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MeCCSA 2012 Conference

Date posted: 21/07/2011

MeCCSA 2012 Conference
University of Bedfordshire
11 - 13 January 2012


Call for Papers, deadline: 2 September 2011

In 2012 the MeCCSA annual conference will be hosted by the Bedfordshire Institute for Media, Arts and Performance, University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus Centre.

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; and it includes higher education for media practice as well as for media studies.

They welcome scholarly papers, presentations of practice, posters and panels across the full range of interests represented by MeCCSA and its networks and in particular those which:

  • address new media technologies
  • media policy
  • practice-led research
  • media pedagogy

Plenary speakers include:

  • Steven Barnett on policy
  • Clio Barnard on practice
  • John Downing on alternative media
  • Christine Geraghty on film narrative
  • Stuart Laing on media in higher education
  • Janet Murray on new media

Instructions for Contributors
Abstracts of 250 words for papers,panels, presentations of practice or postersshould be submitted for peer review at by Friday 2 September 2011. Proposers will be notified of proposal acceptance no later than 21 October 2011.


Full panel proposals should include a short description and rationale (200 words) along with abstracts for each of the papers (250 words each) and the name of the person chairing, contact details for all panelists and technical requirements. Panelists should indicate if they are willing to be considered separately.

MeCCSA are keen to support the presentation of practice related to papers in particular when there is insufficient time to present full work during paper presentation. To this end they have allocated a presentation space for practice artefacts which includes screenings, computer based work and multi screen work (where possible). For practice please include specific technical requirements (e.g. duration, format) and an URL pointing to practice support material.



Teaching, learning and assessment in media, communications and cultural studies higher education: the ADM-HEA Prize
The Art Design Media - Higher Education Academy Subject Centre (ADM-HEA) are offering a £500 prize and publication for the best paper analysing key issues impacting on media, communications and cultural studies in higher education.

Submission details as for other papers but a full paper must be with ADM-HEA by 25 November 2011. For more information:

Best submission by a postgraduate or postdoctoral student
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies and SAGE Publishing are offering a prize for the best submission by a postgraduate or postdoctoral student on research which fits the aims of the journal. The winner will have their work published in the journal, receive a year's subscription and £150 worth of SAGE books.

Submissions will be judged by the editors Julia Knight and Alexis Weedon and be submitted by 20 December 2011

The academic poster is highly valued by MeCCSA as an indicator of current research and there will be an open space set aside for poster display. A prize of £100 will be awarded to the best poster judged the MeCCSA Executive Committee.

For more information about all the above: