

Coventry TechnoCentre,
Coventry University Technology Park, Puma Way, Coventry, CV1 2TT, UK
Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 January 2007


We are currently putting together a dynamic, interesting and varied conference programme which we hope will provide a lively context in which to talk about and experience the diversity of research and practice in our field.

…and play!

As well as enjoying the intellectual stimulation provided by the conference programme, we hope that you also find time to experience something of our dynamic city in your downtime. Coventry is a great city to visit and explore, even in January, with the Cathedral being a major attraction. The city also plays host to the latest BBC radio station, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. Or perhaps take in the latest exhibition at the recently revamped Herbert Museum and Art Gallery. The venue for the conference, Coventry TechnoCentre, was joint winner of the Best Conference Venue category in the 2006 Godiva Awards.


Rather than the same old, same old conference dinner of boring mass catering and being stuck on a table with folks you don’t like, this year we have arranged a networking supper instead at the fantastic Herbert café (Thursday, 7.30-9.30 pm). Maria, who runs the café franchise has an excellent and creative group of staff who have promised to give us a wonderful culninary experience – the quality of the intellectual experience will be entirely down to us however! Local band Honeytrap will be providing the musical accompaniment, so make sure that you have your ticket for this delight. You can buy your ticket when you make your registration booking or at the registration desk during the conference on Wednesday only – price: £15.


The postgraduate research student community at Coventry School of Art and Design are pleased to welcome postgraduate students to the conference and invite you to join them for coffee, chat and networking before the main conference reception at 6.30pm. TechnoCentre restaurant, Wednesday 10 January, 5.15pm – 6.15pm.

Film festival

The Coventry i-blink film festival opens on the afternoon of Friday 12 January and goes on to Sunday 14 January. It is the first international film festival to be hosted in the city. The showcase event is a screening of short films made by new filmmakers shortlisted from the i-blink scriptwriting competition. As part of the prize-giving event, Pratibha Parmar will be talking about her latest film, Nina’s Heavenly Delights. The festival will include screenings of shorts and feature films produced by new talent, workshops and discussions, at a variety of venues in Coventry. Your ticket will give you entry to any and all of the i-blink festival events. You can buy your ticket when you make your registration booking or at the registration desk during the conference on Wednesday and Thursday only – price: £10.

Published proceedings

We are currently in discussion with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, who are interested in publishing a thematic selection of papers from the conference. If you would like your paper to be considered for inclusion in the collection, please provide a chapter-length version of your paper (approx 8,000 words) to Jane Wynn by 2 March 2007.

‘Working with sound’ workshop

Please note that places are limited for the ‘working with sound’ workshop on the morning of Thursday 11 January (11am – 12.30pm), so please book your place early at the registration desk.

Further information

For further information about the conference, please contact the conference administrator, Jane Wynn, at We look forward to welcoming you to our city in 2007.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bruce Brown, Chair, RAE Panel O
  • Ian Diamond, Chief Executive, ESRC
  • Philip Esler, Chief Executive, AHRC
  • Suzanne Franks, BBC History Project
  • Peter Golding, Chair, RAE Sub-Panel 66
  • Cees Hamelink, University of Amsterdam
  • Kerensa Jennings, Executive Editor, BBC News
  • Heather Stewart, Cultural Programming Director, BFI
  • Fran Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering, BBC

See the Speakers page for further details.

Election of Executive Committee 2007

Nominations for the new MeCCSA with AMPE Executive Committee closed on 1 December 2006. Election ballot papers will be sent out to members in early December 2006 and votes will be taken until 11 January 2007. A ballot box will be available to delegates at the conference registration desk until midday on Thursday 11 January, after which the votes will be counted in readiness for the new committee members to be welcomed at the AGM later that day.

Coventry visitor information


We have agreed preferential rates for conference delegates at the following hotels. Please contact and make your booking with the hotel direct. You will need to phone the hotel and quote the conference reference in order to be given the discounted rate:

Other accommodation:

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