Three-D Issue 32: MeCCSA Conference 2021: Snap Return to Scotland

Sarah Pedersen & Rita Marcella
Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

The 2021 MeCCSA conference will be held Wednesday 8th January to Friday 10th January 2021 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. The RGU campus is based to the south of the city in Garthdee, on the banks of the River Dee, with superb views down the river and easy connections to the city centre. The conference will take place in the Sir Ian Wood Building, part of a £100 million development undertaken in recent years to consolidate the university on one state-of-the-art campus.

Aberdeen has an international airport and good rail connections to the south of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Known as the ‘Granite City’ because of the preponderance of that building material in many of its stately Victorian and Edwardian buildings, it is more well known these days as the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’. The arrival of international oil companies in the 1970s transformed Aberdeen from a fishing port into a cosmopolitan and vibrant city. In recent years festivals such as Look Again, NuArt, Rise Up Quines! and the Doric Film Festival have strengthened its position as the leader of the arts and media in North-East Scotland.

The conference theme will be Silenced Voices, and it is hoped by the organizing committee that this offers a holistic umbrella under which to attract researchers interested in minority, excluded, alternative or powerless communities and their power to influence public discourses. There will be opportunities for a wide variety of perspectives: from the historical to the contemporary; from group-centric to macro-societal changes; from enablement to suppression; from psychological to technological; from the speakers unable to reach their audience, to audiences unable to find their voice.

As well as the conference itself, delegates will be invited to attend the city hall for a reception with the city’s Lord Provost, as well as the traditional pub quiz and conference dinner.

For further information, please contact Sarah Pedersen ( or Rita Marcella (

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